This is perhaps the scariest article I’ve read in a loooong while. Over the last few years I’ve been acutely aware of the amounts of sugar in my diet and have worked really hard to cut back. I still eat ice cream and the occasional sweet, but it’s amazing how much everyday food items are loaded with sugar and salt. Appalling really.
Sugar is not just an empty calorie, he says; its effect on us is much more insidious. “It’s not about the calories,” he says. “It has nothing to do with the calories. It’s a poison by itself.”
If Lustig is right, then our excessive consumption of sugar is the primary reason that the numbers of obese and diabetic Americans have skyrocketed in the past 30 years. But his argument implies more than that. If Lustig is right, it would mean that sugar is also the likely dietary cause of several other chronic ailments widely considered to be diseases of Western lifestyles — heart disease, hypertension and many common cancers among them.