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Of Course Sugar Is A Drug

Here is a very damning article about sugar. It’s an interview with Robert H Lustig, a medical expert at the University of California. Some of the excerpts below are scary.

The Wall Street Journal asked Americans what are the most dangerous of four substances in America: tobacco, 49 percent; alcohol, 24 percent; sugar, 15 percent; and then marijuana, 8 percent. Sugar was doubly worrisome to Americans than marijuana was. How about that?

Sugar is the alcohol of a child. You would never let a child drink a can of Budweiser, but you would never think twice about a can of Coke. Yet what it does to the liver, what it does to the arteries, what it does to the heart is all the same. And that’s why we have adolescents with type 2 diabetes.

There are three negative biochemical effects sugar has on the body:

One, fructose, the sweet molecule in sugar, is not metabolized like glucose. It’s metabolized in the mitochondria, and it is metabolized in the liver to liver fat. That liver fat mucks up the workings of the liver and leads to a process called insulin resistance. That raises your insulin levels because your pancreas has to make more insulin. That drives all the chronic metabolic diseases we know about, plus it burns out the pancreas, leading to diabetes.

Two, cellular aging. When bananas ripen, they brown. The sugar in the bananas binds to proteins in the bananas nonenzymatically, even in dead tissue. That’s called the cellular aging or Maillard reaction. That happens to everyone all the time, so we brown inside. You don’t want to brown very fast, but we’re all browning because that’s how we age. But sugar makes us brown seven times faster; it basically kills our organs quicker.

Three, sugar is addictive. So a little makes you want more, because of the effect of the reward center of the brain.

For other drugs of abuse, we limit them in various ways. If they’re legal drugs of abuse, we make them expensive and we have all sorts of restrictions on access. But for sugar we have nothing. We give it to newborns, we give it to two-year-olds, we have it at birthday parties and at school, etc. So we have a nation of childhood addicts; just walk into any supermarket and watch these kids nag their parents for the stuff. That’s why we should regulate it.

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Amazing Sugar Story

Andres Vargas

I have been hearing for years how terrible sugar is—fattening, rotting your teeth, bad for your health, like a poison for your body, causes diabetes, heart disease, promotes cancers, which thrive on it.

But a top athlete, Andres Vargas, wrote that he can even tell that it affects his performance. Andres played squash for Trinity College, the top team in the country, and finished the year as number six in the country. His college squash record is at the bottom of this post.

Hi Ira,

I just finished reading the article by Jonny Bowden you mentioned on your blog and thought it was pretty interesting.
For me, the sugar is much worse than high cholesterol foods in an athletes diet. Personally, my performance changes
noticeably when I eat a lot of sugar, but it changes slightly when I eat foods such as milk or egg yolks. Anyway this
was just a comment to the post on your blog.

Best as always, Andres Vargas

Here is a typical description of the dangers of eating sugar that I pulled from the internet:

The truth is, most American consumers are so addicted to sugar that they will deny their addictions in the same way that a crack or heroin addict might. And yet, when it comes down to it, sugar controls their behavior. If they don’t have their sugar in the morning (in their coffee, pancakes and cereals), sugar at lunch (in the salad dressing, pasta sauce, soda and restaurant food) and sugar at dinner (there’s sugar in pizza, ketchup and BBQ sauce, plus virtually all restaurant foods), then they suffer serious withdrawal symptoms and go crazy with moodiness and irritability. They start blaming everyone around them for silly things, and they may even become sweaty and light-headed.

Refined white sugar is a pleasure drug. If you don’t believe me, just put a spoonful on your tongue and observe the instantaneous effects. You’ll experience a warming, comfortable feeling that makes you feel safe and happy. They’re not called “comfort foods” by accident.

Sugar is, essentially, a legalized recreational drug that’s socially acceptable to consume. And yet, just like other drugs, it destroys a person’s health over time, rotting out their teeth, disrupting normal brain function, promoting heart disease and directly causing diabetes and obesity. The argument that “street drugs are outlawed because they’re dangerous to a person’s health” falls flat on its face when you consider what sugar does to the human body. It’s a lot more dangerous than marijuana, for example, and yet marijuana is illegal to possess or consume.

Andres’ college squash record:

Tri-captain…three-year starter…CSA First Team All-American…two-time CSA Second Team All-American…3rd on team in wins last season…2007-08 CSA First Team All-American… won the deciding match in a 5-4 triumph at Princeton in 2008- 09…2007-08 NESCAC Rookie of the Year…2nd on team in wins in 2007 08…member and captain of the Colombian National Team…majoring international studies and hispanic studies…son of Martha Heredia and Raul Vargas.

YEAR BY YEAR RECORDS
2007-08 18-2
2008-09 15-3
2009-10 16-1

Career 49-6

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