If you’re an avid Eat Drink Better reader, you know sugar’s not exactly ideal. You probably also know that we’re eating an overly-sweetened diet due mostly to corn-based sweeteners like high fructose corn syrup.
That’s just the tip of the iceberg. In a recent lecture, University of California San Francisco professor Robert Lustig dug deep into the real hazards of sugar, from its effects on our bodies to its strong link to the obesity epidemic. The complete lecture, Sugar: The Bitter Truth, is above.
The lecture is a little less than 90 minutes. It’s a bit of a time commitment, but it’s worth the watch. Lustig does a fantastic job of breaking down not just sugar’s effects but how we got to where we are today and his thoughts on how we can really fight obesity.
So what do you guys think? I was particularly shocked by the chart showing the rise in obesity since the government began encouraging us to reduce our dietary fat intake from 40% to 30% of our diets. The part linking high blood pressure and sugar-sweetened beverages really struck me, too. Did anything in the lecture stick with you?
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