Scientific team sounds the alarm on sugar as a source of disease

January 2, 2015 by Barbara Sadick, Chicago Tribune
Sugar

Is sugar making us sick? A team of scientists at the University of California in San Francisco believes so, and they're doing something about it. They launched an initiative to bring information on food and drink and added sugar to the public by reviewing more than 8,000 scientific papers that show a strong link between the consumption of added sugar and chronic diseases.

The common belief until now was that sugar just makes us fat, but it's become clear through research that it's making us sick. For example, there's the rise in fatty-, the emergence of Type 2 diabetes as an epidemic in children and the dramatic increase in metabolic disorders.

Laura Schmidt, a UCSF professor at the School of Medicine and the lead investigator on the project, SugarScience, said the idea is to make the findings comprehensible and clear to everyone. The results will be available to all on a website (SugarScience.org) and social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter.

Added sugars, Schmidt said, are sugars that don't occur naturally in foods. They are found in 74 percent of all packaged foods, have 61 names and often are difficult to decipher on . Although the U.S. Food and Drug Administration requires to list ingredients on packaging, the suggested daily values of natural and added sugars can't be found.

The FDA is considering a proposal to require manufacturers to list information on sugars in the same way they do for fats, cholesterol, sodium, carbohydrates and protein. But because so much added sugar is dumped into so many products, one average American breakfast of cereal would likely exceed a reasonable daily limit.

"SugarScience shows that a calorie is not a calorie but rather that the source of a calorie determines how it's metabolized," said pediatric endocrinologist Robert Lustig, a member of the SugarScience team and the author of "Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity, and Disease." Lustig said that more than half of the U.S. population is sick with metabolic syndrome, a group of risk factors for chronic diseases such as , diabetes and liver disease that are directly related to the excessive consumption of added sugars in the Western diet.

Figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show the category of heart attack/stroke as the leading cause of death in the United States. Every day, 2,200 Americans die of cardiovascular disease. That's about 800,000 a year, or one in three deaths.

The latest statistics from the American Diabetes Association show that 29.1 million Americans, or 9.3 percent, have diabetes. Of that number, 21 million have been diagnosed and 8.1 million have not, and the numbers continue to grow, according to the association.

It doesn't stop there. The American Liver Foundation says at least 30 million Americans, or 1 in 10, has one of 100 kinds of liver disease.

Clinicians widely believe that obesity is the cause of metabolic disease. Although it is a marker for these diseases, Lustig said, it's not the cause. "Too much sugar causes chronic metabolic disease in both fat and thin people," he said, "and instead of focusing on obesity as the problem, we should be focusing on our processed-food supply."

The average American consumes 19.5 teaspoons (78 grams) of sugar a day, substantially more than the amount recommended by the American Heart Association. The association sets these limits: 6 teaspoons (24 grams) for women, 9 teaspoons (36 grams) for men, and 3-6 teaspoons (12-24 grams) for children, depending on age. Just one 12-ounce soda contains 8 to 9 teaspoons (32-36 grams) of sugar.

Liquid sugar in sodas, energy drinks and sports drinks is the leading source of added sugar in the American diet. That represents 36 percent of all added sugars consumed, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. And because liquid does not include fiber, the body processes it quickly. That causes more sugar to be sent to the pancreas and liver than either can process properly, and the resulting buildup of sugar leads to heart disease, diabetes and liver disease.

Consuming too much sugar causes the level of glucose sugar in the bloodstream to increase. That, in turn, causes the pancreas to release high levels of insulin that cause the body to store extra calories as fat.

Too much insulin also affects the hormone leptin, a natural appetite suppressant that signals the brain to stop eating when full. But the imbalance of insulin levels caused by the intake of too much sugar causes lipid resistance, and the brain no longer gets that signal.

Another member of the SugarScience team, Dean Schillinger, is a professor of medicine at UCSF and a practicing primary care doctor at San Francisco General Hospital. He believes the overconsumption of added sugars is a social problem, not a problem of individual choice and freedom.

"People are becoming literate about the toxic effects of sugar," Schillinger said, "and have more understanding of the idea that high doses are bad for one's health." He sees evidence that those in a higher socioeconomic bracket are taking steps to limit intake of sugar when compared with poorer, less literate people.

Healthy food is expensive and less readily accessible in poorer neighborhoods, and because corn is so abundant and cheap, it is added to many food products. "Dumping high fructose corn syrup into cheap foods, sodas, sports drinks and energy drinks is toxic to the body, causing epidemic metabolic diseases and a serious health crisis," Schillinger said.

To underscore the scope of the problem, he pointed out that during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, 1,500 American soldiers lost a limb in combat. In that same period, 1.5 million people in the U.S. lost limbs to amputations from Type 2 diabetes, a preventable disease. "We have yet to mobilize for a public health war," he said, "but the time has come to do so."

Such a war would have to take on the root causes of the problem. As a nation, Schillinger added, we would need to look at our food policies, food pricing, availability of healthy foods, and the marketing being carried out by food and beverage industries to hook the public on unhealthy choices loaded with added sugar.

Frank Hu, a professor of nutrition and epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health, is not a SugarScience researcher, but he agreed that the amount of sugar consumed by the American public is too high. SugarScience, he said, is being helpful by bringing the information about added to public attention.

"It's just about impossible," Hu said, "to know from food labels what kinds and amounts of sugars are in a product." That's why he thinks the FDA should require food companies to list those amounts on all food labels so people know what they're eating, in what amounts they're eating it, and what amounts are safe.

Food labels are important, Schillinger said, and they need to be revised, but the most important change needed is to make the healthier choice the easier choice.

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gavinwca
2.4 / 5 (14) Jan 02, 2015
Science has been falsifying research about sugar and sugar substitutes for so long , average Americans find it hard to believe anything they say anymore. Their research turns out to have been maneuvered for political or personal reason instead of by facts for so long how can anyone believe anything they say, I personally do not believe anything that comes from a researcher in the Anti American Ivey leagues colleges.
JVK
1.9 / 5 (10) Jan 02, 2015
http://medicalxpr...ant.html

I recommend that we put the pseudoscientists touting random mutations and the serious scientists who understand the bio-physically constrained chemistry of protein folding into the same room, and let them compare whatever experimental evidence of biologically-based cause and effect they think supports their claims.

Until they emerge, all those who tout the pseudoscientific nonsense about beneficial mutations should be placed on a high carbohydrate diet, while the serious scientists are allowed to eat sensibly.

Alternatively, both groups could look at what has been revealed about RNA-mediated links between metabolic networks and genetic networks in the context of nutrigenomics and pharmacogenomics and cell type differentiation. See: Clinically Actionable Genotypes Among 10,000 Patients With Preemptive PharmacogenomicTesting http://www.nature...29a.html
stargirl1
2.4 / 5 (12) Jan 02, 2015
there is also a strong link between exposure to leftist propaganda and the development of chronic misery.
swedishredfish
2.6 / 5 (5) Jan 02, 2015
Isn't the point that eating *too much* sugar is the problem, and the health problems only occur with the weight problems : when you eat much more sugar than you can metabolize ?

Making sugar out to be a health problem on its own is nonsense that takes the onus away from people's bad eating habits, leading people to avoid taking moral responsibility.

The same fuss was brought up about carbs a few years back. I knew several people who told me they were avoiding eating bread because "bread is bad -- bread makes you fat." One of them ate tons of fruit in place of bread, and was complaining she was still gaining weight even after cutting out the bread. And a lot of people picked up the ridiculous habit of scooping out the insides of bagels.
OZGuy
2.3 / 5 (6) Jan 02, 2015
Volume consumed not the sugar itself is the problem.

Drink enough water and that could kill you too
http://www.scient...an-kill/
lcky_1998
2 / 5 (4) Jan 02, 2015
I am so sick of it's sugar.. it's the air.. it's the water.. it's cigarettes.. it's LIVING that causes disease..
James_Kent
1.7 / 5 (6) Jan 03, 2015
Too much of ANYTHING can kill you. This is another fishing expedition for grant $$$$$$. Sugar is ALWAYS in your blood or you die. It is the most fundamental part of the intermediary metabolism.
James_Kent
2.2 / 5 (9) Jan 03, 2015
Also, Has anyone noticed that now, anything we touch or consume, from air to water to calories to CAFE standards on cars is being controlled under penalty of law by the federal government, without the benefit of legislation ? We are arriving at universal RATIONING by dictat.
Pithikos
1.7 / 5 (6) Jan 03, 2015
They should pinpoint if the people with high consumptions of sugars in their studies were fatties. With statistics you can link anything with anything as long as two lines in a graph look similar.
who_are_u
1.6 / 5 (7) Jan 03, 2015
I see the link. Sugar causes global warming, er, climate change, er, extreme weather, er; what are we calling it today?
alfie_null
4.6 / 5 (9) Jan 03, 2015
All this commentary deriding the research. Not for particularly good science reasons either, I'd add. Anti-sugar-research as the anti-science du jour? Kind of reminds me of anti-AGW or the anti-evolution and anti-universe-is-really-old chuff we had a few years back.
daniel_farrow
4.6 / 5 (11) Jan 03, 2015
Some are denying this research, really? US obesity rates have gone up from 15% in the 1970s to over 35% today and so has our intake of highly processed foods with lots of added sugar. This period has also included the "low fat" craze where fats were removed from products and replaced with sugar! It is fairly evident that over-consumption of sugar is a major issue. Of course, a small amount of daily sugar is fine (about 6-9 teaspoons daily), but no one should be eating processed canned or boxed foods with added sugars every meal of the day. Just don't drink any sweetened drinks or processed snacks, chips, cereals, boxed meals, etc. Minimize grain consumption because that is simply sugar, as well. Eat fresh cooked local vegetables, grass fed / pasture raised meats and dairy, and home/locally made breads. Occasionally, have a treat that is home made or from a local small bakery to ensure it has high quality ingredients and no preservatives, high fructose corn syrup, dyes, etc.
longun45
1 / 5 (6) Jan 03, 2015
The researchers will NOT look at
The effects of High Fructose corn syrup on obesity and it's addictive qualities
The effects of an artificially low Iodine levels in the body and how bromine displaces Iodine.
The effects of fluoride in water supplies.

They want a convenient boogie man they can lie about at will.
Benni
3.5 / 5 (8) Jan 03, 2015
@ d_f: I remember as a kid growing up, so many neighbor women commented to my mother about what skinny kids she had, especially me, she kept us off the fat snacks & sugary stuff. So many of my school chums were always sick with something & my parents would comment to us that it was their diet. In my teen years I was always the best running athlete on whatever sports teams I played on, skinny by today's standards but never sick.

Now all my preteen kids & teen son look just like me & my wife when we were their age, and to boot they are almost never sick as we never were, not the case with so many of their school classmates. There are no soda pop drinks in our house ever, no donuts, no candy, just six birthday cakes/year as the limit on sugar snacking. Our meat is all grassfed stock, mostly bison.

We hardly know what the inside of a McDonald's looks like, last time we were inside one was to use the bathroom, about the only worthwhile feature of any fast food joint.
dhelffrich
4 / 5 (4) Jan 03, 2015

For all you skeptics out there questioning diet "breakthroughs" unsupported by scientific research, I empathize. In this case, however, the observations of these sugar researchers are consistent with substantial NIH research. The problems with processed sugar are part of a bigger dietetic picture that is well-described in the literature. For example, "Inflammation Nation" written in 2006 by Dr. "Sky" Chilton, describes the research process that uncovered the dietetic reasons for modern epidemics of arthritis, heart disease, allergies, and asthma over the past 40 years mainly in advanced societies. This volume also describes the chemistry of how many processed foods (like white sugar and white bread) "trick" our body chemistry into inflammatory attacks that harm healthy tissues, and concludes with specific diets that address the problem. (Using the genome, our understanding of inflammation chemistry and positive dietetic practices continues to evolve - see "Gene Smart" by Chilton)
big_hairy_jimbo
4 / 5 (4) Jan 03, 2015
Don't forget to include the intestines in this equation either. The sugar we consume will also be digested by them, changing the natural balance of intestinal flora. That is when problems occur.

As someone mentioned above, just don't eat stuff from packets!!! Read the labels. Healthy food isn't as expensive as this article makes out. In fact I could cook healthy tasty meals for my family cheaper than I could get a McDonalds meal for my family!!!! Look around, there is always good food on special, buy that, and have a go at cooking!!!!!!!!! Remember that?? Cooking???
stan_olson_104
1.4 / 5 (5) Jan 03, 2015
I remember many years ago a comment from a Chemist co-worker telling me that Oxygen was deadly at levels less than 1%! Think about it.
carl_curmudgeon
2.8 / 5 (4) Jan 03, 2015
"Pour some sugar on me." ~ Joe Elliott
JamesWebbsSpaceScope
3.5 / 5 (4) Jan 03, 2015
I remember many years ago a comment from a Chemist co-worker telling me that Oxygen was deadly at levels less than 1%! Think about it.


Deep maaaan! Food is also deadly at levels equalling 5 calories per day.

It's all irrelevant. Sugar causes inflammation.

The old axiom of "All things are poison, it's only the dosage that makes it medicine or not" is a good one, bur it only goes so far.
mooster75
3.5 / 5 (4) Jan 04, 2015
"Pour some sugar on me." ~ Joe Elliott

It's a tough crowd!
bobthemoron
2 / 5 (5) Jan 04, 2015
More alarmism for the sake of receiving grant money. Nothing but more smoke. Got to keep them worker bees worried so that they don't notice that you are stealing all of the honey.
TheGhostofOtto1923
3 / 5 (3) Jan 04, 2015
"Added sugars, Schmidt said, are sugars that don't occur naturally in foods."

-It's not just added sugar but the sugar in our domesticated foods. Because of chronic overpopulation, foods have consistently been selected for quantity over quality. Our fruits for instance are bulbous distorted versions of their wild counterparts. They provide calories but relatively little nutrition.

The foods we eat today are not the ones we evolved on. Most have been created within the last 10k years and our physiologies have not had time to adapt. People who fear GM foods should temper this with the understanding that what we eat has already been extensively modified.
luvdogs
2 / 5 (4) Jan 04, 2015
Goody the food police is out. Unless you live under a rock you know that to much sugar is bad. It would be nice if people actually cooked for their family, but you know what? It's none of my business what other people do. It's theirs. Just like it none of anyones business what I choose to eat or cook. People are fat because they want and choose to be. I bet if you told them that the tax payers are not going to take care of all their problems brought on by being a lazy cook, they may have a change of heart on how they cook and how many soda's they drink.
Yukiko
2.3 / 5 (3) Jan 04, 2015
The argument here should be 'too much sugar is bad for you'. That is pretty much settled. Information overload is the problem. If you read at the nutritional information panel on any food you will see the listing 'Total Carbs.' Further reading will tell you how many carbohydrates are from fiber and how many are from sugar. As far as sugar content goes I can pretty much tell what foods are not good for me. Adding redundant information will only have more people ignoring the 'Nutrition Facts' already posted on the package. The nutritional facts cover most of what you need to know about whether or not a food is good for you. I rarely read the list of ingredients as most of them are pretty much Greek to anyone but a chemist.
kochevnik
1.6 / 5 (5) Jan 04, 2015
Not all sugars are equal. HFCS is about 13 times more damaging than "table sugar" while Cuban cans sugar is about 1/3 as damaging as USA "table sugar." One can simply look as the relatively fresh faces of elderly Russians compared to the crinkly raisin faces of Americans to see the difference empirically, and it cuts across all income lines
devan95
1.6 / 5 (7) Jan 04, 2015
1. College profs have earned themselves a reputation for being far left loons and therefore are difficult to take seriously. 2. Ever wonder why "scientists" never seem to discover anything man made that actually makes us HEALTHIER and prolongs life? Well, nothing generates donations/grants quite as well as fear. And if there was nothing out there really harming us, what would the trial lawyers do....?
devan95
1 / 5 (6) Jan 04, 2015
Remember when catalytic converters were such a air cleansing breakthrough that the govt. mandated every vehicle must have one? Heard anything lately about catalytic converters or how much air quality has improved? Beware the scam.
thingumbobesquire
2.3 / 5 (3) Jan 04, 2015
Yikes! Processed food has a license to kill...
devan95
1 / 5 (2) Jan 04, 2015
Years ago we were told salt was bad. So I stopped using salt. Now my thyroid is the size of a golf ball. They forgot to tell us about the reason salt was IODIZED! Thanks a lot, "scientists."
babyfacemagee
5 / 5 (3) Jan 04, 2015
Actually no. The problem IS sugar because there are THIN people with metabolic disease as well as fat people. A fat person might have additional problems caused by their excess weight but it is sugar that triggers the unwanted responses from the liver and pancreas including too much insulin being released into the system and leptin insensitivity. As Dr. Lustig has shown in his research, a calorie is NOT just a calorie. A calorie of protein or fat is metabolized differently by the human body than a calorie of sugar is. It is this difference in metabolization that is the root of the problem thus it doesn't matter if you do tons of exercise to try and burn off extra calories...it is the sugar that is the problem...in both thin and fat people. Go watch Dr. Lustig's video on Youtube called 'Sugar: The Bitter Truth' and it'll completely change the way you see sugar. It really is a poison.
babyfacemagee
4 / 5 (4) Jan 04, 2015
Remember when catalytic converters were such a air cleansing breakthrough that the govt. mandated every vehicle must have one? Heard anything lately about catalytic converters or how much air quality has improved? Beware the scam.


Actually catalytic converters are on every gasoline powered car in the states and they do make a tremendous difference in the types of chemicals that are released into the air from a vehicle. How you possibly think that catalytic converters are useless or that they are no longer used is beyond me. I guarantee your car has at least one and as many as 4 catalytic converters...all gasoline autos have them.
devan95
1 / 5 (2) Jan 04, 2015
Remember when catalytic converters were such a air cleansing breakthrough that the govt. mandated every vehicle must have one? Heard anything lately about catalytic converters or how much air quality has improved? Beware the scam.


Actually catalytic converters are on every gasoline powered car in the states and they do make a tremendous difference in the types of chemicals that are released into the air from a vehicle. How you possibly think that catalytic converters are useless or that they are no longer used is beyond me. I guarantee your car has at least one and as many as 4 catalytic converters...all gasoline autos have them.


Please wait until your ideological fever subsides and then re read my post. Then post links to RECENT articles stating facts on how catalytic converters have improved air quality. My point is the left will never be happy no matter what we do until they kill off capitalism and then they will be mad at something/one else.
devan95
2 / 5 (4) Jan 04, 2015
And if you ever wonder how wrong these "scientists" can be and that they are really driven by ideology, consider that they are now insisting that global warming is caused by man made CO2, right? Well, what do you suppose catalytic converters create? Yup, CO2! What we really need to eliminate in our diets is this constant stream of scams and hoaxes, perpetuated by power hungry politicians, anti-capitalists and greedy trial lawyers.
TheGhostofOtto1923
3.7 / 5 (3) Jan 04, 2015
Goody the food police is out. Unless you live under a rock you know that to much sugar is bad. It would be nice if people actually cooked for their family, but you know what? It's none of my business what other people do.
Heres a nice list of the $billions that fat people are costing us.
http://www.phitam...osts.htm

-One big fat one:

"$190 billion -- That's the amount of added medical costs every year that are estimated to stem from obesity-related problems. It's nearly 21% of total U.S. health care costs."

-Efforts should begin immediately to shift these costs back onto fat people where they belong. Maybe if they dont have enough money for twinkies then theyll cut down.
TheGhostofOtto1923
3.7 / 5 (3) Jan 04, 2015
Heres some encouragement;

"If you smoke or you're overweight, have high cholesterol or high blood pressure, you could be forced to pay a lot more for health insurance, according to new regulations just issued by the Obama administration.

"For smoking, for being overweight, for being obese and basically, for generally not meeting the health guidelines, the employer can charge 30 percent more - for smoking, 50 percent more," explains John Goodman, President of the National Center for Policy Analysis in Dallas."

-John Goodman - how ironic.
http://www.imdb.c...0000422/
Duude
1 / 5 (2) Jan 04, 2015
I see, they got Michelle's talking points for 2015.
Seriously, too many years in your life is hazardous to your health too.
DeadGuy
not rated yet Jan 04, 2015
Don't know whether sugar is scientifically proven to be detrimental to your health in general. What I do know is that after I had a fatal heart attack in 2007, I lost 50# by reducing my sugar intake. I know that I feel better, more energetic and more alert when I'm largely abstaining from processed sugar products. Don't know what else to say about it.

It works for me.
rickynelsun
5 / 5 (1) Jan 04, 2015
Noble Laureate Dr Otto Warburg won the Noble Prize for showing sugar was poison to cancer patients. It's highly acidic and robs the cells of oxygen. It decays teeth. My guess is it bad for you no matter what!
Vietvet
3 / 5 (4) Jan 04, 2015
Don't know whether sugar is scientifically proven to be detrimental to your health in general. What I do know is that after I had a fatal heart attack in 2007, I lost 50# by reducing my sugar intake. I know that I feel better, more energetic and more alert when I'm largely abstaining from processed sugar products. Don't know what else to say about it.

It works for me.


Don't know whether sugar is scientifically proven to be detrimental to your health in general. What I do know is that after I had a fatal heart attack in 2007, I lost 50# by reducing my sugar intake. I know that I feel better, more energetic and more alert when I'm largely abstaining from processed sugar products. Don't know what else to say about it.

It works for me.


You had a"fatal" heart attack???? You must be posting from the grave!
rickynelsun
not rated yet Jan 04, 2015
The prime cause of cancer is the replacement of the respiration of oxygen in normal body cells by a fermentation of sugar. Nobel laureate Dr. Otto Warburg. This stuff is poison!

DeadGuy
5 / 5 (5) Jan 04, 2015



You had a"fatal" heart attack???? You must be posting from the grave!


I crashed while resting between racquetball matches -- sitting on a sofa in the lounge. At some point someone noticed I was turning blue and wasn't breathing. 2 guys dragged me to the floor, checked for pulse/respiration and upon finding none, started CPR. Numerous times during CPR they checked for pulse/respiration -- none found. Approx. 20 min later EMT shows up -- checks for pulse/respiration -- none found. They take up CPR where the other 2 guys left off. After several minutes, still no pulse and respiration. Out come the jumper cables. Turns over on the first try -- first pulse and respiration on my own after approx. 20+ minutes. Don't know what else to call it... A number of my docs tell me I'd have been called before the EMTs got there, which is a little unsettling.
And no, I didn't see any lights or tunnels.

-Dg
devan95
1.7 / 5 (6) Jan 04, 2015
Rachel Carson, a pseudo science crack pot got the best pesticide in the history of man banned based on junk science and is responsible for the deaths of millions by exposing them to disease carrying mosquitoes.
Thanks a lot, "scientists."
Vietvet
3.9 / 5 (7) Jan 04, 2015
Rachel Carson, a pseudo science crack pot got the best pesticide in the history of man banned based on junk science and is responsible for the deaths of millions by exposing them to disease carrying mosquitoes.
Thanks a lot, "scientists."


it's best to do a little research before making an ignorant statement.

http://en.wikiped...wiki/DDT
bdillon
2.3 / 5 (3) Jan 04, 2015
WHAT sugar are we talking about? There is sucrose, glucose, mannose, fructose, galactose, maltose, lactose, raffinose, stachyose, verbascose, cellulose, which we are normally unable to digest but cows can, maltose, xylose, ribose and the list goes on!! The body need carbohydrates, just as it needs protein and lipids (fats). It is the quantity and also the quality that matters. I happen to be allergic (make antibodies) to both cane and beet sugar so I do not eat it without having a significant reaction. I am also sensitive to sucralose (Splenda since it is derived from cane sucrose with the molecule modified. It is much more important the quality and quantity of our food that matters. Exercise is paramount and this is where most of us fall short.
Whydening Gyre
5 / 5 (5) Jan 05, 2015
Ahhh, life...
No one gets out alive...:-)
Carmen O
5 / 5 (4) Jan 05, 2015
Amazing how some people complain because they are being told that added sugar is bad for you. (Something they should know by now.) Crazier still how corporations that deal with "food" are allowed to add so many things that are bad for us. It's to the point that I don't eat the vast majority of pre-made "food". Why? I avoid corn syrup (by all its names) like the plague. Of course, it is impossible to avoid it all together considering it's being added to just about everything made in the USA. Canned squid??? Salami??? Sad that we have to import from other countries to eat without the stuff. And don't get me started with the new improved "ham" products with 30% water added. 30%!
chewy8241
5 / 5 (3) Jan 05, 2015
Maybe a first step would be to stop subsidizing sugar producers with tax dollars.
BSD
5 / 5 (4) Jan 05, 2015
Rachel Carson, a pseudo science crack pot got the best pesticide in the history of man banned based on junk science and is responsible for the deaths of millions by exposing them to disease carrying mosquitoes.
Thanks a lot, "scientists."


it's best to do a little research before making an ignorant statement.

http://en.wikiped...wiki/DDT


Deviant95 couldn't do that, it would burn out his conservative brain.
paulfry82
not rated yet Jan 05, 2015
I also wanto to add that coconut oil and sugar can cause diarrhea. You can find more information here:
stop-diarrhea.net/causes/can-coconut-oil-cause-diarrhea
mbee1
1 / 5 (2) Jan 05, 2015
I see the science challenged group is out and posting. Sugar is in almost any plant product you eat. Pasta is turned into sugar by the gut when you eat that. Without sugar you would be dead. All those papers prove nothing except if you are fat your body has problems. If you do not want to be fat, exercise more and or eat less. That is apparently to simple for the science challenged group to comprehend.
Dug
not rated yet Jan 05, 2015
Beware the meta analysis. A recent pop science trend is the meta analysis. No real new data on a topic- just a more selective way of arranging old data and cherry picking studies' data that support your agenda. The red flag in the above article is "reviewing more than 8,000 scientific papers that show a strong link." Which begs the question of why those papers not showing a "strong link" will be addressed and or aren't a part of this attempt to make science a democratic or popular vote process.

There have been experimental results enmass showing the negative role of dietary sugar for decades in human health. If a final and absolute word is needed beyond what there is - then design the appropriate unbiased experiment(s) to prove the point scientifically. Somehow we have to rescue real unbiased science from the marketeers (sugar, artificial sweeteners, big pharma) and politicos (those being bought by those industries) that have bent science to their purpose for so long.
BSD
5 / 5 (4) Jan 05, 2015
I regard sugar as a population limiting chemical compound and would encourage the sugar loving, science hating, conservative populous to knock themselves out eating it.

That way, the conservative part of society is self-limiting and they get to do what they want without interference from outsiders.

While your at it, please smoke more too. Apparently that science "isn't in" either.

Everyone's happy.
welovetheUSA
3 / 5 (2) Jan 05, 2015
Would this be the back door to recommending beet sugars instead, controlled by Monsanto which most foods are now sweetened with, which is GMOs and far more dangerous than real sugar. Since cancer shows up in babies, I doubt sugar has anything to do with major issues. But, sugar consumption does effect diabetes, beet, or otherwise.
Whydening Gyre
5 / 5 (4) Jan 05, 2015
Would this be the back door to recommending beet sugars instead, controlled by Monsanto which most foods are now sweetened with, which is GMOs and far more dangerous than real sugar. Since cancer shows up in babies, I doubt sugar has anything to do with major issues. But, sugar consumption does effect diabetes, beet, or otherwise.

Damn it - I LOVE beets, specially pickled....
ArtGranda
not rated yet Jan 05, 2015
So refined sugar (which humans have been using liberally for hundreds and hundreds of years) gets the shaft in this sad excuse for a science article, yet the hideous High Fructose Corn Syrup gets a free pass? What's next ... humans are currently experiencing a stark lack of genetically modified organisms leading to gillions of scary hard-to-pronounce maladies? Maybe if we had more gender-bending pharmaceuticals in our ground water, or more hallucination-inducing ADD drugs in our food supply, we'd be in Nirvana? This is lunacy.
Mike_Massen
3.7 / 5 (3) Jan 05, 2015
mbee1 with his narrow views ignoring complexity (again)
I see the science challenged group is out and posting. Sugar is in almost any plant product you eat. Pasta is turned into sugar by the gut when you eat that. Without sugar you would be dead. All those papers prove nothing except if you are fat your body has problems. If you do not want to be fat, exercise more and or eat less
Way TOO simple for U it seems. The point is, u almost got there, digestive processes are adapted to cleaving starches into sugar components, those processes involve many steps by sidestepping them and instead flooding the cells with sugar directly WITHOUT the moderators U upset the natural cycle of digestion. The various enzymes & proteins are then not needed for cleavage, they then atrophy and cause odd health problems as the body focuses on (easy) sugar, the body then has to dispose of primed enzymes/proteins no longer needed...!

How do I know, graduated in Food Science 2010, U ?
carl_curmudgeon
not rated yet Jan 05, 2015
"Pour some sugar on me." ~ Joe Elliott
RichMurray
not rated yet Jan 06, 2015
Methanol (wood alcohol), blood half-life 3 hours, is made in humans only into uncontrolled formaldehyde right inside cells by ADH1 enzyme in 20 specific tissues, the WC Monte paradigm: Rich Murray 2015.01.05

Methanol (wood alcohol) is 11% of aspartame -- every can of drink gives 22 mg free methanol into the GI tract.

With a blood half-life 3 hours, it reaches and easily enters every cell in the body and fetus every minute.

In humans only, it is made into uncontrolled formaldehyde right inside cells by ADH1 enzyme in 20 specific tissues.

Since fall, 2007 Prof. Woodrow C. Monte, Arizona State University, Food Science and Nutrition, retired 2004, has given a free online bibliography of 782 mostly full text medical research references at whilesciencesleeps dot com .

Methanol mainly comes from aspartame, cigarette and wood smoke, and unfresh fruits juices and vegetables cut up and preserved wet at room temperature in sealed cans and jars.
SURFIN85
5 / 5 (2) Jan 06, 2015

Please wait until your ideological fever subsides and then re read my post. Then post links to RECENT articles stating facts on how catalytic converters have improved air quality. My point is the left will never be happy no matter what we do until they kill off capitalism and then they will be mad at something/one else.


The cat improves the exhaust by removing excess NOx dude. You want to do an experiment, stand at the exhaust pipe after removing the catalytic convertor, and tell us how much worse it smells.
Osiris1
not rated yet Jan 08, 2015
Got a lot of nutzi nazi tea party maggots around that thinks eating sugar by the truckload is somehow the American Way, and God save anyone that thinks different. Well We first Americans do not eat that way, so all of you FoxNews gorging tea party fools just keep on eating that sugar, and when you all croak of diabetes, heart disease, cirrhosis of the liver, pancreatitis and other 'maladies', the country will be empty of your empty heads and we can reclaim our stolen heritage and just mooooove baaack in!!
FastEddy
5 / 5 (1) Jan 09, 2015
"... because corn is so abundant and cheap, it is added to many food products. "Dumping high fructose corn syrup into cheap foods, sodas, sports drinks and energy drinks is toxic to the body, causing epidemic metabolic diseases and a serious health crisis," Schillinger said. ..."

Since World War II the graph of the production of corn syrup has been linear with a strong upward slope ... and is in lock step with the graph of the increase of Type 2 Diabetes. ... Check it out.

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