There’s been a lot of buzz around the internet about a recent 60 Minutes piece, “Is Sugar Toxic?”.
Video: Is Sugar Toxic?
If you ask either of our nutritionists, Monica or Cara, I’m sure they’d agree – Cara’s 21-Day Detox requires the elimination of all sugar in the diet! The video is only 14 minutes long, but here is a short summary of the key points made:
- High Fructose Corn Syrup is no worse than sugar – but it is also no better. They are both equally terrible for your health.
- Sugar promotes the creation of “LDLs” – Low Density Lipoprotein, more specifically it is “Small Dense LDL’s” that promote heart disease by clustering in our arteries and causing heart disease and high blood pressure. (Read more about Small Dense LDL’s HERE)
- A diet of 2000 calories with majority of calories coming from sugar will cause higher incidences of cardiovascular disease due to higher levels of LDL’s and other risk factors than someone eating a 2000 calorie diet with no added sugars.
- Fat has been wrongly vilified as the cause of heart disease, metabolic syndrome, etc. Sugar is the true culprit.
- Sugar increases the chances and growth rate of cancerous tumors.
- Ingestion of sugar triggers the ‘pleasure’ centers in the brain – similar to the effects of cocaine, alcohol and other addictive substances.
Now, many of us already knew some of these points. But I think the key ones to point out are “Fat has been wrongly vilified as the cause of heart disease, metabolic syndrome, etc. Sugar is the true culprit,” and “High Fructose Corn Syrup is no worse than sugar – but it is also no better. They are both equally terrible for your health.” I think that many of us know that HFCS is bad for our health, which is one of the reasons that ‘throwback’ sodas from Pepsi and Coca-Cola came out – they use real cane sugar instead of HFCS. However, it is good to know that these are in no way ‘better’ for our health than regular sodas.
I was a little confused about the point made in the video about how sugar increases our chance and the growth rate of tumors – so I dug a little bit online and found a question and answer that cleared it up for me, hopefully this will help anyone else who was confused:
Q: “I was kinda confused on the cancer shuttling glucose to themselves via insulin receptors. Glucose is very good for you. It essentially powers you. Are they saying insulin spikes caused by excess sugar create insulin receptors in tumors, then the receptors on tumors shut off when we eat whole food like nuts or veggies? Doesn’t make too much sense. You have glucose in your system regardless of whether you eat good or bad food. Otherwise we wouldn’t survive.”
A: “What they are saying is that the tumors evolved to contain insulin receptors. If you eat foods that result in large amounts of insulin being released this is going to trigger the receptors on the tumor allowing it access to large amounts of glucose. If you eat say a high protein and fat meal that results in very low insulin levels you can reduce or cut off the supply of glucose to the tumor by not activating the insulin receptors. Yes we always have glucose circulating in our system, but we don’t always have insulin circulating. The key is to prevent the release of lots of insulin that triggers the receptors on the tumor allowing the glucose uptake.”
So what do you think? Talk to us about it!
B.S. , NASM-CPT