Is sugar the root cause of all our health problems? If you ask Robert Lustig, a pediatric endocrinologist at the University of California, San Francisco, the answer is yes. The dose determines the poison, and Americans are consuming 2 to 3 times the daily sugar dosage they should be. The result is our current diabesity health crisis.
According to Lustig, who was interviewed earlier this week by Vox Magazine, excess sugar consumption has 3 negative biological effects on our body:
1. Each sugar molecule is made of fructose and glucose. Fructose is metabolized in the liver. Too much of it overloads the liver and creates liver fat which in turn creates insulin resistance, paving the way for diabetes.
2. Sugar accelerates cellular aging. Basically all the cells in the body age faster.
3. Sugar is addictive, in much the same way as alcohol, cigarettes, or drugs are. Since it is available abundantly and not regulated like the other substances, we consume increasing amounts, leading to problems 1 and 2.