According to Robert Lustig, MD, findings from recent research in adults indicates added sugar feeds some types of cancers such as those found in the colon and the liver. What is safe? On a daily basis, less than the total added sugar or fructose in a 12 oz can of soda.
Health Today/Elisa Zied, RD. "Sweet and toxic: Is sugar really 'poison'?"
In an interview Sunday with Dr. Sanjay Gupta on "60 Minutes", childhood obesity expert Lustig cited sugar as the source of an American public health crisis. While Americans' sugar intake has declined significantly since the 1970s, our diets are now filled with processed foods containing the artificial sweetener, high fructose corn syrup, the show reported. "The problem is they're both bad. They're both equally toxic," Lustig told "60 Minutes."
According to recent estimates, about 16 percent of the total calories in American diets comes from added sugar -- mostly in the form of soda, energy drinks, and sports drinks, grain-based desserts like cakes and cookies, sugar-sweetened fruit drinks, ice cream and other dairy desserts and candy. These highly palatable foods and beverages contribute a lot of calories with few nutrients, and crowd out healthful fruits, vegetables, and whole grains and the nutrients those foods provide. Read more.
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