Sugar Does Cause Heart Disease

A few months ago, The New York Times had an article on how sugar is basically a poison. Of course, everything can be a poison at the right dosage: a small amount of cyanide or a large amount of water can both poison you. So the claim was that at the levels that we are consuming sugar, it is poisonous; mostly because our bodies are not meant to handle the large amounts of fructose in sugar-based products like sweets and sodas. In nature, fructose is found in fruits, and due to the amount of fiber in them it’s impossible to eat enough fruit for the fructose to do damage. Also, the fiber does a lot of good. But sugar has no fiber, so in effect it’s all the bad stuff processed out of fruits and concentrated into white crystals — then added to everything. The article was focused on the work of a scientist named Robert Lustig, and included this:

If Lustig is right, it would mean that sugar is also the likely dietary cause of several other chronic ailments widely considered to be diseases of Western lifestyles — heart disease, hypertension and many common cancers among them.

Robert Lustig

 

Sugar has been linked the heart disease before, but the explanation was that sugar makes people fat and fat people get heart disease. But now there’s a study which claims that even thin women who eat a lot of sugar are at greater risk for heart disease. The study showed that even in the absence of weight gain, those women that drank more than two juices or sodas a day had greater risk of heart disease than those who drank less than one. Why? Because they had about four times the number of triglycerides in their blood, and their blood sugar level was in a pre-diabetes stage. They also tended to have more belly fat, but not necessarily weigh more. Belly fat in and of itself has been linked to all kinds of health problems including heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and dementia — which is why flat stomachs are attractive, since we’re attracted to healthy people.

The study did not find the same effect on men, but their theory is that since men are larger, they probably just need more sugar for the same effects to show up. In any case, sugar is clearly not benign by any means, and Lustig can safely say “I told you so.” If you have an hour and a half and like science, his lecture on sugar is very good:

See also:

Sugar and High-Fructose Corn Syrup Might Be Causing Cancer

More Anti-Sugar Advice

 

From The US National Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health

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