Why did I find his words stunning? Well, it is the first time I have heard a mainstream health expert calling plain ol white sugar a toxin. Of course, he isn't the first. Last year, I watched Dr. Robert H. Lustig's lecture on YouTube, which is titled "Sugar: The Bitter Truth" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBnniua6-oM ). Last time I checked, the lecture had been viewed over 2 million times.
Lustig is an UCSF endocrinologist who gained his insights on sugar's role in disease by working with children who were obese and sick with diabetes. While he admitted to worrying that his theory may be perceived as crazy even by fellow doctors, he firmly believes sugar is a toxin. Furthermore, Lustig tells Gupta that 75% of chronic diseases are preventable! Anyway, much of the 60 Minutes feature has Gupta explain how Lustig's anti-sugar campaign has gone from the margins of medical thought toward mainstream thinking because of newer research.
You can watch the 60 Minutes feature on sugar right here. Just click on the Play button below. If you'd rather open another browswer, please follow this link: http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7403942n&tag=contentMain;cbsCarousel. And click on "Read More" if you want to see why new research suggests that too much sugar is indeed toxic to our bodies.