NEW DELHI In a ground- breaking news story on an American TV network, alt39alt39 60 Minutesalt39alt39 reports that new research coming out of some of Americaalt39alt39 s most respected institutions says sugar is a toxin that can lead to ma
jor chronic diseases such as obesity, heart disease, and cancer.
This is jolting to people who donalt39t realise that even if they donalt39t add it to their foods, hidden sugar, including high fructose corn syrup ( HFCS), is in virtually all processed foods, from yogurts and sauces to breads and sodas.
Even excessive eating of fruits is fraught with health risks.
The Indians eating habits are also highly influenced by the West, particularly in the younger generation who lives on colas and burgers and that may be a reason why young people in their twenties and thirties have diabetes, high blood pressure and heart and kidney ailments.
Although some experts argue that ” sugar is sugar,” test subjects in strict clinical trials who were monitored 24 hours a day, who consumed HFCS, developed higher risk factors for cardiovascular disease within two weeks.
Other studies indicate that if you limit your sugar, no matter what form you get it in, you decrease your chances of developing cancer – including breast and colon cancers.
Whats even more startling is that a growing number of studies are also showing that the more sugar you eat, the less satisfied you are.
It has become increasingly clear that high fructose corn syrup ( HFCS) was more problematic than regular sugar ( sucrose), and whichever form of sugar you consume, it can act as a literal toxin in your body when consumed in excess.
Back in 2000, Dr Bill Misner had aptly names his article ” Killer sugar – suicide with a spoon.” Another expert, Dr Robert Lustig states in his article on the website Diet Doctori : ” The problem with sugar isnalt39alt39 t just weight gain … A growing body of scientific evidence is showing that fructose can trigger processes that lead to liver toxicity and a host of other chronic diseases.
A little is not a problem, but a lot kills – slowly.” Dr Richard Johnson is another expert who says fructose is the worst of the two, although its really like choosing between two evils.
Doctors now acknowledge that it is the excessive fructose content in the modern diet that is taking such a devastating toll on peoplealt39alt39 s health.
( To view our epaper please Tap here . For all the latest News, Mumbai, Entertainment, Cricket, Business and Featured News updates, visit Free Press Journal. Also, follow us on Twitter and Instagram and do like our Facebook page for continuous updates on the go)