Sugar Shown To Be Toxic, Causing Cancer, Heart Disease

Although food activists have been warning for years of the dangers of the massive sugar overload in the American diet, and in particular the perils to our health from the ubiquitous High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS), only now has the scientific research confirming their concerns become so compelling that the mainstream media is taking what was once a minority viewpoint seriously. The most remarkable thing about this “60 Minutes” investigation by celebrity doctor Sanjay Gupta is the short shrift given to the sugar industry’s right to reply. Gupta and CBS News dismiss the industry representative’s protest against the research summarily, essentially calling him out for having nothing of substance to say. Bravo Dr. Gupta!

You can read a transcript of the segment here.


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17 Comments on "Sugar Shown To Be Toxic, Causing Cancer, Heart Disease"

  1. Redacted | Apr 1, 2012 at 9:27 pm |

    So, it turns out Richard Simmons was right.

  2. Because Aspartame created by the genetically modified E. Coli virus is sooo much better for us.  That’s why they are removing sugar from every stick of gum and putting in Aspartame in instead.

  3. SugarSugar | Apr 1, 2012 at 9:51 pm |


  4. Sugar was already known to cause Diabetes II.  We’re not consuming sugar because it’s healthy; we’re consuming it because it’s the food equivalent of crack.  Anyway, science is good stuff and all that…but this isn’t really that particularly interesting.  

  5. Anomaly_of_Anomie | Apr 2, 2012 at 1:20 am |

    Homer Simpson with a Spanish accent: “First you get the sugar, then you get the power, then you get the women.”

  6. MoralDrift | Apr 2, 2012 at 2:22 am |

    Sanjay Gupta is the definition of hack. And yes too much sugar is bad especially when unnaturally concentrated but to label *glucose, sucrose fructose etc* as toxic means the human body runs on a fuel toxic to its self. All carbs break down into sugars and are a part of the metabolic process. 

    Edit* I thought I would add, this is all for naught because the modern industrial food diet is what is toxic not sugar. Some misguided war on sugar is simply another excuse to use chemical substitutes. Unless you are willing to completely change the diet the focus on sugar is is too little

    One final Edit* this whole thing pissed me off especially the end. Here lets dose him with a small sip of soda look how his pleasure center lights up oh my god! No shit. If you start spreading the idea that sugar is GASP addictive….calls will surface for sugar to be regulated and restricted like a drug my god

    • DeepCough | Apr 2, 2012 at 11:22 am |

      I appreciate your outrage, Drift, but this report isn’t nearly as hackish as you say. Gupta covers the effects of “added sugars” to foods in today’s market, particularly high fructose corn syrup.
      It’s one thing to eat fructose from fruit, because fruit has fiber in it, and fiber fills you up. But if you take in your fructose from sodas, there’s nothing really limiting your consumption except sheer sugar crash. It’s because of artificial sweeteners like HFCS that people are now looking at sugar as totally evil, even though sugar is just as necessary to biological function as cholesterol.

      • MoralDrift | Apr 2, 2012 at 11:46 am |

        Well in all truth my comment was a tad over the top. I dislike Sanjay Gupta because of his reporting in this past…and I didn’t much like this one either.

         I wish I could do screen caps on here but when the man leading the anti-sugar crusade is talking Gupta is making these crazy faces, that I assume are supposed to signify some sense of awe-inspired agreement at this bold crusader. 

        And yes I agree, it is the problem of invisible added sugar and I must admit the report covers this but not in an especially enlightening way. The message is basically, sugar is an evil addictive substance that is harmful. That simply isn’t the case in my view.

         One drop of soda on your tongue and your brain lights up like the fourth of July! just….like…..cocaine an illegal drug. The viewer at home, who may or may not be very educated, is led down quite a strange path. Honestly many will react strongly to the piece and rant sort of like I did…so yeah I am guilty of that. 

         I’m ok with educating people on the problems with our diet but this was sensationalist garbage…then again after realizing this is 60 minutes..I should just stop right now for stating the obvious.

  7. Sugar and high fructose corn syrup are two different things.  This study was done using high fructose corn syrup, and it caused fatty buildup in the liver which in turn became LDL cholesterol.  I’m willing to bet that the sugar industry rep said something along those lines, and they didn’t want to put that on the air because corn is practically the US’s only crop, and by extension, there is a massive lobbying body for corn ‘sweeteners’. 

    The distinction is that sugar almost certainly doesn’t cause this, or if it does it doesn’t do so as quickly, because high fructose corn syrup, unlike other sugars, has to be metabolized entirely in the liver. 

    • John Myers | Apr 3, 2012 at 1:49 pm |

       Table sugar and high fructose corn syrup are nearly identical. table sugar is about 50/50 glucose and fructose. High fructose corn syrup is 45/55 respectively.
      The fructose of either one, like you said, is handled by the liver.
      They’re both bad.

  8. Yeah… all except for that Goldman Sachs commercial you have to watch repeatedly . .

  9. mole_face | Apr 2, 2012 at 5:17 pm |

    I think it’s obvious that a diet high in refined sugar and corn syrup is unhealthy, but it’s disingenuous to claim that these substances are physically addictive just because pleasure centers in the brain are activated when someone consumes sugary food. That would be a reasonable claim IF it can be proven that refined sugar actually binds directly to the opioid and dopamine receptors – but the activation of the brain’s dopamine and opioid system is also the mechanism through which the brain expresses all pleasure. Those same areas in the brain would light up whenever anyone enjoys ANYTHING. The pleasure and reward centers are in our brains for a reason, and it’s not inherently harmful or addictive to activate them unless it’s via a substance that directly manipulates levels of dopamine and endorphins.

  10. BnalAlast | Apr 3, 2012 at 5:57 am |

    Just putting this out there but you NEED sugar to live. Artificial or otherwise. Yes excess is bad. No  sugar is not toxic.

  11. John Myers | Apr 3, 2012 at 1:45 pm |

    Our bodies can convert carbohydrates, fat, and protein into glucose for energy through different pathways. We can live on those three nutrients.
    Processed carbohydrates (and starches to some degree) are very different.  They cause a radical cascading effect forcing the body into an insulin/blood glucose roller coaster ride.
    These processed carbohydrates replaced the supposedly evil saturated fat in our diet since 1984.
    1985 was the beginning of the obesity epidemic. But I’m sure that’s just a coincidence.

  12. sweetie pie | Apr 4, 2012 at 7:13 pm |

    at the very end it says “sponsored by Pfizer” – who make artificial sweeteners…

  13. After reading all this.I have come to the conclusion,That we are damned if we do…and damned if we don’t…..
    We are fast becoming neurotic. The ‘devil’ will get us one way or another. I have lived for many,many  years now, and so have many of my friends. It could be because we didn’t stress ourselves by reading articles such as these.There are many things out there that can kill us.and it may not be the sugar…..probably a BUS 
    I suggest that you ‘Get a life’ go out there and live,right up to the last breath and enjoy yourself,as much as you can.

  14. Norburyemma | Sep 18, 2012 at 3:49 pm |

    Is it me or is the video a fuck-about?

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