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‘60 Minutes’ Attacks Sugar as Toxic, Like ‘Cocaine’
http://newsbusters.org/blogs/mike-ciandella/2012/04/03/60-minutes-attacks-sugar-toxic-cocaine ^

Posted on 04/03/2012 8:40:17 PM PDT by chessplayer

Sugar is a “toxin” that is killing the unwitting masses, according to an April 1, “60 Minutes” hosted by CNN’s chief medical correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta.

Gupta and all of the medical experts that he interviewed argued that sugar leads to heart disease, cancer (by leading to the creation of insulin, which cancer cells use to trigger their growth), and that sugar can actually be compared to certain drugs, like “cocaine,” in that it triggers the pleasure centers in the brain.

“New research coming out of some of America’s most respected institutions is starting to find that sugar, the way many people are eating it today, is a toxin,” Gupta said at the start of the segment.

Dr. Robert H. Lustig, MD, University of California San Francisco Professor of Pediatrics, was the primary expert in piece. Lustig told Gupta that he believes sugar should be treated the same way as tobacco and alcohol, substances which are still legal, but regulated.

“Ultimately, this is a public health crisis, and when there’s a public health crisis you have to do big things and you have to do them across the board. Tobacco and alcohol are perfect examples … I think that sugar belongs in this exact same wastebasket,” said Lustig.


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Anyone with even half a brain knows we consume way too much sugar. But something the body needs to survive needs to be put in the same category as tobacco? The body doesn't require nicotine and the hundreds of other poisons in tobacco to survive.
1 posted on 04/03/2012 8:40:21 PM PDT by chessplayer
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To: chessplayer

60 Minutes went over the edge a long, long time ago but the morons still enjoy it.


2 posted on 04/03/2012 8:43:53 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (The libs don't want to save da planit. If they did, they'd boycott BIG oil and petroleum products.)
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To: chessplayer
I think the politicians and the newsmedia are having a contest to see who can be the all time champion idiot.

So far, they're purt'near in a dead heat.

3 posted on 04/03/2012 8:44:08 PM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: chessplayer

I am so sick of all this carp. Where is the dang brake, I’m ready to pull it. Enough already...


4 posted on 04/03/2012 8:45:56 PM PDT by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: chessplayer

This brings to mind Rush Limbaugh’s exposé of carrots. He noted that Lee Harvey Oswald, Charles Manson, and Al Capone ate carrots at one time or another and that ninety percent or more of all who ate carrots in 1918 are dead.


5 posted on 04/03/2012 8:46:23 PM PDT by Fiji Hill (Deo Vindice!)
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To: Smokin' Joe

Heck, it’s been hours since I’ve snorted a trail
of XXX confectioners sugar.

Is my lip white, that could be milk, just sayin.


6 posted on 04/03/2012 8:47:19 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: chessplayer

You do not need refined sugar to survive. It is an extract of a tropicla plant and not a whole food. Your body must pull out mineral reserves to digest it properly, which is a reason many sugar addicts have rotting teeth.


7 posted on 04/03/2012 8:49:03 PM PDT by SatinDoll (No Foreign Nationals as our President!)
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To: chessplayer

Everything is bad and is going to kill you. I would recommend that liberals stop eating all that hormone laden beef and milk products, those awful, terrible genetically modified veggies and while they are at it they should stop breathing all that polluted air and drinking that contaminated water.


8 posted on 04/03/2012 8:49:48 PM PDT by tiki
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To: chessplayer

Six months ago my blood glucose level was getting too high,,,close to pre-diabetic levels. The normal range (at my clinic) is 70-100. My level was 98. Sometimes I go on sugar binges,,,lots of pastries, etc. So I started watching what I was eating, and my latest test last month I got my glucose down to 74.


9 posted on 04/03/2012 8:54:07 PM PDT by chessplayer
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To: chessplayer

The death is in the dose. If you shove a gazillion twinkies into your mouth, your lifespan will decrease in proportion. Duh!


10 posted on 04/03/2012 8:55:30 PM PDT by factoryrat (We are the producers, the creators. Grow it, mine it, build it.)
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To: tet68

lol that was my first thought too! If you confusin’ sugar with coke you need a new dealah ;-0


11 posted on 04/03/2012 8:56:34 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: chessplayer

I smell a sin tax coming.


12 posted on 04/03/2012 8:56:45 PM PDT by Ms Mable
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To: chessplayer

The best damn food on the planet is in Mexico.

Why?

L A R D! And real open pit mesquite wood grilling.

Trans-fats, I embrace you! (about 3 times a year)...

:)


13 posted on 04/03/2012 8:57:06 PM PDT by freedumb2003 ('RETRO' Abortions = performed on 84th trimester individuals who think killing babies is a "right.")
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To: chessplayer
“New research coming out of some of America’s most respected institutions is starting to find that sugar, the way many people are eating it today, is a toxin,” Gupta said at the start of the segment.

Whatever anyone might think of this information, it is certainly nothing new. Many have viewed refined sugar as a toxin for decades and a best selling book made that case in 1975:

Sugar Blues

Amazon says the book was published in 1986, but it was 1975 or sooner.

14 posted on 04/03/2012 8:57:17 PM PDT by Will88
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To: SatinDoll

You do not need refined sugar to survive. It is an extract of a tropicla plant and not a whole food. Your body must pull out mineral reserves to digest it properly, which is a reason many sugar addicts have rotting teeth.


True. But over-loading on even natural sugars can be bad. To the body, sugar is sugar.


15 posted on 04/03/2012 8:58:54 PM PDT by chessplayer
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To: factoryrat

>>The death is in the dose. If you shove a gazillion twinkies into your mouth, your lifespan will decrease in proportion. Duh!<<

Unless you actually take on the attributes of the Twinkies. If you do, you will have a shelf life of somewhere in the bazillion year range...


16 posted on 04/03/2012 8:59:53 PM PDT by freedumb2003 ('RETRO' Abortions = performed on 84th trimester individuals who think killing babies is a "right.")
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To: Smokin' Joe

“I think the politicians and the newsmedia are having a contest to see who can be the all time champion idiot.”

Smokin’ Joe: if you do not believe whatever the moron of the day says, you’re, you’re, you’re a RACIST! Yeah, that’s what you are! There! I won the argument.


17 posted on 04/03/2012 9:01:37 PM PDT by 43north (BHO: 50% black, 50% white, 100% RED)
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To: tiki

As in everything, moderation is the way to go.


18 posted on 04/03/2012 9:01:37 PM PDT by chessplayer
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To: Ms Mable

/nods


19 posted on 04/03/2012 9:01:45 PM PDT by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: chessplayer

Can’t you see the hand writing on the wall? They are getting ready to regulate everything. Last couple of years they have been picking on salt and butter Sugar is obviously the next ‘threat’ to civilization.

Welcome to Mooshellland


20 posted on 04/03/2012 9:02:09 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: chessplayer

” The body doesn’t require nicotine and the hundreds of other poisons in tobacco to survive.”

Mine does.


21 posted on 04/03/2012 9:02:10 PM PDT by Mears (Alcohol. Tobacco. Firearms. What's not to like?)
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To: chessplayer

Sanjay Gupta is a moron.

There.

I think we should start with the premise that they are wrong and work our way along from there. Oxygen and water are also toxic in the right quantities.


22 posted on 04/03/2012 9:03:51 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: Fiji Hill

And I know a guy who died from not smoking.

It happens.


23 posted on 04/03/2012 9:04:13 PM PDT by Mears (Alcohol. Tobacco. Firearms. What's not to like?)
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To: chessplayer

Sugar from fruit (fructose) is good for you in moderation, since the body needs it. Refined sugar (surcose) can be problematic, especially if the intake is high.


24 posted on 04/03/2012 9:04:13 PM PDT by odds
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To: Mears

At least you have your priorities, that’s good.


25 posted on 04/03/2012 9:05:31 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: chessplayer

As with anything, moderation is key. Sedentary lifestyles are more the problem than sugar. If the engine is hot enough it will burn anything. I punish my body at the gym and punish my liver with booze which of course breaks down to sugar.

Put another way, if I can quote the 60 min types, keep your laws off my body. I’ll take care of myself.


26 posted on 04/03/2012 9:07:35 PM PDT by JohnC2004
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To: freedumb2003

I heard that a twinkie can almost outlast cockroaches, and possibly Keith Richards. Depends on how much coke the twinkie snorted.


27 posted on 04/03/2012 9:09:15 PM PDT by factoryrat (We are the producers, the creators. Grow it, mine it, build it.)
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To: chessplayer
“Ultimately, this is a public health crisis, and when there’s a public health crisis you have to do big things and you have to do them across the board. Tobacco and alcohol are perfect examples … I think that sugar belongs in this exact same wastebasket,” said Lustig.

$$$$Yippee$$$$$$$$We Created Another Crisis $$$$$$$$Tax-IT$$$

28 posted on 04/03/2012 9:10:29 PM PDT by libertarian27 (Check my profile page for the FReeper Online Cookbook 2011)
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To: chessplayer

I avoid all food items containing refined sugar and wheat products. This includes corn syrup.

Meat, fish, fowl, some pork and lamb, eggs, nuts, vegetables, and fruits low in carbohydrate such as strawberries and melons. I drink two small glasses of dry red wine daily per my doctor’s orders.

It is the refined additives such as white sugar, corn syrup and white flour that are making Americans obese. These three appear in many prepared items for sale in food stores.


29 posted on 04/03/2012 9:10:56 PM PDT by SatinDoll (No Foreign Nationals as our President!)
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To: chessplayer

Ice cream, Mandrake, children's ice cream.

30 posted on 04/03/2012 9:11:12 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: Ms Mable

Yup, thats what I was thinking as well. Either a sin tax, or an all out assault like they do with smoking.


31 posted on 04/03/2012 9:12:06 PM PDT by eXe (Si vis pacem, para bellum)
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To: chessplayer

Yet quoting from the same...ahem...experts, research indicates that obese people live longer than normal or underweight people.

And after the age of 55 you statistaclly had a much higher mortality rate if your cholesterol was in the “ normal” range as opposed to those who suffer from higher cholesterol.

And statistically your chance of dying from lung cancer was much greater if you drank milk every day then if you smoked.

Which brings up the famous line of Charley Brown to Lucy “ Tell your statistics to shut up”


32 posted on 04/03/2012 9:12:46 PM PDT by Cyman
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To: JohnC2004
Agreed. Problem is, my mind is still stuck at 25, but my body and liver are staring at 50. And it is a bitch to maintain the equilibrium when you're squeezed between those two hard facts.

"As democracy is perfected, the office represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. We move toward a lofty ideal. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their hearts desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron."

--H.L. Mencken, The Baltimore Evening Sun, July 26, 1920


33 posted on 04/03/2012 9:13:42 PM PDT by Viking2002
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To: factoryrat

>>I heard that a twinkie can almost outlast cockroaches, and possibly Keith Richards. Depends on how much coke the twinkie snorted.<<

We will have to empirically see if soros outlasts cockroaches. My bet is soros stays longer.


34 posted on 04/03/2012 9:14:13 PM PDT by freedumb2003 ('RETRO' Abortions = performed on 84th trimester individuals who think killing babies is a "right.")
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Dear Chessplayer:

A lot of the syndromes popping up today are related to sugar and yeast.

Too much sugar in a lot of what we consume (more, certainly, than God intended). Fast-acting yeast is a problem, too.

For folks like me with Systemic Candidas (originally misdiagnosed as Fibromyalgia), sugar/yeast causes all sorts of nasty, debilitating problems.

That being said, Big Daddy FedGov doesn't need to get into our diets.

35 posted on 04/03/2012 9:14:26 PM PDT by TheWriterTX (Riding the Long-Wave Economic Contraction, Baby!)
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To: chessplayer
Dear Chessplayer:

A lot of the syndromes popping up today are related to sugar and yeast.

Too much sugar in a lot of what we consume (more, certainly, than God intended). Fast-acting yeast is a problem, too.

For folks like me with Systemic Candidas (originally misdiagnosed as Fibromyalgia), sugar/yeast causes all sorts of nasty, debilitating problems.

That being said, Big Daddy FedGov doesn't need to get into our diets.

36 posted on 04/03/2012 9:14:42 PM PDT by TheWriterTX (Riding the Long-Wave Economic Contraction, Baby!)
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To: Nifster

Yup, that is exactly where this kind of “study” these days leads. Expect more controls on everything we eat.


37 posted on 04/03/2012 9:15:25 PM PDT by eXe (Si vis pacem, para bellum)
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To: chessplayer
Atkins was right.

Sugar is a fat, uncomfortable death.

38 posted on 04/03/2012 9:16:03 PM PDT by Mariner (War Criminal #18)
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To: Moonman62

Perfect!


39 posted on 04/03/2012 9:18:50 PM PDT by Trod Upon (Obama: Making the Carter malaise look good. Misery Index in 3...2...1)
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To: factoryrat

“I heard that a twinkie can almost outlast cockroaches, and possibly Keith Richards.”


Funniest post of the day.

I remember telling my son about 20 years ago that “Keith Richards won’t last another year”

Well I guess he showed me.


40 posted on 04/03/2012 9:21:09 PM PDT by Mears (Alcohol. Tobacco. Firearms. What's not to like?)
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To: tet68

You must be a Junk Food Junkie
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJ—JIh8zTY


41 posted on 04/03/2012 9:21:33 PM PDT by packrat35 (When will we admit we are now almost a police state?)
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To: chessplayer
I don't consume any "-ose" (glucose, frucyose, etc, including "sugar") unless it is in a whole fruit. For example: no orange juice.

I also want to keep an unfettered right to consume any "-ose" that I wish. I do not want the government telling me what to eat and what not to eat.

The Internet now offers fast and easy access to information about all substances. There is little utility in the government trying to educate us, much less dictate nutrition. A six-year-old can quickly inform herself about the dangers of sugar.

42 posted on 04/03/2012 9:27:28 PM PDT by Kennard
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We are not consuming large amounts of sugar.... We are consuming large amounts of corn syrup. If you check packages that you buy, corn syrup is in everything. We did not have an obese or diabetic problem until they switched over to cheaper corn syrup rather than cane sugar.
43 posted on 04/03/2012 9:27:55 PM PDT by baddog 219
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To: Viking2002

I hear you Viking! Don’t know what 50 is like yet but I went from a collegiate XC runner to a 36 YO that still thinks he is that young man about once a month. It’s harder to maintain physically every year since 30. Had to quit drinking beer (in excess) a couple years ago b/c it was causing heartburn. Friends said I should take pills for it. No way. I’ll listen to my body and quit the behavior that is clearly messing me up. So now it’s all clear booze that is easier to metabolize... for me anyway. Vodka and gin.

In moderation of course.

Why is it always that the government wants to step in with their usual one-size-fits-all approach? Stupid question. B/c we can’t take care of ourselves. How foolish of me.


44 posted on 04/03/2012 9:34:23 PM PDT by JohnC2004
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To: chessplayer
The issue for conservatives about sugar is not whether the science tells us that it is harmful in the degree described, the issue for us as conservatives is the same as it is for global warming, evolution, string theory, etc.

In other words, conservatism has no opinion on the validity of science but it does have a very practical principle to apply to what we learned from science. I do not know whether sugar is as harmful as they say, although I believe that it is. However, my opinion in determining scientific validity is of no worth whatsoever but my opinion as a citizen demanding the freedom to enjoy sugar or abstain from it as I please is inviolate under conservatism.

I think the same should apply to tobacco and alcohol which have been mentioned on these threads and I even think it should even apply to drugs. We tried it the other way with alcohol but failed to learn completely a very obvious lesson.

Even without the harmful implications from the ingestion of sugar, I oppose sugar subsidies just as I oppose ethanol.


45 posted on 04/03/2012 9:41:44 PM PDT by nathanbedford ("Attack, repeat, attack!" Bull Halsey)
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To: chessplayer
This explains it all pretty well...


46 posted on 04/03/2012 9:59:24 PM PDT by BreezyDog (PLAN A: A Peaceful Restoration of the Republic.....PLAN B: A Restoration of the Republic)
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To: chessplayer

Who is John Galt?!!


47 posted on 04/03/2012 10:02:38 PM PDT by parisa
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To: freedumb2003
Unless you actually take on the attributes of the Twinkies.

The reason why Twinkies are bad for you is because they don't have any chocolate in them.

If you have to have a twinkie, then you need to offset the bad effects by washing it down with a cold glass of chocolate milk.

48 posted on 04/03/2012 10:06:34 PM PDT by P-Marlowe
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49 posted on 04/03/2012 10:06:34 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: nathanbedford

I feel the same way Nathan. I don’t smoke, don’t like it but will defend it. If not the they will come for my golf clubs next because 5 hours in the sun can’t be good for anyone.

Too many judges golf, bad example. Booze and golf will always be around bc of judges. But you know what I mean.


50 posted on 04/03/2012 10:07:10 PM PDT by JohnC2004
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