Is sugar toxic?

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    Apr 01, 2012 2:14 AM GMT
    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-18560_162-57407128/is-sugar-toxic/

    A recent study supports the idea that excess consumption of high fructose corn syrup is linked to an increase in risk factors for heart disease by increasing a type of cholesterol that can clog arteries. The University of California, Davis, study also indicated that calories from added sugars are different than those from other foods. Subjects had 25 percent of their caloric intake replaced with sweetened drinks. Nutritional biologist Kimber Stanhope was surprised to see that after only two weeks, "We found that the subjects who consumed high fructose corn syrup had increased levels of LDL cholesterol and other risk factors for cardiovascular disease," she tells Gupta. "I started eating and drinking a whole lot less sugar."

    What happens says Stanhope, is the liver gets overloaded with fructose and converts come of it into fat, which gets into the bloodstream to create "small dense LDL," the kind of LDL that forms plaque in arteries. The irony here is that for precisely that reason - avoiding heart disease - a government commission in the 1970s mandated that we lower our fat consumption. "When you take the fat out of food, it tastes like cardboard," says Dr. Lustig. "And the food industry knew that, so they replaced it with sugar...and guess what? Heart disease, metabolic syndrome, diabetes and death are skyrocketing," he tells Gupta.

    And other scientific work shows that sugar could also be helping some cancer tumors to grow because sugar stimulates the production of the hormone insulin. Nearly a third of common cancers such as some breast and colon cancers, contain insulin receptors that eventually signal the tumor to consume glucose. Lewis Cantley, a Harvard professor and head of the Beth Israel Deaconess Cancer Center, says some of those cancers have learned to adapt to an insulin-rich environment. "They have evolved the ability to hijack that flow of glucose that's going by in the bloodstream into the tumor itself."
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    Apr 01, 2012 6:00 AM GMT
    Read the excellent "Sugar Nation" by Jeff OKConnell. It is a sharply written indictment of the American Health System's bungling of the obesity/diabetes epidemic how pervasive sugar has become in our diet and its health impact.
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    Apr 01, 2012 6:04 AM GMT
    MuscledHorse saidRead the excellent "Sugar Nation" by Jeff OKConnell. It is a sharply written indictment of the American Health System's bungling of the obesity/diabetes epidemic how pervasive sugar has become in our diet and its health impact.



    Another excellent book is "Suicide By Sugar" by Nancy Appleton...

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    Apr 01, 2012 6:22 AM GMT
    sugar not toxic but our spicies is not designed for consumption of sugar, and least in large doses!!! fructose it's complete different, and do you know stevia?
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    Apr 01, 2012 6:36 AM GMT
    "All in moderation"

    not sure who said that, if anyone (and if nobody's laid claim yet I claim it as mine!). All things in life are fine in moderation. Just like fried chicken and cake icon_biggrin.gif
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    Apr 01, 2012 6:43 AM GMT
    I've read articles like this before, and at an intellectual level I agree with them. But I love sugar. Today, I ate many pieces of chocolate. That is all.
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    Apr 01, 2012 9:06 AM GMT
    Doesn't sugar suppress the immune system by raising your insulin levels? Not good if you're battling any health issues.
  • tautomer

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    Apr 01, 2012 9:20 AM GMT
    Everything is toxic and everything causes cancer.

    /thread.
  • metta

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    Apr 09, 2012 4:44 PM GMT
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    Apr 09, 2012 4:49 PM GMT
    I think its commonly known that sugar is a poison.. that said.. the dose makes the poison.. there is enough sugar in fruit for us not to need any extra... moderation is fine with pretty much anything at all, however, most food products we consume these days contain doses of things we have no idea of .. sugar, salt and glutamate (all essential to metabolism and present at normal amounts in any slab of meat) when used as additives start having detrimental effects, as they begin to accumulate in amounts that the human body is not equipped to handle... and they are put in almost anything, because they satisfy the three most sought-after flavours of the tongue: sweet, salty and umami .. but yeah, adding the flavouring itself does not a nutritious consumptive intake make
  • handsoffire

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    Apr 09, 2012 5:01 PM GMT
    Personally I limit my sugar. It's more of a ph choice for me; less acid= better health. Up to a point of course ;)
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    Apr 09, 2012 6:26 PM GMT
    RoadsterRacer87 said"All in moderation"

    not sure who said that, if anyone (and if nobody's laid claim yet I claim it as mine!). All things in life are fine in moderation. Just like fried chicken and cake icon_biggrin.gif


    *thumbs up*

    Moderation is the key. Problems arise from abuse. Not use.
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    Apr 09, 2012 7:31 PM GMT
    Fructose has to be metabolized in the liver (like alcohol). Energy is produced in this metabolism. Fructose can at least be made into glycogen and stored or into glucose and released into the bloodstream.
    Problem starts if glycogen stores are full, blood glucose is high, and the liver can't use all the energy it is producing. Then you get non-alcoholic fatty liver and heart disease. Congratulations.

    PS There are some studies that suggest that moderate amounts of fructose are good for you. I think Alan Aragon... Okay found this on his site: http://www.alanaragonblog.com/2010/01/29/the-bitter-truth-about-fructose-alarmism/ If you go to the absolute bottom there's some stuff on upper limits for adults. 25-90 grams of fructose per day. I like 50 grams because that's about 4 pieces of fruit (they weigh each about 110-180 grams I think). Fruit has numerous health benefits that you miss out on with Coke.
    What I was looking for though was a study of some fatties on a calorie restricted diet comparing giving them fruit or giving them no fructose at all. The fruit group did better.
  • metta

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    Apr 11, 2012 6:37 AM GMT

    Sugar In Food: 8 Eats With More Than A Twinkie

    Yogurt (I should have known...I use yogurt to satisfy my sweet-tooth)
    Tomato Sauce
    Granola Bars
    Fat Free Salad Dressing
    Muffins
    Canned Fruit
    Smoothies
    Cereal


    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/10/sugar-in-food_n_1413206.html?ncid=edlinkusaolp00000009
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    Apr 13, 2012 5:30 PM GMT
    High fructose corn syrup is poison.
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    Apr 13, 2012 5:51 PM GMT
    I know it's really bad for the skin because it can negatively effect collagen & decrease elasticity which = wrinkles.

    Trying to avoid as much of the stuff as possible.