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  • Very interesting interview about the toxicity of Sugar

    I wonder if they are missing the point here and what they really should be talking about is too many carbs and the insulin reaction that produces.

    Is sugar toxic? - CBS News

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    The public will never be ready to hear the truth about carbs. The CW types say they "don't know who or what to believe" anymore due to all the contradictory stories like the one about the guy who lost weight on Twinkies.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by harambur View Post
      I wonder if they are missing the point here and what they really should be talking about is too many carbs and the insulin reaction that produces.

      Is sugar toxic? - CBS News
      Too many carbs/too much insulin is definitely an issue with metabolically deranged (read most) people.
      But there's something especially insidious about fructose.




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      • #4
        I thought the interview was a good start. My concern is that the interviewer didn't mention how carbs from sources other than table sugar or added sweeteners break down into simple sugars. It could have been much improved with that information.

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        • #5
          With great interest, I watched the sugar segment on 60 Minutes last evening. My thought: at the very least, it has put a bee in people's bonnets...the reality has been said and cannot be unsaid. A national platform such as this well-respected TV show is a step in the right direction. I also have noticed the increase in articles, programs, reports, and such which the obesity epidemic has inspired. There ARE entities expressing concern. And not a moment too soon.

          Living Primal and loving it, weight is being released slowly and surely, joints/digestion are improving. At age 70, I am delighted to have stumbled upon Mark's site. There is no turning back for me. Period.

          Judith
          Judith Marie

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          • #6
            I'm having difficulty pulling up the "Overtime" segments on my work computer, but there were some great supplemental pieces there, too. You get Dr. Gupta all but saying that fats aren't evil and likely better than sugar/carbs. He doesn't come out and say it, but you can almost tell that he wants to. If it wasn't so damned important, it would be humorous.

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            • #7
              I was able to watch it last night. I have not been able to convince my boyfriend that this way of eating is better than his way, which is high in sugar (bagels with almond butter and jam, pastries, gels and energy drinks when exercising, etc.) He was very quiet and almost angry during the show. I think he's mad that I might be right.
              Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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              • #8
                Don't get your hopes up. Mainstream media does this all the time to cover their butts. No one can say they didn't warn us, right? In the meantime, all their other outlets are in the pockets of the PR guys at Big Agribusiness and Big Pharma and pimping their latest poison. Guess where CBS's bread is buttered (no carb pun intended)? That's right, their advertisers. Take away the Levitra ads alone and CBS probably goes out of business.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by NWPrimate View Post
                  Too many carbs/too much insulin is definitely an issue with metabolically deranged (read most) people.
                  But there's something especially insidious about fructose.
                  I agree that fructose is the key. Starch in moderation within the context of a balanced diet is harmless for a normal functioning metabolism.

                  Even the CW in the UK is that white sugar is harmful. HFCS is not in widespread use in our processed foods, thankfully.
                  F 5 ft 3. HW: 196 lbs. Primal SW (May 2011): 182 lbs (42% BF)... W June '12: 160 lbs (29% BF) (UK size 12, US size 8). GW: ~24% BF - have ditched the scales til I fit into a pair of UK size 10 bootcut jeans. Currently aligning towards 'The Perfect Health Diet' having swapped some fat for potatoes.

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                  • #10
                    SBHIKES -- He's mad? Boo-hiss. I'm facing that w/ my step-father. I swear he thinks I'm trying to personally hurt him by suggesting that bread is *not* the staff of life.

                    “you aren't what you eat - you are what you don't poop.” Wavy Gravy

                    Today I am Fillyjonk. Tommorow I will be Snufkin.

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                    • #11
                      Is this really breaking news to many?
                      High Fructose Corn Syrup and the other isolated, processed sweeteners are horrible substances, and not classified as food to me.
                      Eating whole foods, as they come in nature, with their complete package of nutrients is what our bodies and brains require.

                      Whole naturally occurring unprocessed sugars as they come in whole unprocessed natural foods IS NOT the same as isolated, processed sugars in processed foods.

                      Whole naturally occurring unprocessed fats as they come in whole unprocessed natural foods IS NOT the same as isolated, processed fats in processed foods.

                      Whole naturally occurring unprocessed protein as they come in whole unprocessed natural foods IS NOT the same as isolated, processed protein in processed foods.

                      When we or others speak of sugar, carbs, or even fructose, we have to be careful what we are specifically talking about. These umbrella statements are misleading and adding to the confusion your average person has about food health. They fed these people High Fructose Corn Syrup, and seemed surprised at the negative results. That would be the equivalent of feeding people isolated, processed fats and being surprised at the negative results.

                      Real, whole, simple, natural foods, as they come to us from nature, are healthy for us.
                      Man made, processed, isolated, fractionalized, unnatural substances that come to us from laboratories and factories and processing plants are unhealthy for us.

                      Please... eat FOOD. It really is that simple... it isn't exciting, or controversial, or doesn't sell a lot of books, or make for riveting documentaries. Food is enjoyable, delicious fuel, giving us the energy and health to do wonderful things with our lives.

                      Best to you all, peace - jv

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by spk View Post
                        SBHIKES -- He's mad? Boo-hiss. I'm facing that w/ my step-father. I swear he thinks I'm trying to personally hurt him by suggesting that bread is *not* the staff of life.
                        Yeah, he's a man. You know how they get sometimes, especially when they think you are nuts for telling them SUGAR causes high cholesterol and heart disease, not the fat on the big grass-fed steak I served him. He made me stop serving steak. Said it was going to kill him and that the only way to reduce cholesterol is with tons of oat bran and low fat foods. He knows this for a fact because he did it once. Never mind that it drove him to depression, suicidal ideation and Prozac. Never mind that high cholesterol doesn't cause heart disease. He's invested in being right. So yeah, it makes him mad as his cognitive dissonance holds on for dear life. It's not about me, though, so I forgive him. He just pouts hearing that my whacked nutrition ideas are hitting the main stream and maybe not so whacked after all.

                        That was the news in there, JV, that sugar causes high cholesterol, high blood pressure and heart disease. That is not what you normally hear.
                        Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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                        • #13
                          I don't have time tonight to watch the longer video posted on page 1 but I watched the shorter one and am still a bit confused. Fructose is fruit sugar, yes? So is fruit "bad" for us? The article posted by OP says that the fiber in fruit slow the consumption and absorption. Ugh, I'm always so confused every time I check the info posted on this forum!

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Nelle View Post
                            I don't have time tonight to watch the longer video posted on page 1 but I watched the shorter one and am still a bit confused. Fructose is fruit sugar, yes? So is fruit "bad" for us? The article posted by OP says that the fiber in fruit slow the consumption and absorption. Ugh, I'm always so confused every time I check the info posted on this forum!
                            You have to eat about a dozen oranges to get the sugar from one can of pepsi, and the oranges contain lots of good stuff while the pepsi doesn't. So, yes, too much sugar (and most people eat way, way too much) is bad for you, but a little bit from a natural source is not something to stress about.
                            If you are new to the PB - please ignore ALL of this stuff, until you've read the book, or at least http://www.marksdailyapple.com/primal-blueprint-101/ and this (personal fave): http://www.archevore.com/get-started/

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                            • #15
                              This seemed to be a very controlled study. These kind of studies are the ones that might have a chance to break through to the mainstream. The effect of drinking a can of soda while having the MRI was pretty cool.

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