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The Food Revolution: Dr. Robert Lustig – Sugar: The Sweet Killer

Why have nearly 5 million people watched Dr. Robert Lustig’s 90 minute YouTube video, Sugar – the bitter truth?

Dr. Robert Lustig is Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology at University of California, San Francisco, and Director of Weight Assessment for the Teen and Child Health (WATCH) Program at UCSF. His provocative Youtube video, “Sugar – the bitter truth” has become an Internet sensation, garnering more than 4 million views.

Dr. Lustig is a globally recognized leader in the quest to understand the scientific underpinnings of sugar addiction, and its profoundly under-recognized role in driving many of the health crises of our times.

He has authored 85 peer-reviewed articles, and trained dozens of other health professionals. You’ll get the urgent truth about the real impact of sugar, and what it means to your life. Find out more about Robert’s work by clicking here.

MORE info here and a link to UC TV. 

Sugar, Stress, Addiction, Obesity

farmers market This is incredible, easy to understand nutrition information, backed up by science and facts.  New data about sugar. Can your liver handle it? Can you metabolize it?

Learn about Metabolic Obesity. It affects many of us.

Does sugar cause obesity?

You’ll want to take a look at this video by UC TV, click here>>  Fat Chance: Fructose 2.0

Learn more about:

  • Fructose –processed by your body the same way alcohol is, it is added to nearly everything.
  • Sucrose – Sugar consumption-   every country where sugar consumption went up, diabetes went up a few year later.
  • Glucose – rice bread startch, becomes glycogen, non toxic, it’s fuel, example: “carb loading” for martathons
  • High Fructose Corn Syrup – a sweetener that contributes to obesity, BUT it doesn’t make you feel full.
  • Alcohol – addictive & toxic, substrate for obesity, almost the same as sugar, does the same thing to the brain
  • Correlation between, diabetes, obesity, soda drinking and unhappiness!
  • All related:  in the Reward Center of brain, addiction, hunger, reaction to stress.
  • Salt, Sugar, Fat, Caffeine…. the building blocks of Fast Food, which is why you crave it.
  • Fast Food, processed yogurt, granola bars, high sugar+ low fiber, advertised as nutritious, but loaded with sugar.
  • Cardiovascular health depends on good food.
  • Big Food produces didn’t want to disclose all ingredients: Proprietary information, food labeling, added sugar in food.
  • 56 names for sugar that you may not know!
  • Fat Chance the Bitter Truth about Sugar  a book by Rob Lustig MD, he is the speaker in the seminar, Fat Chance: Fructose 2.0
  • Check out www.responsiblefoods.org   – Institute for Responsible Nutrition

Sugar and the Brain

Very interesting 45 minute video about sugar produced in Canada.

Around 29 minutes into the video, there is an interesting experiment involving rats. One was fed a regular rat diet, another was fed a typical human diet rich in added sugars. The experiment involves putting the rat into a tub of water and seeing how fast it can swim to safety. The rat fed the regular rat diet has no problem and quickly swims to safety. The human-diet rat has great difficulty finding the safe spot. The purpose of the experiment was to show the adverse affect of sugar on the brain. There are many other interesting things in this video, but this demonstration was very memorable.

Another documentary you might have seen is Robert Lustig’s Sugar:  The Bitter Truth.  If not, it’s at:


Well worth watching.  I need to watch it again; it’s a lot of good info, but it’s pretty detailed.

Thanks Gail for sharing this– rather shocking but good to know!