Is Sugar Toxic?

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Last April Gary Taubes wrote an article in The New York Times centered around Robert Lustig’s assertion that sugar, in all its forms, is far more insidious than we’d like to believe. Lustig, a specialist on pediatric hormone disorders and the leading expert in childhood obesity at the University of California, San Francisco, is now at the forefront of an anti-sugar campaign, and it was the focus of last night’s 60 Minutes segment on CBS. Watch the segment below:

An excerpt from the interview reveals that Dr. Lustig believes all types of sugar, whether natural or man-made, are equally bad for us. Is high fructose corn syrup worse than all the others? “No. ‘Cause it’s the exact same,” says Lustig. “They are basically equivalent. The problem is they’re both bad. They’re both equally toxic.”

Read a Transcript of the Video: Is Sugar Toxic at CBS News