Is sugar killing us; 60 minutes examines how something we love may be at the heart of America’s heatlh problems.
Many of us love sweets. Americans love their soda, their ice cream and many of us cannot even fathom our morning coffee without some sweetener adding to the flavor. Something incidious may be brewing from all this sweetness though, as 60 minutes investigates sugar and the link to cancer, diabetes and many other growing health concerns.
Many of the foods we eat have natural sugars such as fruits, however since there is fiber in the fruit, it likely makes it take a while until the body absorbs the sugar. Other sugars such as high fructose corn syrup is in most american soft drinks and may be much less safe than previously thought because it is synthesized in the lab from corn. For years, fat free foods were introduced loaded with sugar to offset the effect of removing fat. The modified food may actually be worse for you than the regular version.
Apparently, sugar has an addictive effect. Perhaps this is why people who mostly stay away from it may actually be healthier and be less likely to die from diabetes, cancer and even obesity. When you take in quite a bit of sugar, the body may begin to ignore what you are eating and you will continue to eat more, creating the problem many people experience with overeating.
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Is sugar toxic?
CBS News) If you are what you eat, then what does it mean that the average American consumes 130 pounds of sugar a year? Sanjay Gupta reports on new research showing that beyond weight gain, sugar can take a serious toll on your health, worsening conditions ranging from heart disease to cancer. Some physicians go so far as to call sugar a toxin.
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