Sugar Season. It’s Everywhere, and Addictive by James DiNicolantonio & Sean Lucan:
- Sugar is everywhere. It is celebration, it is festivity, it is love.
- It’s also dangerous. In a recent study, we showed that sugar, perhaps more than salt, contributes to the development of cardiovascular disease. Evidence is growing, too, that eating too much sugar can lead to fatty liver disease, hypertension, Type 2 diabetes, obesity and kidney disease.
- Yet people can’t resist. And the reason for that is pretty simple. Sugar is addictive. And we don’t mean addictive in that way that people talk about delicious foods. We mean addictive, literally, in the same way as drugs.
- Up until just a few hundred years ago, concentrated sugars were essentially absent from the human diet — besides, perhaps, the fortuitous find of small quantities of wild honey.
- Today added sugar is everywhere, used in approximately 75 percent of packaged foods…
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