There’s finally proof that sugar is a toxic! We all knew it even if we didn’t want to admit it. A new study has linked sugar as the cause for diabetes. This study took into account a multitude of external factors such as poverty, urbanization, aging, obesity and physical activity. It also controlled for other types of foods and the amount of calories. In other words, the resulting study found that sugar, and sugar alone, was directly impacting higher diabetes rates. There you have it folks, those candy bars, sodas, ice cream, donuts, slurpees and venti vanilla bean iced frappuccinos with caramel syrup are the reason you have diabetes. Shocker!
As Mark Bittman states in his New York Times article, the study demonstrates that sugar is the direct cause of diabetes with the same level of confidence that linked cigarettes and lung cancer in the 1960s. As Rob Lustig, one of the study’s authors and a pediatric endocrinologist at the University of California, San Francisco, said to Bittman, “You could not enact a real-world study that would be more conclusive than this one.” The study found that for every 12 ounces (1 1/2 cups) of sugar-sweetened beverage introduced per person per day into a country’s food system, the rate of diabetes goes up 1 percent. For comparison, a liter of coke has just over 3/4 of a cup of sugar in it! Yet even with this conclusive proof, the companies who profit from sugar will continue to ignore and even refute studies such as this one.
To avoid sugar being labeled as a toxin, sugar companies along with snack companies hired medical and nutritional specialists and bankrolled scientific journals. Their campaigns to make sugar seem safe and even good for one’s health were so effective that even today there is no consensus about sugar’s dangers. Big Sugar essentially used the same tactics that Big Tobacco had used previously, except that instead of trying to cover up the facts that tobacco is deadly, Big Sugar just had to keep the jury on sugar uncertain since there was not yet conclusive proof of its dangers. The evidence is mounting though, as is shown by this new study, and it’s time for the world to get off its sugar addiction.