This has bothered me because ‘toxic’ has a very specific meaning that makes it an unacceptable adjective to use except when applied to harmful chemicals. Its use otherwise only confuses people and needlessly frightens them. I usually ignore the matter, but when specific foods are labeled as toxic, I can no longer remain silent.
“A 3-Year-Old Mute Girl Miraculously Starts Talking After Cream Cheese Diet.” This headline appeared in the news for several days in July, 2013 (1). It is a true story about a little girl who lives in England. It is also an excellent starting point for a discussion of the ketogenic diet.
If you still think sugar is harmless, consider the recent research out of the University of Utah. Researchers discovered increased mortality and strange behaviors when mice were given extra sugar in their diet.
Not lots of extra sugar, mind you. But doses generally considered “safe”.
Researchers at Japan’s giant telecom, NTT Docomo, recently created a smartphone ketone (acetone) reader that may help low carb and ketogenic dieters stay aware of how their food choices affect their nutritional ketosis. Currently, the best approach for doing this is quite expensive: serum ketone monitoring.
Robert Lustig just announced that he’s launching a new initiative, responsiblefoods.org. This new non-profit is dedicated to raising awareness of the added sugar problem, and is looking for help. From his Facebook Post:
If you haven’t heard, we’re starting a non-profit dedicated toward raising awareness of the added sugar problem in our diets, as well as doing more research, and advocating for a reduction in these poisons in our foods. It’s called the Institute for Responsible Nutrition and it’s going to be world-changing.
Right now we’re on the look-out for social media experts who are passionate about this cause, and are willing to invest a few hours of their time to helping us improve our website, as well as to help drive more followers to the cause.
Also, if you aren’t knowledgable in social media and want to help in some other way, via donations of monetary or professional value, please get a hold of us anyhow!
Yours in health,
No doubt you’ve heard the sensationalism: “Fish oil causes prostate cancer!”, “Taking fish oil increases your risk of developing prostate cancer by over 70%!”, and “Fish oil’s going to kill you!”
A new article on sugar toxicity is published in Scientific American (and syndicated in Salon) the other day. It starts off strong with a recapitulation of the familiar:
Today, we add sugar in one form or another to the majority of processed foods we eat—everything from bread, cereals, crunchy snacks and desserts to soft drinks, juices, salad dressings and sauces—and we are not too stingy about using it to sweeten many raw and whole foods as well.
Today a new article by Gary Taubes was published in the British Medical Journal. It’s entitled, “The science of obesity: what do we really know about what makes us fat?“, and it’s a good one.