In this BBC show, Brian Cox takes us on a tour of the history of sugar…how it is produced, how it is marketed, how it is consumed, and ultimately, how it affects us. If you’ve been paying attention to sugar in your diet, you won’t find any health news in this documentary, but it’s a great show for giving a more or less comprehensive history of how it came to be such a mainstay in our diets.
The folks from the Sugar Is Killing Us community on Facebook have pulled together a clever and informative animated video on how excessive consumption of sugar leads to sickness. It provides a wealth of nutritional information about toxic effects of sugar in an easy and approachable manner suitable for people with any level of familiarity with nutrition.
So it turns out that fructose-induced metabolic syndrome makes you stupid. …at least it does if you’re a rat, or presumably, are rat-brained.
In a new paper published in the May 2012 issue of The Journal of Physiology with the catchy title, “Metabolic syndrome’ in the brain: deficiency in omega-3 fatty acid exacerbates dysfunctions in insulin receptor signalling and cognition”, UCLA biologists Rahul Agrawal and Fernando Gomez-Pinilla posit that cognitive impairment resulting from metabolic syndrome can be corrected by supplementing with Omega 3 fatty acids. This is the real news behind the headline, and the authors endeavor to describe it clearly:
In Sugar: The Bitter Truth, Dr. Lustig will teach you more than you ever knew about sugar, and what it does to your body. Heavy science part way through. Fascinating stuff. Now watch his lecture and cut your fructose consumption!