Dr. Lustig from San Francisco is a pediatric endocrinologist who has campaigned against the childhood obesity he sees in his practice. He cites literature that sugar is particularly bad – “a calorie is a calorie is a calorie” is NOT TRUE! Sugar appears to be addictive; it causes changes in the brain, causing you to eat more and more to get the same “high.” Sugar consumption can lead to high blood pressure, liver inflammation, cholesterol… and maybe even cancer.
15 years ago, I remember I tried to eat a low fat diet to lose weight. I ate 6 bagels a day… and promptly packed on the weight!
I also don’t believe in 100 calories snacks – that sugar will fuel more eating an hour later.
Watch Dr. Sanjay Gupta on CNN: