A video on YouTube on the biochemistry of fructose and posted in July 2009 has gone viral, with more than 800,000 views so far. People are going to the site at the rate of 50,000 a month, even though it’s 90 minutes long, The New York Times reports. Calling sugar a “toxin” or a “poison” 13 times, and referring to it as “evil” five times, the video’s author, Robert Lustig explains that sugar is sugar, whether it’s the white granulated stuff – commonly known as sucrose – or high fructose corn syrup. And his stance has nothing to do with calories, according to the NYT: “It’s a poison by itself,” he says.
“If Lustig is right, then our excessive consumption of sugar is the primary reason that the numbers of obese and diabetic Americans have skyrocketed in the past 30 years,” the NYT says. “But his argument implies more than that. If Lustig is right, it would mean that sugar is also the likely dietary cause of several other chronic ailments widely considered to be diseases of Western lifestyles — heart disease, hypertension and many common cancers among them.”
The NYT added that Lustig has “a mass” of evidence to back up his claims.
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