Sugar is the alcohol of the child
In the video Dr. Lustig: Type 2 Diabetes Is "Processed Food Disease" CrossFit's Rory McKernan sits down to talk with Dr. Lustig, endocrinologist and professor of pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology at the University of California-San Francisco, about the impact of sugar on all of us today. Dr. Lustig states that sugar is metabolized in a similar way as alcohol leading to brain damage, fatty liver disease and type 2 diabetes with chronic consumption. Sugar (fructose) isn't toxic due to calories, it is toxic due to it's biochemical profile. Because of this, children today are getting diseases of alcohol without consuming alcohol.
If we, as an American society, continue down the path of excessive sugar consumption, economic growth will come to a stand still by 2035 and medicare will be broke by 2026, not to mention this current generation of children will not be expected to outlive their parents.
Change starts with education which can then lead to a societal intervention. The food and beverage industry does not have our best interest at heart. Sugar is not a food yet it is hidden in so many products. Sugary drinks make up 35% of sugar consumption, desserts and sweet treats make up 16%, but the remaining 49% comes from hidden places like ketchup, BBQ sauce, bread, salad dressing, and even in some meat.
To learn more, visit Responsible Foods.org