Dr. Robert Lustig is not only an authority on the toxicity of sugar, but also a kickass public speaker. Check out his TedX talk “Sugar: The Elephant in the Kitchen.”
But be warned: He’ll get you all riled up about what the health food industry isn’t telling you. Get ready to get angry and rally for change.
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How sugar health risks are causing a public health crisis
The 8 things wrong with the Western diet
We’ve got to stop fat shaming.
We can’t keep telling people to eat less and exercise more. It’s much more complicated and personal than that.
It’s an issue of biochemistry. Sugar is addictive, yo. And we can’t solve this by blaming the body for getting hooked on an addictive substance.
I love Lustig’s quote “Everyone is at risk. It’s not a behavior, it’s exposure.”
We’ve got to unlearn the calorie myth.
When Lustig says “a calorie is not a calorie,” I literally did a fist pump.
We’ve got to stop perpetuating the calories in calories out myth. All calories are not equal.
Fruit and HFCS affect the body in radically different ways. Like causing the accumulation of liver fat, for example.
Eating is a political act.
You can influence the market with the choices you make. Educating yourself on what is good or bad for your body is difficult.
The marketing messages from food companies are written to persuade you to buy, not get healthier or eat cleaner.
It’s important to consider the intentions of marketing messages to be a more informed consumer. Food companies have stock holders and profit margins – they’re inherently biased.
What was your reaction to Dr. Lustig? Please share your own takeaways in the comments.