Saturday, February 20, 2010

Robert Lustig, MD - Sugar the Bitter Truth

A 1.5 hour long lecture on sugar, by Robert Lustig, MD. If you have the time to watch it, please do. You will think of sugar in a completely different way after watching it.

An article from University of California, San Francisco describes Lustig's work as follows:
The rise of obesity is usually blamed on too much eating and not enough exercising, but Robert Lustig, MD, a UCSF pediatric neuroendocrinologist, asks us to look beyond the obvious.
More specifically, it is fructose that is harmful, according to Lustig. Fructose is a component of the two most popular sugars. One is table sugar — sucrose. The other is high-fructose corn syrup. High-fructose corn syrup has become ubiquitous in soft drinks and many other processed foods.
Full article: "Sugar is a poison"

Those of us who follow LCHF by the letter avoid fruit completely, however a lot of us eat an occasional fruit and still have great results on the scale.


An orange is in principle; water, fibers, sugar and vitamin C. A much better alternative to i.e. an orange, which contains the equivalent of 6 sugar cubes, is sweet peppers (paprika). You only need 40 grams (1.5 oz) of paprika to get the recommended daily value of vitamin C. Paprika holds 4 times more vitamin C, then an orange.

Paprika falls well within the philosophy of LCHF, with 5.6% carbs. Personally I eat my 40 grams in the morning with my cream omelet and bacon. Since I want to keep my carb intake as low as possible. Paprika adds a nice crispiness and freshness to my breakfast.

Other good low carb sources of vitamin C are:
  • parsley
  • kale
  • Brussel sprouts
  • broccoli (probably a favorite among LCHF people)
  • cauliflower (try grating it and pan frying it, very tasty and acts as starch to get all the delicious sauce off the plate)


    1. This is a great video. It's so terrifying to see what damage High fructose corn syrup can make in our bodies. Same damage as alcohol. Hope a lot of people will see it.

    2. Hi Birgitta.

      I just checked YouTube and the video has had 210 000 views. Not bad! :)

      I'm just adding a few more to that statistic. But no doubt, a lot of people could benefit from the content of Dr Lustig's seminar.