The first rule of any nutrition class is that there is no such thing as a “good or bad” food. Essentially a bad food is a poisonous one. But too much of even a good thing can be bad; Does this also mean it’s poisonous or toxic? A toxin isn’t a substance so much as it is a quantity. As it turns out, sugar can be toxic in the heavy doses regularly consumed today.
Sugar has been accused of increasing body weight, cardiovascular heart disease risk, diabetes, and bad LDL cholesterol. It has also been identified that cancer cells are triggered to grow after sugar spikes insulin levels in the body, and that sugar consumption has addictive properties similar to cocaine. In these videos from 60 Minutes, the toxic effect of sugar is explored.
The Toxic Effect of Sugar
A 14-minute video by CBS news, 60 minutes
Sugar & Kids; What to make of it?
A 4-minute video by CBS news, 60 minutes