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Is Sugar as Toxic as Alcohol? Researchers Say Yes

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In recent years, scientists have theorized that sugar can be as addictive as alcohol or tobacco. 

You, of course, know how easy it is to get hooked on sweets — and how incredibly challenging and difficult it can be to break free of your sugar addiction.

(In fact, because breaking free from sugar is so tough, I've devoted an entire book to take you on a fun, empowering journey so you can easily let go of your addiction. Beyond Sugar Shock — which will be published in June and which you can pre-order now — is designed to hold you by the hand and guide you to what I call Sugar Freedom.)

So since sugar is addictive, should this commonplace but potentially harmful (even deadly) substance be regulated?

Acclaimed researcher Robert Lustig, M.D. and a team of UCSF researchers say yes.

They argue that sugar should be controlled like alcohol and tobacco to protect public health.

Indeed, Dr. Lustig, along with Laura Schmidt, Ph.D., Claire Brindis, D.P.H. and colleagues at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), contend that sugar’s potential for abuse, coupled with its toxicity and pervasiveness in the Western diet, make it a primary culprit of this worldwide health crisis.

They maintain that sugar is fueling a global obesity pandemic, contributing to 35 million deaths annually worldwide from non-communicable diseases like diabetes, heart disease and cancer.

The authors then advocate taxing sugary foods and controlling sales to children under 17.

According to their statistics, reported on CBS New’s HealthPop, worldwide sugar intake has tripled in the last 50 years, and the average person is taking in a whopping 500 calories from added sugar in processed foods alone.

So what do you think? Should sugar be regulated?

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