Sugar addiction of food industry. We need a policy that provides real food. Dr. Robert Lustig. 7
Food industry’s sugar addiction is obvious. Why 75% of chronic disease treatment costs are avoidable? Prominent nutrition expert and endocrinologist Dr. Robert Lustig, MD, talks about food industry sugar addiction. What can we do about sugar addiction? Food industry sugar addiction cannot be tolerated. Food industry deliberately creates sugar excess in our food. New food industry policies are needed to combat diabetes, heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease. Video interview with Dr. Robert Lustig, MD. The science of addictive junk food is used by food industry to kill people. Food industry sugar addiction is accepted by many doctors now. The sugar addiction taboo has to be broken by public stance. Processed foods are slowly killing people via metabolic syndrome, diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. This is how the food industry fools us. It adds excess sugar to most commercially produced foods. This is the bitter truth about sugar. Therefore we have to declare war on sugar excess consumption. Food industry is now the new big tobacco. Video interview with leading expert in pediatric endocrinology and nutrition. Dr. Anton Titov, MD. Medical second opinion confirms that food allergy diagnosis is correct and complete. Dr. Anton Titov, MD. Medical second opinion also confirms that food allergy treatment is required. Dr. Anton Titov, MD. Medical second opinion helps to choose the best treatment for food allergy. Food industry sugar addiction is here to stay as long as we continue to tolerate it. Get medical second opinion on food allergy and be confident that your treatment is the best. Sugar food industry addiction. Dr. Robert Lustig, MD. What should be done about the problem of sugar toxicity? Dr. Robert Lustig, MD, Neuroendocrinologist, UCSF. Author, “Fat Chance: The Bitter Truth About Sugar”. Dr. Robert Lustig, MD. We need a policy that provides real food. Not processed food. Dr. Robert Lustig, MD. We have to change the food business model. Ultimately the food industry doesn’t care what they sell. Just as long as they sell. They told me so. It’s only about the money. They would sell anything as long as it is sold. The question is how do we compensate the food industry for its produce? At the same time, how do we keep the population healthy? The answer is this. You have to change the food business model. You have to reward the food industry for quality rather than quantity. Right now it’s the other way around. Food industry is rewarded for quantity of food they produce. It is true since 1971. Then the rules changed for the farmers here in the United States. Our government basically told them: “Row to row, furrow to furrow. Get big or get out.” This was a specific and designed effort to make food cheap. Because fluctuating food prices cause political unrest. That is the truth everywhere in the world. But this also causes unrest of a different kind. Ultimately we have to find a happy medium between our food and our health. Right now we don’t have it. The food industry can play a major role in solving this problem. But they have to want to solve this problem. Right now they don’t want to play such role. Because there’s a lot of money involved in keeping everything as it is now. But here is a way to look at it. At least from an American standpoint. The food industry has revenue of one trillion dollars per year in the US. Health care costs us 2.7 trillion dollars per year. 75% of all healthcare costs are chronic metabolic diseases. For example, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, et cetera. 75% of all costs of treating those chronic diseases can be recouped. Dr. Robert Lustig, MD. We could solve this problem. That’s a 1.4 trillion dollars that disappears from the entire US budget. This is the amount of money we lose each year in health care costs. It is greater than total amount of annual revenue for the US food industry. Net profit is much less. This is unsustainable. This is why in the U.S., Medicare, government-run healthcare for retired people, will be broke by the year 2026. Dr. Anton Titov, MD. I assume we will do nothing to improve it. Ultimately you can pay for better food now. Or you can pay for the health care costs later. But ultimately this is going to find you. It is better to be smart early rather than to be dumb late. Dr. Robert Lustig, MD. This is a sobering truth. That’s only monetary value of this problem. There is also a huge moral burden. There is also a lot of suffering of people with all those diseases. There is suffering of their families. Dr. Robert Lustig, MD. Absolutely everyone suffers. You suffer, your family suffers, your community suffers, the health care system suffers. The only people who don’t suffer is the food industry. To me that’s not a good deal. That is not a good deal. In addition, we need a completely new relationship with the food industry. Right now they can put anything they want in any food they want. Food industry has a complete impunity. Is that acceptable? Does that cause problems? The answer is this. Absolutely it does cause problems. But right now the laws allow this to happen. Dr. Robert Lustig, MD. We need to re-think and re-make the laws. My personal feeling is this. There is method to accomplish most of this goal. Dr. Robert Lustig, MD. We have to remove the compound called “fructose” from the “generally recognized as safe” list. Fructose is a sweet molecule of sugar. Previously, sugar was a condiment, one or two teaspoons were added to your coffee or tea. That was the only place you had sugar in your diet. That was it. That was all you had. Then there was no problem. You ate 2 or 3 teaspoons of sugar per day and there were no problems. Food industry sugar addiction. Video interview with Dr Robert Lustig. Reward food industry for quality not quantity. Remove fructose from safe substance list.
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