CBS News -- Dr. Sanjay Gupta on the Sunday edition of 60 Minutes reported on new research that shows how sugar can take a serious toll on your health.
Dr. Gupta spoke with Dr. Robert Lustig, a pediatric endocrinologist at the University of California. He believes the high amount of sugar in the American diet, much of it in processed foods, is killing us.
The report also points out that sugar is probably a bigger part of your daily diet than you realize. The research reportedly is starting to show that the way many people eat sugar , it may classify as a toxin and could be a driving force behind some of the country's leading killers, like heart disease.
Americans are now consuming nearly 130 pounds of added sugars per person, per year. Those include both sugar and high fructose corn syrup. And while many vilify high fructose corn syrup and believe it is worse than sugar, Dr. Lustig says metabolically there is no difference. "They are basically equivalent. The problem is they're both bad. They're both equally toxic," he says.
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