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US doctor says sugar is to blame for the obesity epidemic



My name is Corey. And I’m a sugar addict.

I get through a frightening amount of the stuff. There’s my Haribo binges, my cups of tea (milk, three sugars) and daily cans of full fat Coca-Cola - and that’s just the start of it. I shudder to think how much sugar I get through on the average week. I ought to buy shares in Tate & Lyle.

And all this sugar consumption is doing my health no good by all accounts.

Dr Robert Lustig, a leading US doctor, compares sugar to hard drugs like cocaine and heroin, because sugar is just as addictive. "We need to wean ourselves off. We need to de-sweeten our lives. We need to make sugar a treat, not a diet staple," he said.

"The food industry has made it into a diet staple because they know when they do you buy more. This is their hook. If some unscrupulous cereal manufacturer went out and laced your breakfast cereal with morphine to get you to buy more, what would you think of that? They do it with sugar instead."

Sugary foods can lead to heart and liver disease and are apparently the easiest way to add fat around the tummy (my biggest bit as it happens).

I’m inclined to agree with Doctor Lustig, and think it might be time to cut back on the sugar. Slowly.

Just the thought of it makes me want a Twix and a can of coke.

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