Sugar is "Like Cigarettes and Alcohol, And Killing Us"


The New York Times Magazine cover article has the provocative title Is Sugar Toxic?   Author Gary Taubes has become convinced it isn’t the dietary fat that is causing the explosion of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and hypertension, but the sugar. It is a thesis put forward by Robert Lustig of University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine, who says "sugar should be thought of, like cigarettes and alcohol, as something that’s killing us."

The points this author makes is valid, yet this is not the whole picture.

Sugar IS bad for us in any form; sugar, high fructose corn syrup, etc.  However too many carbs in ANY FORM is what is primarily the problem with Americans health.  Yes, that includes FRUITS and veggies if they are too high a percentage of your food intake!

CARBS are killing us!   The average food diary I see from nutrition clients shows 50 to 70% calories from carbs. 

There are two side to his; the sugar and carbs themselves are a problem AND the lack of depth of nutrients in those foods are the other serious problem.

CARBS KILL, plain and simple. Sugar satisfies us, gives our brains quick energy…but leaves us badly malnourished.  If you are even 10 pounds overweight you are malnourished.

Depth of nutrients come from fat and HIGH quality protein (NOT nuts, tofu, protein powders, power bars…). 

You need 200 calories a day to be healthy, to meet your energy and nutrient needs.  It cannot be done on a vegetarian or vegan diet as the saturated fats that the human body needs comes from animals!  The earth cannot support us eating a grain based diet, we need animal husbandry for fertilizer otherwise we are stuck with chemical fertilizers.

We also need high quality fat; 50% of our calories each day should come from fat (75% of those from healthy, organic saturated fats) 30% from high quality protein (grass fed beef or bison, game, free range organic chickens and turkey, organ meats, eggs).  The remaining 20% should be from vegetables in addition to some fruit.

Eating this way will normalize your weight, get rid of allergies, restore/repair an immune system and detoxify the body…and lead to abundant health. 

Look at a perfect day from this way of eating;

Ideal Day


2 eggs, (, poached, fried) with 1 teaspoon organic butter 

3 to 4 slices organic bacon

1/2 fruit (I eat blueberries or raspberries)

4 ounces coconut yogurt (I make it myself or you can buy it at the Health Food Store)

4 ounces green drink (I juice every 3 or 4 days)


8 ounces beef or chicken (or what’s leftover from dinner)

1 ½ cup stock (I like taking my protein in a thermos with the broth and caramelized onions)

Greens or fruit and yogurt


½ cup blueberries with 1 tablespoons macadamias or cashews


1/2 medium sweet potato or winter squashes with butter

Sliced tomatoes or sliced avocado

8 ounces grass fed beef, bison or free range chicken, lamb

3 cups kale or broccoli or other green LEAFY vegetable

other veggies such as mushrooms, peppers

THIS is 2000 calories that meets all of your caloric and nutrient needs.

THIS is 2000 calories that meets all of your caloric and nutrient needs.

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