When it rains, it pours

Well. If it wasn’t enough that I’ve been living sugar free for the last nine days AND immersing myself in books, articles and video lectures about the potential negative health effects of sugar, today the New York Times dealt up a hearty portion of investigative journalism goodness for my reading pleasure.

The article, “Is Sugar Toxic?” is running in this Sunday’s New York Times Magazine, but you can read it right now online. And if you care about your health, I suggest that you do read it. The author, Gary Taubes, has a new book out called “Why We Get Fat,” which I have not had a chance to read yet (it’s on my library hold list). I did buy his previous book, “Good Calories, Bad Calories,” after reading a library copy.

Right off the bat, Taubes mentions Dr. Robert Lustig, a leading expert in childhood obesity and professor of pediatrics in the endocrinology division at the University of California, San Francisco, Medical School. Specifically, he mentions the video of a lecture Dr. Lustig gave almost two years ago (“Sugar: The Bitter Truth”), which subsequently went viral on the interwebs. Ironically, it’s this lecture on sugar that got my UCTV addiction started last month. I highly recommend it. The YouTube version is embedded below, but you can also access it here.

I’m also about one-quarter through the book “Anticancer: A New Way of Life” by Dr. David Servan-Schreiber, whose UCTV lecture I talked about previously. It’s a good read so far. He hasn’t talked about sugar yet, but I know that he will.

Can you guess that I’m going to have more to say about sugar? You betcha. For now, go take another look at the sugar-filled school bus in yesterday’s post. Oh, I made a really good brown rice risotto for dinner tonight. I’m mentioning it now because that means I’m obligated to share the recipe tomorrow. But for now, my microbiology textbook awaits!