Friday, April 22, 2011

Killer Bunny?

Sugar a combination of glucose, sucrose, fructose, or high fructose corn syrup just might be poisonous and highly addictive according to a CNN report. If poisonous was not enough, sugar is as addictive as cocaine and heroin and is a major contributing factor to diabetes and the hardening of arteries. Just hearing this was enough to cause me to consider banishing little chocolate bunnies, marshmallow peeps, and any other sweet Easter goody.

After some digging around, I uncovered New York Times article, “Is Sugar Toxic?” According to Robert Lustig, a specialist on pediatric hormone disorders and the leading expert in childhood obesity at the University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine, sugar is a “toxin” or a “poison.” Make no mistake, Lustig means the white stuff (sucrose) and high fructose corn syrup. Moreover, what does this mean? Well, if Lustig is correct, excessive consumption of sugar is the primary reason for skyrocketing obesity, diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, and some common cancers.

As for Easter goodies, I will indulge, in careful moderation, on chocolate bunnies, marshmallow peeps, and Hersey’s Kisses.

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