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Doctor says sugar is eight times more addictive than cocaine

Doctor Says Sugar Eight Times More Addictive Than Cocaine

A U.S. doctor is making it his mission to publicly highlight some scary effects sugar has on the body. The chairman of the Institute for Functional Medicine says we're becoming more dependent on sugary foods and drinks - saying they're even more addictive than cocaine.

On"CBS This Morning," Dr. Mark Hyman said, "In animal studies, they find that the rats go for the sugar and that it's eight times as addictive as cocaine. Small amounts of sugar can be part of a normal diet, but most of us are addicted to sugar and don't know it."

Hyman himself has gone as far as calling sugar and sugary foods "deadly."

He told the New York Daily News that "sugar is the new nicotine. And worse, sugar actually causes diabetes and obesity."

The doctor's trying to help people find ways to lessen their dependence on sugar with tips from his book, "The Blood Sugar Solution 10-Day Detox Diet."

On the book's website, Dr. Hyman says 600 people took part in the diet, which encourages healthier eating habits. Together, they lost more than 4,000 pounds, and their average blood pressure fell by about 10 points.

Dr. Hyman told New York Daily News the average American eats 152 pounds of sugar a year. Whoa.

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jkmhcc February 25 2014 at 1:49 PM

1) What classifies an 'Average American" ?
2) He sounds like Dr. Bombay.
3) The book he's shilling will be in thebargain bin within 2 weeks.
4) WTF is the "Institute for Functional Medicine" ?

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freshness7636 February 25 2014 at 8:44 AM

Have Your Say............I'm going to try this 10 day detox.....this a very big problem for most of us......

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Paul II February 25 2014 at 8:49 AM

So if "sugar is the new nicotine", why are we not being warned of the insidious threat of SECOND HAND SUGAR!!!???

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Christopher Paul II February 25 2014 at 8:53 AM


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PAULINE Paul II February 25 2014 at 8:54 AM

how do you get second hand sugar?

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rbearland February 25 2014 at 2:28 PM

White powdery substances are generally not good for us.

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Diane February 25 2014 at 8:53 AM

I have also noticed someone has made the Facebook link an invalid one. I guess the sugar lobbyists don't want anyone knowing how bad sugar is for us!

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pcclsky February 25 2014 at 2:34 PM

I don't really care whether or not it is addictive and "harmful"...as least, in the sense that it's probably just as "harmful" as most of everything else you do in your life. (If we went off on everything that was harmful to your health, cars would be illegal.) What I'm more concerned about is some politician over in DC now, once again, saying they need to "save us from ourselves" by regulating and taxing sugar, and in the process making tons of pork for his cronies in the form of DEA Agents that specialize in sugar and raking in more tax revenue for projects rather than the deficit.

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Ben February 25 2014 at 8:54 AM

These low-brow opportunists never run out of scam ideas to steal "grant money."

What's next? The mother of all addictions? WATER or AIR?

How much are they going to charge for that?

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glenn_stark February 25 2014 at 5:59 PM

Use Splenda.

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oceanleaper7 glenn_stark February 25 2014 at 6:15 PM

Right on.

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brifly73 February 25 2014 at 8:57 AM



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rafael February 25 2014 at 5:43 PM

We been eating sugar for hundreds of year , when I was a kid we had soda and ice cream floats, non diet drinks, and on and on and we did not have these problems, what we have now is a sedentary population.

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hershybrown66 rafael February 25 2014 at 6:22 PM

The difference is the type of sugar they have in our foods now is completely processed compared to what we ate years ago. The ice cream, soda and other sweets of yesteryear did not have nearly the amount of chemicals, dyes and HFC syrup and other mess they put in our foods now. The body totally does not know what to do with these so called ingredients so it gets stored as fat. I agree with you that the problem also lies with a sedentaty population. That's half the battle. Also the amounts of soda, ice cream and sweets we ate years ago was much less. I remember only having a 12 oz soda only on special occasions or a small slice of cake etc. Not only are we eating bad food, we are eating large quantities of it. Why do we need to drink a 20 or 32oz soda? America is going to the toilet because of greed. Fast food, and products the manufacturers can make a quick buck at the expense of our health. They don't give a hoot about our health. But who pays in the end.

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