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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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usapaydirt February 25 2014 at 8:07 AM

What people put into their bodies is of no one else's concern. I do however discount the assumption that people eat more sugar than in past history. My Grandmother, and hers before her constantly made from scratch, pies, custards, cakes , cookies, ice cream and that southern staple, homemade sweet ice tea which they drank constantly day in and day out. Add to that, everything they cooked and baked used lard ( animal fat ) and the butter was hand made from whole cream. They all lived till their nineties, rarely saw a doctor and never took a vitamin supplement. Life is to be lived, not endured...........

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tookie9293 usapaydirt February 25 2014 at 8:17 AM

They used real sugar and other real ingredients. Also, they moved, didn't lead sedentary lives. Fad diets are not the answer. God's diet is, which is very simple: eat real food and move!

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richtermusk February 25 2014 at 5:29 PM

OMG...where did AOL find this Dr.??? Sugar does NOT CAUSE diabetes!! It is the Pancreas inability to process insulin to control the body absorbtion/elimination of sugars .... Sugar does not cause obesity....over eating, excessive carbohydrates, fatty foods and physical inactivity for prolonged life style causes obesity!! Sugars are found naturally in foods as forms of sucrose or fructose.... added sugars to foods enhance flavors, and increase the crave for these foods!! This does not mean that it will cause diabetes or obesity....EXCESSIVENESS in eating habits can/will cause obesity and POSSIBLY diabetes in those with medical issues that causes the body to not process insulin to control sugar in the body = high blood sugar!! Sounds like a diet book HYPE to me, preying on peoples fear and or ignorance of the facts !!

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beaulieunicko richtermusk February 25 2014 at 6:04 PM

i agree, massive alcohol consumption can give you pancreatitis(not sure if i spelled it right or if it is a word, just what doctors told me i had), followed by lifelong diabetes. to blame sugar is akin to saying oxygen consumption will kill you after 80 or 90 years of inhaling it.

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crazy ray February 25 2014 at 11:19 AM

Just plain garbage info. Gee, you know I've eaten sugar. And I'm NOT addicted. The mission of this doctor is simpler than you think: TO SELL BOOKS!!! How gullible can you get?

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mzmarian February 25 2014 at 4:58 PM

then keep sugar OUT of prepared foods.... OUT of ceral.....sugar is added to every food on the grocery shelves...... sugar is added, by the manufacters , to everything... every food .... we all purchase......

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wendelena50 February 25 2014 at 9:10 AM

Just sat in COSTA's with my latte and Sicilian lemon muffin, so maybe he has a point!! That's it no more till tomorrow lol.

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jimsfamilyblue February 25 2014 at 4:56 PM

So, who is this MD? . . he must have some MAJOR accomplishments under his belt to get such attention for an unheard of cause . . .

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penbram jimsfamilyblue February 25 2014 at 5:17 PM

not unheard of.....been in lots of articles in last few years

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hershybrown66 jimsfamilyblue February 25 2014 at 6:40 PM

Unheard of cause? Obesity? Sugar? Diabetes? Where have you been for the last 20 years. Dr. Mark Hyman was also on Dr.OZ today as well. Read his book, do some research. Great, truthful information.

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milty420 February 25 2014 at 9:17 AM

do drugs!!!


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MICHELLE milty420 February 25 2014 at 9:26 AM

I'll stick with sugar. The side effects are easier to combat. There are far more fatal car accidents caused by drug abuse than sugar abuse!

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usapaydirt February 25 2014 at 9:21 AM

I have lived all over the US, and having met folks who liked sweets a lot , I have never met a human who consumed 152 lbs. of sugar a year. Though I'd say it is possible to consume nearly 3 lbs. a week , I'd say that's the exception and nowhere near what's considered average consumption.

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Brandon February 25 2014 at 9:24 AM

I have began to eliminate many sugars, particularly processed and lately hardly none. I have been feeling like I have had more energy and feel better because of it. Eating a whole food and organic diet is the best way to go. Grow your own food and get your hands dirty too! There is many other culprits I will say other than sugar out there causing heath problems. Consider genetically modified sugar from sugar beets, corn syrup and high fructose corn syrup which will be even far worse than refined sugars. High Fructose corn syrup is a big problem with type 2 diabetes and obesity Many people and their children's heath has turned around after making a transition to a organic diet and best of all is a diet of alkaline. You want to get your alkaline levels in balance! Alkaline vs acidic foods. You can still eat healthier whole foods, but they can still be what is called acidic to our bodies and cause acidosis. Take coffee, meats, dairy alcohol. Dr. Robert Young has done the research about this and has changed many peoples lives. So what I am saying is that cancer and diseases are more than just about sugar, and consuming less to none is a good thing, but you ain't going to get far still with a diet full of acidic foods take in mind and if you are even more serious about your health I recommend taking a look into Dr. Young's work. It is extraordinary!

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nan.pelosi Brandon February 25 2014 at 9:41 AM

I agree with you on the high fructose corn syrup, but must disagree on the organic foods. Organic foods are just a ploy, it is unsustainable and highly subjective to interpretation at the supermarket level. There are large corporations right now that label their food organic and they changed nothing in the way that they farmed before the word organic became popular.

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Joyce February 25 2014 at 9:26 AM

While I am sure that some people can get addicted to sugar, I don't believe that it's addictive as this doctor is saying. Since he's trying to sell a book, I think I will remain a bit skeptical.

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