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March 21 2013

Sugar, not fat, exposed as deadly villain in obesity epidemic


Sugar - given to children by adults, lacing our breakfast cereals and a major part of our fizzy drinks - is the real villain in the obesity epidemic, and not fat as people used to think, according to a leading US doctor who is taking on governments and the food industry.

Dr Robert Lustig, who was this month in London and Oxford for a series of talks about his research, likens sugar to controlled drugs. Cocaine and heroin are deadly because they are addictive and toxic - and so is sugar, he says. "We need to wean ourselves off. We need to de-sweeten our lives. We need to make sugar a treat, not a diet staple," he said.

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