Office Hours: Sugar Toxicity + The Latest on Saturated Fat & Heart Disease [video]

by | Apr 22, 2011

For those of you who haven’t been following along with the Tomato Slice newsletter, I recently launched a segment called Office Hours where I make myself available to take any questions subscribers may have.

This week I held a special Office Hours to discuss 2 articles from last week’s For The Love Of Food post:

  1. Is Sugar Toxic? by Gary Taubes
  2. The latest scientific consensus on saturated fat and heart disease

Since I had so many questions on these papers, I recorded the session and posted it above.

If you’d like to know more about the sugar article, I also recommend Dr. Lustig’s YouTube video mentioned in the article, as well as his interview this week on KQED which I’ve included below.

Feel free to leave your thoughts or ask questions in the comments.

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18 Responses to “Office Hours: Sugar Toxicity + The Latest on Saturated Fat & Heart Disease [video]”

  1. thomas says:

    “cheese is too expensive” … says the gal who spends 10k per year on restaurant food 😉

  2. Madhu says:

    I wish you discussed about how exercise affects this equation. Like strength training ,sprinting etc has profound effects on immune system and CNS. And to me it seems like the general population associate that with the bodybuilding stigma. The average person that is looking to get healthy and not necessarily worry about aesthetics is almost always doing stuff like long distance cardio. I find very very few people who do whole body exercises in the gym.

    And towards the end of the video you talked about yourself gaining weight because of eating meat a little more. Why do you think that gain is bad?

  3. Janet Duran says:

    Thank you so much for the segment on sugar. I actually came home early from work today because my digestion was feeling off. When I internalized the reason why sugar was the first thing that came to my mind. I plan on trying to correct my eating habits, namely chocolate every night. What I’ve learned from you here today will help me greatly in the future. Thank you for your brilliance.

  4. Mary says:

    So, do you subscribe to Monica Reinegal’s “Inflammation Factor” scale? So many whole foods, including many fruits and vegetables, have at least a mildy inflammatory rating. According to the scale, the homemade steel cut oatmeal with blueberries (no sweetener) that I had for breakfast was moderately inflammatory. The salad I just ate for lunch (baby lettuce, carrots, tomato, yellow bell pepper, cucumber, avocado) was apparently only mildly anti inflammatory. Hell, I don’t know what to eat for dinner…

    • Darya Pino says:

      Hi Mary,

      There’s a little validity to the inflammation theory but not enough to stress over. If you’re eating real foods you’re leaps and bounds above most people, and probably enough to add 15 years to your life. Don’t let an arbitrary number cause you to worry about foods humans have been eating for 10,000 years.

  5. Mary says:

    Thanks. I do tend to obsess over every new health/diet theory–that’s when I turn to you to set me straight. 🙂 Love your blog/videos!

  6. Ines says:

    Hi Darya,

    Great article. I am constantly amazed by the food industries deception in food labeling and marketing of sugars. Even as a active seeker of healthier options, its hard to find any products that are not piled full of the stuff! My tip is to stay only on the ‘outside’ areas of the supermarket, i.e there’s no need to go down the aisles for anything as its all processed – sticking to the fruit, veggies & meats are always the best bet.
    Love you site and have added you to my blogroll – keep up the great work!


  7. Marlene Lakey says:

    About a year ago I was approaching the age of 60 and decided to eat better because I didn’t want to succumb to an old age disease, so I cut out sugar. I lost 25 lbs in 5 months, however, after awhile I went back to my old eating habits and gained 10 of it back. Since reading Taubes’ article, I’m going to cut out sugar again, so thanks for bringing it to my attention. I agree that sugar is scary – I need to keep reminding myself of this so I can stay on track. Thank you !

  8. Junkirri says:

    A bit disappointed in your comments here. I felt that the video was information and thought about following you, but decided not to after reading your comments here. I was hoping you’d be more tactful.

    I respect those who try to help others like yourself, but I get turned off when their character doesn’t match what they preach. You didn’t have to stoop to the commenter’s level.

    In any case, I hope you take this comment as a way to improve yourself and this site. There’s alot of good information here and I’d hate for it to be tainted by your refusal to listen to those who care enough to comment here.

    • Darya Rose says:

      I appreciate your honesty, Junkirri. Criticism and feedback are always welcome here, but I have a low tolerance for anonymous rudeness. That said, that comment was a very long time ago. These days I’d probably have just ignored Annoyed.

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