Sweet Revenge: Turning the Tables on Processed Food
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“You would never give your child a can of beer but you don’t think twice about giving them a can of soda,” says Dr. Robert Lustig, a pediatric endocrinologist at UCSF and the founder of the Institute for Responsible Nutrition. He is fed up that so many children come to his clinic with diet-related disease, such as type 2 diabetes. His efforts to fix this epidemic are showcased in a new public television special Sweet Revenge: Turning the Tables on Processed Food. The PBS program addresses health problems associated with our standard American diet and how this affects children and adults in the U.S. and worldwide.
“Most people think of sugar and junk food as empty calories, but they are way worse,” Dr. Lustig said. “Sugar turns into unhealthy fat in the body, and processed food, including supposedly healthy choices such as fruit-flavored yogurt, is loaded with added sugar,” he says.
In Sweet Revenge, Dr. Lustig lays the blame squarely on the processed food industry, not consumers, for rising rates of type 2 diabetes and other diseases that are entirely preventable. Viewers of the program learn that a single can of soda contains a staggering nine teaspoons of sugar—a full day’s adult dose limit, and three times the amount a child should consume (according to the American Heart Association). The result is that pediatricians are increasingly treating kids with type 2 diabetes and fatty liver disease, which in the past were diseases found only in adults.
The good news is that public television viewers will have the ultimate sweet revenge when they learn that, as startling and complex as the problem is, the solution is surprisingly simple.
Sweet Revenge now available in Spanish as well - "Dulce Venganza"!