Last week we reported on the damaging effects of sugar. Responsible for a host of chronic illnesses as well as a national obesity crisis, sugar invades nearly every processed food product on the shelves. One cup of pasta can contain as much sugar as a poptart. (Not to mention the obscene sugar levels in pasta sauce: 1 cup can contain up to 23 grams of sugar.) But one man is on a mission to do something about this epidemic–Dr. Robert H. Lustig. And we’d like to introduce him to you. Meet Robert.
Dr. Robert H. Lustig
Robert H. Lustig, M.D. has spent the past sixteen years treating childhood obesity and studying the effects of sugar on the central nervous system and metabolism. He is the Director of the UCSF Weight Assessment for Teen and Child Health Program and also a member of the Obesity Task Force of the Endocrine Society. His YouTube video lecture “Sugar: The Bitter Truth” has received over four million hits and his book Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity and Disease, became an instant New York Times bestseller. Dr. Lustig’s latest book is a follow-up called The Fat Chance Cookbook.
The Fat Chance Cookbook
The Fat Chance Cookbook contains more than 100 recipes as well as meal plans, nutritional analyses, shopping lists, and food swaps. Dr. Lustig details how to drastically reduce sugar in our diets to lose weight and regain health. Lustig gives tips on how to read a food label and spot hidden sugars, how to navigate the grocery store, and how to purchase food that contributes to health.
The Fat Chance Cookbook is meant to be a fun and easy roadmap to better health for the whole family.
Robert Lustig in the Media
Robert Lustig – NY Times Well Blog
Q. What are your thoughts on diets that focus on calories? -Anahad O’Connor
A. I’m not against reducing calories. But if that’s all you’re doing, it can’t work. It depends on what those calories are. Everything that comes in a 100-calorie container, half of it is sugar, whether it’s yogurt, or cookies, or whatever. If a calorie is a calorie, then it should work. But it doesn’t, because a calorie is not a calorie. And that is the thing we have to get past. -Robert Lustig