Is there really such a thing as sugar and carb addiction? Some scientists say it’s overblown hype and marketing. Others say solid science shows it’s real.
US paediatrics professor Dr Robert Lustig, a specialist in neuroendocrinology and childhood obesity, calls sugar addiction “the elephant in the kitchen”.
UK consultant cardiologist Dr Aseem Malhotra says sugar is “the single most important dietary factor that is contributing to a worldwide epidemic of obesity and type 2 diabetes”. Malhotra has written a foreword to the new revised UK edition of the best-selling Sugar Free – 8 Weeks to Freedom from Sugar and Carb Addiction (Robinson) by South African author, speaker and recovered sugar addict Karen Thomson. It’s a riveting read. If you still harbour any doubt that sugar addiction is real, here’s why you shouldn’t: