Is Sugar as Bad as Alcohol?

A new study claims sugar does more than just pack on the pounds.
1:54 | 02/02/12

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An eye opening plea by -- prestigious medical journal this morning could sugar be as bad for your body. As alcohol a new study says sugar does more than just pack on the pounds researchers are even saying that like alcohol sugar should be taxed. ABC's doctor Richard Spencer. Is here with us this is raising a lot of eyebrows here. Is it really is no they say what they're saying is that not all calories are are the same and that the ones from sugar are the ones we need to worry about. And here's why the link sugar to something called the metabolic syndrome. The metabolic syndrome has abdominal obesity diabetes. High blood pressure hydrate -- triglycerides. You put those things together and you've got heart disease which is the number one killer in men and women in this country and it's all about the added sugar. -- -- -- because there's so much sicker and the foods that we eat and other products that we don't -- -- -- realized how much sugar -- that's right they say if if there wasn't the added sugar the other -- we take you wouldn't be a problem. But look at this Robin. 22. Teaspoons of added sugar per day is with the average person -- this is what -- adding. Per day that's what ready so let me let's look at what sugar we're taking -- let's start with breakfast when you have that glass of Orange juice in the morning. That has six teaspoons Hampshire -- sweetened cereal as many as five teaspoons of sugar. Granola it sounds healthier but -- -- have six -- in just one cup if you put ketchup on your French Fries. One table spoon -- ketchup has one whole teaspoon of added sugar. Richard you know the sugar association had something to say about this article they said impart to -- a single food as the one and only problem misinformed. Misleads and confuses consumers and simply adds to the problem. What do you think -- should be taxed. Well I you know tax will cut down on and on it some -- but here's what you can candidate bottom line get rid of this so does get rid the sports drinks and only one glass of fruit -- today. You do that you're not gonna have to worry about the sure you're getting elsewhere because that's where the bulk of our -- coming from be aware are rich thanks so much.

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