|Magnification of grains of refined sucrose, the most common free sugar.|
It’s the Sugar, Folks, New York Times, 27 February 2013
... elicited this comment that I think makes sense:
"This article is a gross distortion of nutritional and biochemical facts, that neglects the fundamental importance of sugars to the metabolism of life on this planet. The opening line ("Sugar is indeed toxic.") is distorted and inane. Sugars are not toxic, as evidenced by our evolution of taste buds that respond so positively to them. Sugars are a dense source of energy, which is why our metabolic systems cherish them. Let's leave such excessive, unsubstantiated commentary to The Onion or Mad Magazine, and just apply common sense to our diets."It may be useful to make a distinction between the refined "sugar" (table sugar or sucrose) that one sprinkles on cereal, stirs in tea, and adds to cake batter from the "sugars" that are chemically defined as molecules of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen, also known as carbohydrates. There are lots of foods that contain sugar - carrots, apples, tomatoes, peas - that are not toxic.
Phillip E. Klebba, Ph. D.
Head of Biochemistry
Kansas State University