“To suggest that dietary sugar might cause or contribute to type 2 diabetes needs strong scientific evidence that demonstrates that either sugar increases body weight and body fatness (necessary for type 2 diabetes), or that sugar has some kind of unique effect that leads to 2 diabetes, irrespective of weight or body fatness.”
I swear, I’m not making this up.
The quote above is from a doctor, researcher and “Scientific Advisory Board Member to a number of international diabetes organizations”.
Of course there is plenty of scientific evidence about the role of sugar in the obesity epidemic, starting with a physical dependency (similar to what keep drug users addicted to opioids) and causing insulin resistance together with all other carbohydrates.
One of my grandmother brothers smoked Tuscan cigars all his life and died at 99. Somehow, I don’t think anyone nowadays would conclude that smoking is harmless and that in certain case could even extend your life, even if this is exactly what many doctors were saying when the tobacco industry was under attack.
Sugar plays a very important role in keeping people addicted to carbs, much more than starches. We already said that it is addictive, but also is easy to be added to many foods. Have a look at the labels of any product on a supermarket shelf, you’ll see that pretty much everything has sugar in it. Preserved vegetables, mayo, sauces, olives, tinned tomatoes, the list goes on and on.
The result is that eating industrial food, we are already raising our sugar intake even without snacking on chocolate or having a dessert after lunch.
But at the end of the day, if you are a Type 2 diabetic there is a very simple, inexpensive and effective way to demonstrate that all the above is all BS: ditch the carbs for 30 days, eat whatever else you like, meat, cheese, vegetables with garlic and butter, bacon and so on.
Check your weight before and after, and if you are diabetic check your blood sugar before and after. Then you’ll know what work for you.