What is the LD50 of sugar

Is Sugar Really Bad?

The newspaper article of my displeasure has the panic title "Sugar is bad!"and was written by an ETH sports teacher who claims to be responsible for the newspaper's newly created fitness channel. The fact that a sports teacher is an expert on the complex topic of nutrition seems rather a mystery to me. The Fitness Channel offers a hub for various information that is worthy of praise. Unfortunately, in my opinion, he misses a defensible and passionate character as an ambassador for this sport, who refer to reliable data as “first base”. I would like to chronically list and comment on the individual statements of the said article, which are untruthful and not scientifically proven, in the following section in order to straighten out the image of the allegedly infernal sugar a bit.

"Sugar is bad!"

This statement is silly and far from the truth. The dose, the balance of single and multiple sugars and the context (fat-free mass vs. fat mass, trained or untrained etc.) largely determine the effect on the body. The median lethal dose (LD50) of sugar (1) is 30g / kg body weight. Salt (1), for example, is 3g / kg body weight and is therefore interestingly 10 times more lethal than sugar.

“When it comes to sugar, most nutritionists agree. Sugar is harmful .. "

Globally recognized nutrition experts such as Alan Aragon, Brad Schoenfeld or James Krieger have a completely different opinion in this case. To say that most experts agree is a long way off.

"Since industrialization around 150 years ago, sugar consumption has risen more sharply than any other food."

Evidence from the American Department of Agriculture (USDA) indicates a caloric increase of 445 KCAL (2/3) over the period 1970-2010. While 2,169 KCAL were consumed daily in 1970, this number rose to 2,614 KCAL in 2010. Of the 445 KCALs mentioned, only 45 KCALs come from sweeteners. This suggests that sweeteners account for less than 10% of caloric growth over the past 40 years. These data directly refute this statement. However, if data from 150 years ago are available and contain drastic changes related to Switzerland, I am happy to study them.

«Sugar .. stops (t) the burning of fat and, due to the resulting fluctuations in blood sugar, leads (t) to sugar cravings again even faster."

The regulation of blood sugar is subject to the hormone insulin, which is often accused of causing cravings. This has been refuted in several experiments (4). The protein leptin, which has hormone-like functions, largely regulates appetite, while neuronal factors also contribute. Sucrose (mix of fructose and glucose) also has a proven, appetite-suppressing effect (5).