October 24th, 2013
10:19 AM ET

Dr. Gupta: "Eat Real Food"

A new editorial in the British Medical Journal asks if sugar is worse for you than saturated fat.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta tells the "New Day" anchors, “We know over the last 40 years that the obesity rates have gone up both in adults and children. We know that heart disease remains the biggest killer of men and women alike, so maybe it wasn’t fat as much as we thought. Maybe the sugar was actually causing many of these problems.”

One way to avoid a lot of sugar?

Dr. Gupta suggests “Eat real food. If you’re eating real food as opposed to packaged food that needs sugar to store in and increase the shelf life you’re going to cut down on your sugar a tremendous amount.”

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  1. Jack

    I saw Dr. Gupta's report this morning and his comment about Real Food. It is definitely a step in the right direction, however it doesn't go farther enough. I agree that Saturated Fat is NOT the problem and that "sugar" intake (causing a rise in insulin) IS THE PROBLEM. What fact Dr. Gupta doesn't make clear is that REAL FOOD does not include CARBOHYDRATES. For example, take a baked potato (EVEN A "non-loaded" one!). When you consume carbohydrates, your body CONVERTS the carbohydrate to, guess what, SUGAR. This causes your insulin to rise. While it is true that SOME CARBS do not cause a rapid rise in insulin such as high grains, they will still convert to sugar, only to a lesser degree. Simply, CARBOHYDRATES are not a NECESSARY food source or for "energy." In contrast, Protein and Fat ARE NECESSARY for survival. While your body needs a very small amount of carbohydrates, it can easily get what it needs by converting protein. Fat is the better source for energy.

    October 26, 2013 at 12:28 pm | Reply

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