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JJ Virgin: Sugar is the #1 recreational drug of choice

Larry King NowMar 15 '17

Bad news for those with a sweet tooth: JJ Virgin says sugar deserves its bad rap. The celebrity nutritionist breaks down the issue with the sweet stuff, and recommends substitutes to keep cravings at bay.

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Larry King: Is sugar our enemy?

JJ Virgin: Absolutely, it’s the #1 recreational drug of choice, it’s taking us down. One of the simplest things you can do in your diet to make a massive change is first of all, make an oil change, get more healthy fats. So take the sugar down, take the fat up, you will make yourself so much better fast.

Larry King: But you can’t avoid it. Sugar’s in almost everything, right?

JJ Virgin: So there’s a difference between mainlining sugar, or helping your body make it slowly from the carbohydrates you eat. So what you want to do is eat things like butternut squash, it’s carbohydrate, it’s going to break down into simple sugars. That’s very different than say, having honey.

Larry King: Is all fruit okay?

JJ Virgin: So all fruit is okay, depending. If you’ve got insulin resistance, if you’re diabetic, if you’ve got fatty liver, I would not eat fruit. Because it is one of the big sources of fructose, and fructose goes straight to the liver, the only organ that can metabolize it, and it starts making fat. I think the issue with fruit more is that we are not eating natural, raw, fresh fruit. We’re drinking our fruit, which basically turns your fruit into a soda, we’re eating dried fruit or fruit jams, that’s basically candy, so if you’re eating one or two pieces a day of fresh fruit, that’s very different than say, apple juice.

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