Very interesting study on 60 minutes about health effects of sugar, and more info on YouTube video which inspired much of the story titled Sugar, the Bitter Truth.
My short summary of the content:
Eating sugar is as bad, or probably worse for you, than eating fat. Processed sugar is separated from the fiber which it is naturally found with in things such as fruit. The body doesn’t recognize fructose (as in HFCS, or High Fructose Corn Syrup which is found in practically all processed foods) so doesn’t feel satiated as it does with glucose/sucrose, and more of the calories make it to the liver, where they will be stored as fat. Nutritionally, fructose is almost identical to alcohol. Much more information. Long but not hard to watch if you are interested in nutrition, a most complex subject. You can also check the 60 minutes story from April 1, 2012 titled “Is Sugar Toxic?”
Also, there are actually 2-types of LDL cholesterol, low-density and high-density. LDL numbers do not reflect this, but triglyceride levels do, and are a better indicator of heart disease risks.
The easiest thing is to avoid sugary beverages and highly processed foods, especially those with high amounds of sugars and a long shelf life. High fiber foods include whole corn, all types of beans/peas, broccoli, brown rice, oatmeal, whole-wheat pasta and bread, avocado, apples, pears, raspberries, artichokes, almonds and barley (but not the liquid kind).
On the bright side, coffee is still good for you! (Just not lattes).