USA: Should sugar should be regulated like alchohol and tabacco?
Anybody else notice that the minute government started regulating what the daily diet should comprise of, the obesity epidemic set in? No more listening to your body. No, that was way too easy. Instead they started lecturing kids what and how much they should eat everyday and bingo, 40-odd years later obesity is out of control. Another ‘we know best’ idea was to curb the activity levels at school in case kids injured themselves. Today, kids don’t even need to move around as they have the internet in their homes and schools, making them even more inactive. Kids aren’t happy-go-lucky anymore. There is crime keeping them indoors; TV and the internet keeping them parked down, and sport and social interaction no longer a given in their lives. As a result, an entire generation of anti-social thugs has been created. I say thugs because parents have even been banned from disciplining their kids with the net result of what we see today – rude, angry, violent kids, majority of whom turn to drugs for the excitement they crave. So, as if all of this wasn’t enough ‘help’ from government, scientists from the University of
Lala-Land California are of the opinion that sugar should be taxed and controlled by government because you can’t be trusted with it. Yeah, that’s a great idea, but why stop there! I’m sure too many bananas can’t be good for you too, so let’s regulate that as well. I mean, one of these days we won’t even be trusted to get out of our beds in the morning without government being there to make sure we don’t hurt ourselves. In fact, how about they just make us stay in bed from birth to death so that they can protect us from ourselves? Let’s go one step further: how about them regulating who can pro-create so we can have only clever kids who’ll appreciate what the government can do for them? And yet, we still have these so-called intellectuals trying to force even more government control down our throats. Think I’m exaggerating? I guess we’ll find out in the next 10-20 years just how much government will be in our lives by then….
Sugar poses enough health risks that it should be considered a controlled substance just like alcohol and tobacco, contend a team of researchers from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).
In an opinion piece called “The Toxic Truth About Sugar” that was published Feb. 1 in the journal Nature, Robert Lustig, Laura Schmidt and Claire Brindis argue that it’s a misnomer to consider sugar just “empty calories.” They write: “There is nothing empty about these calories. A growing body of scientific evidence is showing that fructose can trigger processes that lead to liver toxicity and a host of other chronic diseases. A little is not a problem, but a lot kills — slowly.”
Almost everyone’s heard of — or personally experienced — the proverbial sugar high, so perhaps the comparison between sugar and alcohol or tobacco shouldn’t come as a surprise. But it’s doubtful that Americans will look favorably upon regulating their favorite vice. We’re a nation that’s sweet on sugar: the average U.S. adult downs 22 teaspoons of sugar a day, according to the American Heart Association, and surveys have found that teens swallow 34 teaspoons.
To counter our consumption, the authors advocate taxing sugary foods and controlling sales to kids under 17. Already, 17% of U.S. children and teens are obese, and across the world the sugar intake has tripled in the past 50 years. The increase has helped create a global obesity pandemic that contributes to 35 million annual deaths worldwide from noninfectious diseases including diabetes, heart disease and cancer.
“There are good calories and bad calories, just as there are good fats and bad fats, good amino acids and bad amino acids, good carbohydrates and bad carbohydrates,” Lustig, a professor of pediatrics and director of the Weight Assessment for Teen and Child Health (WATCH) program at UCSF, said in a statement. “But sugar is toxic beyond its calories.”
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