Is Sugar the New Tobacco?

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This may be a surprising notion for some of you, but according to several studies this eye-catching headline heralded a new global campaign to stem the epidemics of obesity and Type 2 diabetes. Nobody can refute that the vast majority of us are addicted to this addictive refined white powder commonly known as sugar, aka, sweetie, sucrose, baby, glucose, edible crack, fructose, honey, and that obesity is a REAL epidemic and scourge since it effects hundreds of millions of us in the US.  

The strategy begins by heightening public awareness of the amount of sugar hidden in processed food and drinks and inducing producers to slash the amount of added sugar in their products by 20 to 30 percent within three to five years. That reduction would eliminate 100 calories a day from the typical diet, enough to halt or even reverse rising levels of obesity, type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, fatty liver and even cardiovascular disease and associated ill-health, according to Action on Sugar, the group spearheading the campaign. The amount of sugar hidden in processed foods and drinks amounts to a "public health hazard," according to Action on Sugar's scientific director. 

All I can say is that it is about time. Sugar's negative impact on health is often cumulative, and virtually all Americans consume far too much - about 64 pounds per person per year, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture survey. Awareness is key to changing behaviors, and prompting consumers to read labels may quickly convince them to seek products without added sugar. The best way to satisfy a sweet tooth is with foods in which the sugar naturally present is part of a whole food, such as in fresh or dried fruit, because the sugars are bound in a matrix of fiber that slows digestion and limits rapid increases in blood glucose. I applaud Action on Sugar and its goals.

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  • Moderation is the key....have you seen how HUMONGEOUS the portions that are served          by any restaurant are..?

    People go back for seconds and thirds in restaurants that have those food troughs.

    It starts with feeding kids cereals that are loaded with sugar, candy and all kinds of other crap your body does not need, combine that with the lack of physical activities, there is your recipe for obesity and diabetes. It is not nessecary the product you consume, it is the QUANTITY of the product one consumes. I see 300+ LBS people in my work environemnt that load their plates with enough food to feed a soup kitchen. I do not feel one bit sorry for those that have selfe induced ailments.

  • Far be it from me to get all hung up on Easter, but the Christian holiday has just passed where we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ by poisoning our children with marshmallow, chocolate and caramel.  What kind of society does this to its children?

    Ewe...

  • N4S, I thought that you were a worker bee yourself?

  • all of that is true.  I have a hive and enjoy fresh unpasturized unadulterated honey.  Definitly better than that supermarket crap that comes from who knows where.
     

  • need4speed, April 25, 2014 10:44AM

    The best way to satisfy a sweet tooth is with foods in which the sugar naturally present is part of a whole food,

    You mean like honey?

    Nope.

    "As far as carbohydrates are concerned, honey isn't any better or worse for you than sugar, whether or not you have type 2 diabetes. Honey contains fructose, glucose and water plus other sugars as well as trace enzymes, minerals, amino acids and a wide range of B vitamins. The amount of these micronutrients varies depending on where the honey comes from. In general, darker honeys contain more vitamins than lighter ones and also provide more trace minerals such as calcium, magnesium and potassium.

    If you consult the glycemic index, you'll see that honey and table sugar rank very close together, honey at 62 and sugar at 64. As I'm sure you know, the glycemic index measures how easily the body turns carbohydrates into glucose, provoking an insulin response. (You can view this list at www.mendosa.com/gilists.htm.) A newer and more practical concept isglycemic load, a measure of how many grams of carbohydrate a normal serving contains. For example, carrots rank high on the glycemic index, but the amount of carbohydrates you would actually consume in a normal serving is pretty low, only 6.2 grams. To calculate glycemic load you multiply a food's ranking on the glycemic index by the actual amount of carbohydrates ingested.

    Although it offers no nutritional advantage over sugar, honey does have some useful and unique properties. It promotes wound healing, for example. Raw honey is an excellent first aid measure for burns, even very severe ones. (I wouldn't advise treating a serious wound with the honey you get at the supermarket or health food store. You need a medicinal honey for that, and someone with expertise to treat you.)

    Individuals with diabetes should consume honey in moderation, if at all. If you are not diabetic and like honey, I recommend raw varieties, which I much prefer for their flavors and textures."

    Andrew Weil, M.D.

  • The article lists honey in the same category as other refined sugars which it isn't. Obesity and diabetes is a major problem and super size servings of everything has lead to this problem. Hopefully changes in manufacturing, marketing and advertising will help but we need to do more than just educate the dangers and do more to teach personal responsibility in how to control the discipline and will to take our healths more seriously. This is the same way we need to go about in fighting drug abuse rather than just say how bad it is and then punish the ones caught. It has got to start at home and start early and the industries promotions needs to be curved from causing temptations and using misleading information and scientific terms that most people do not even know what they are or mean.

  • The best way to satisfy a sweet tooth is with foods in which the sugar naturally present is part of a whole food,

    You mean like honey?

  • BrunoUno, Look how they are going to fight this addiction. I didn't see any mention of the legal system getting the job of fighting this proven danger or billions being spent to combat this epidemic. We actually stand a chance of nipping this problem quickly instead of going a half of a century and still be at square one.