A study out of University of California at SF says that sugar should be regulated like alcohol and cigarettes, because it’s every bit as dangerous and deleterious.
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It changes your metabolism, raises your blood pressure, and destroys your liver, they say.
They state that it contributes to 35 million deaths, compared to 6 million deaths from smoking each year. Sadly, you and I both know that sugar is an American darling, a sacred cow that no one is going to touch. GreenSmoothieGirl can dream, though.
(Actually, I don’t dream about government regulation. That would never work as a solution. We should get it out of the schools, hospitals, and vending machines though, and implement education programs.)
“Empty calories” as the descriptor for sugar is language that isn’t nearly strong enough – because sugar is filled with bad stuff, not just nothingness.
The Sugar Association, of course, is screaming bloody murder and claiming those calling attention to the study are “irresponsible.”
As if the SUGAR industry is a paragon of responsible virtues with the right to get in a self-righteous snit. That would be entertaining, if it weren’t so infuriating.
What would it be like to have a job working for the sugar industry where you do NO good for anyone, only HARM? Once the High-Fructose Corn Syrup people posted here on my blog, spinning their product as some kind of health food. INCREDIBLE.