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Sugar as dangerous as alcohol and cigarettes

By Robyn Openshaw, MSW | Jun 17, 2013

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.

Click here to view the News Video on Sugar Study

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.

Posted in: Food Industry, News, Research, Standard American Diet, Weight Management, Whole Food

2 thoughts on “Sugar as dangerous as alcohol and cigarettes”

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  1. Terri says:

    I agree. Sugar has no business being in schools or hospitals. On a more personal note. I am addicted to sugar. I smoked cigarettes for 3 years during my adolescent years. It would be easier to quit smoking again than to quit sugar. Honey, however does not have the same effect on me.

  2. Jeanne Dunbar says:

    Robyn, I enjoyed your seminar in Cincinnati, Ohio this past year! I’m a huge fan of yours!

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