February 3, 2012

Researchers: Sugar Should Be Regulated As Toxin

The work of Gary Taubes, including his NYT article, Is Sugar a Toxin?, is having a rather profound effect in the dietary zeitgeist. And now this: Researchers say sugar should be regulated as a toxin:
A spoonful of sugar might make the medicine go down. But it also makes blood pressure and cholesterol go up, along with your risk for liver failure, obesity, heart disease and diabetes.

Sugar and other sweeteners are, in fact, so toxic to the human body that they should be regulated as strictly as alcohol by governments worldwide, according to a commentary in the current issue of the journal Nature by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).

The researchers propose regulations such as taxing all foods and drinks that include added sugar, banning sales in or near schools and placing age limits on purchases.

Although the commentary might seem straight out of the Journal of Ideas That Will Never Fly, the researchers cite numerous studies and statistics to make their case that added sugar — or, more specifically, sucrose, an even mix of glucose and fructose found in high-fructose corn syrup and in table sugar made from sugar cane and sugar beets — has been as detrimental to society as alcohol and tobacco.
Read the entire article.


Nebris said...

Yeah, just what we need; another substance added to the War on [Some] Drugs. *multiple expletives*

This is a classic example of self righteousness control freaks leading us into more fascist bullshit. And these same idiots then squawk when a govt agency shuts down raw food outlets.

ZarPaulus said...

The problem is high-fructose corn syrup. Many manufacturers in the US use that instead of cane sugar because it's cheaper due to a combination of bans on imports, quotas, and corn subsidies.

I generally think that government regulation can help but this is one of the few cases where it made things far worse.

Matthew Fuller said...

Maybe that is what government is for: finding where tiny gains in efficiencies can be made and legislating a new "reality" into existence.

Catherine said...

high fructose corn syrup is our biggest problem today. It is cheaper that's why they keep on using it. In other countries their government already controlled the use of fructose. I just don't know why they can't do it here in America.