Toxic Sugar: Some Doctors Suggest Taxing Sugar, Others Disagree

By on Feb 7, 2012 in Food, Health Comments

Sugar is toxic and should be taxed and regulated like alcohol, some US researchers reportedly said on Thursday, February 2, 2012.

According to reports, doctors form the University of California, San Francisco said in a commentary published in an issue of the journal Nature that the increasing global rates of major killers such as type 2 diabetes and heart diseases are not caused by obesity as commonly thought. Instead, obesity is just a marker of those health problems, and sugar is the true culprit.

Dr. Robert Lustig, Laura Schmidt and Claire Brindis suggested taxing “added sugar” – any sweetener containing fructose that is added to food in processing, including sugar-sweetened beverages and sugared cereal.

“We recognize that societal intervention to reduce the supply and demand for sugar faces an uphill political battle against a powerful sugar lobby,” they said on their commentary.

Meanwhile, the American Beverage Association reportedly responded to the commentary thru their website saying: “We believe providing more options — not taking them away — is a better solution to help parents and individuals choose beverages that are right for them and their families.”

Furthermore, Dr. Arya Sharma of the Canadian Obesity Network was quoted as saying: “I don’t think we can bring the whole question about obesity down to a simple substance like people eating too much sugar.”

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