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Sugar Is A Worse Toxin Than Tobacco


black-background-pile-of-sugar-pour-spoon-of-salt_3302033Sugar is a worse toxin than tobacco?

Not really but that’s what the media wants you to believe.

Just when it appeared sanity had dodged a bullet in New York when a judge dismissed the mayor’s move to ban the sale and consumption of large-sized soft drinks – all in the name of defending our children. See previous post on Mayor Bloomberg’s anti-soda push.

Now this comes along.

As reported in Advertising Age sugar is being fingered as “public enemy #1” when it comes to America’s obesity problem.

Sugar, along with many other specific foods, restaurants and ingredients, has been under attack by food police groups  and the news media for years, seeking to turn it into the next tobacco.

It has been portrayed as a “toxin” by CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta on CBS “60 Minutes” and has often been blamed for the nation’s obesity problem. Most recently, MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski called it “poison.” Soda taxation has been a favorite of the liberal media as well and was called “good for the waistline and the bottom line” on CBS.

Pardon me but sugar, salt and wheat have been around for a lot longer than CNN, CBS or Mika Brzezinski. Do these people seriously believe that regulating an ingredient like sugar will miraculously eradicate obesity? Apparently so…and heaven help us.

Ad Age mentioned attempts by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) as well as the “media noise over New York Times reporter Michael Moss’ recently released book, ‘Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us’.” CSPI has been relentless in its war on soda in particular, including a lawsuit against 7Up in 2006. CSPI has also launched annual attacks on chain restaurant menu items and in the past campaigned against salt, produce, bread, eggs, wine, beer, milk and more. Eggs and produce? Seriously?

“CSPI never met a regulation or tax it did not love,” wrote Business and Media Institute adviser Dr. Elizabeth M. Whelan. “How to solve the obesity crisis? Tax soda, ban its sale in schools, mandate that restaurants carry detailed nutrition labels on menus, and sue McDonald’s for luring children …” So that’s where Mayor Bloomberg found his “defend the children” mantra.

At least the Ad Age story admitted the connections between sugar and obesity aren’t as clear as anti-sugar activists would have you believe. “Despite watchdog groups and armchair nutritionists posted their theories on Facebook, the truth is there’s relatively little research and data drawing direct lines from sugar to obesity and diabetes — and when connections are made, the relationship is complex.”

The world is in turmoil, the tepid economy of the last 6 years has long-term implications on our society and sugar is our problem? Seems like our priorities are upside down.

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