Sugar Should Be Regulated As A Toxin

258px-Sucre_blanc_cassonade_complet_rapaduraPersonally I’d prefer to see the likes of aspartame, saccharin, sucralose and the other artificial sweeteners outlawed (not to mention the ubiquitous High-Fructose Corn Syrup) … From Live Science via Yahoo News:

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…

[continues at Live Science via Yahoo News]


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28 Comments on "Sugar Should Be Regulated As A Toxin"

  1. Great more regulations by governments on personal choice, more increases in food prices, what exactly are they doing to remedy the cause of these issues among others? Nothing, just taking it out on the average person as usual.

    • Steve Savanna | Feb 4, 2012 at 1:18 am |

      The average person is overweight or obese and is going to bankrupt our country in a few short decades when they’re health problems reach a climax.

      • So….. What? That’s your issue, tell those fatties to get off the pork life and get some park life. Tell your government to stop wasting trillions of dollars on killing people and start taking care of its citizens. Do you serious believe an increase in food taxes for foods with higher or added suger content is going to save your economy? How about increasing the cost of fast foods and shit foods and using that increase to lower the cost of healthy food? More regulations on our over regulated society is not a solution.

  2. I don’t know… whole wheat bread has a higher Glycemic Index (impact on blood sugar) than pure cane sugar. 

    Maybe we ought to ban wheat too, while we’re at it.

    • While this is true, the toxic part of the sugar is the 50% fructose. Wheat bread is a starch made of only glucose(as the energy component) with no fructose.

  3. If this keeps up, we’ll be flying a new flag that depicts a sponge (found in the sea, not for cleaning), as we’ll have as much ability to move as one.

  4. DeepCough | Feb 3, 2012 at 10:52 pm |

    Great, a bunch o’ people get diabeetus, and we all gotta pay the consequences.

    • Anarchy Pony | Feb 4, 2012 at 12:30 am |

      “There’s no link between diet and diabetes, Ken. It’s a white myth, like Larry Byrd or Colorado.” Tracy Jordan, 30 Rock.

  5. Please.  Absolutely preposterous.  There are thousands of food products that will cause health issues when consumed in crazy-ass quantities.  We can’t declare them all toxic.  Let’s spend our time and dollars on nutrition education and in promoting exercise. 

    • Steve Savanna | Feb 4, 2012 at 1:17 am |

      Theres a strong argument detailing why sugar can be considered a “poison”. Spending our money on education and exercise promotion is what we’ve been doing. Is it working? Epidemic isn’t even the right word to describe our country’s obesity statistics. Tobacco isn’t all that harmful in small quantities, but obviously it deserves regulation, due to its addictive properties and enormous negative health consequences. We need drastic changes to curtail a drastic problem

      • MoralDrift | Feb 4, 2012 at 8:25 am |

        come on dude. This isnt going to fix it…yes legislate and regulate good behavior works so well with drugs! 

      • brent's polemics | Feb 4, 2012 at 7:36 pm |

        Yes, yes, yes…because sugar, you know, hasn’t been available until very recently. Yes, we eat too much of it, but do you? Do I? I’d like to have some sugar every once in a while, and I’d like to decide when “every once in a while” is on my own, thank you very much. Get the government out of our lives — all of it, e.g. the bedroom, our paychecks, our kitchens, our EVERYTHING.

  6. Terence McKenna outlined the case for treating refined sugar as a drug in his ‘Food of the Gods’ back in the mid 90s

    • Monkey See Monkey Do | Feb 4, 2012 at 1:19 am |

      He definetley showed how the line between a food product and pure psycho-active can be blurred, usually to promote a social behaviour that authorities want. The same can be said with caffiene being added to many ‘food’ and ‘beverage’ products.

  7. Drewhempel | Feb 4, 2012 at 1:03 am |  I have 115 distinctly different links that I posted on this topic for my “Coca Cola Conspiracy” thread at ATS.  All I can say is there’s a hell of mind control going on around this topic – so dig in.

    • Remember Sugar | Feb 4, 2012 at 5:38 pm |

      Why not just post this: 
      Essentially fructose is digested as 30% fat — directly by the liver. At the same time there is no pancreas insulin reaction so the fructose is a poison for the liver creating hypertension and diabetes and also plaque for heart disease. Finally fructose does not activate leptin so your brain never gets the message that you are full and so your brain thinks you are starving while your body is putting on fat! 

    • aww you beat me to the link on that lecture, oh well, it got double posted

      Edit: oh wait, this is a different lecture by the same guy

  8. truth hurts | Feb 4, 2012 at 3:25 am |

    carbon taxes… again… everyone knows sugar is literally pure carbon that your body craves because it gives you instant energy. (or don’t they teach that in grade school anymore?) the problem is when you sit on your ass instead of burning off that energy. so taxing sugar is taxing carbon… lol. and you guys thought it was just a tax on pollution… we are the pollution to the elite… gonna have to get used to this sort of thing… or fight back

  9. CommonSense | Feb 4, 2012 at 5:32 pm |

    Make sugar and all other drugs eighteen-plus, and then tax the hell out of them. Parents found distributing it to their children would be held accountable in a court of law. Why can’t we live in that world? 

    • brent's polemics | Feb 4, 2012 at 7:33 pm |

      How about you let those who can’t control themselves and children suffer the consequences of their actions? In the meantime, I’ll make sure not to eat too much sugar and its substitutes, and you can, too. That’s a far more palatable world to live in. Or must we care about others’ children to such an extent that we value our lives and theirs so much that life is no longer worth living?

  10. Advocate21 | Feb 4, 2012 at 5:41 pm |

    WHAT THE FUCK! Everything has “High-Fructose Corn Syrup” instead of sugar anyways! THAT IS THE PROBLEM!!!! NOT SUGAR!!!  Is everyone retarded or something? 

  11. brent's polemics | Feb 4, 2012 at 7:30 pm |

    The smart money says these researchers are on take, and that Big Artificial Sweetener and Big High Fructose Corn Syrup is well into their coordinated lobbying effort to put their biggest competition out o business. Welcome to the lawless clusterfuck of state capitalism, fascism and communism-socialism known as today’s United States.

    • brent's polemics | Feb 4, 2012 at 7:31 pm |

      “*are* well into their…”

      “…out *of* business. …”

      damn typos…


    All you need to know about this issue. When you hear the statistic that says High Fructose Corn Syrup is not bad for you because its no worse than sugar; this explains it. Yes, that is technically true, but that is because table sugar is bad for you, not because HFCS is okay.

    Truth be told, it is not “sugar” that is a poison, but that half of it known as Fructose.  Other carbohydrates, such as starches are high density glucose(our main energy source, used in every cell in the body), giving it high energy density, but is not as bad for you, because it is free of the Fructose.

    If you don’t watch it, I’ll paraphrase a quote from it that explains it pretty well. After explaining that fructose is only processed in the liver, he asks “what substances that enter the body, can only be processed in the liver.” When viewed from this lens, the only viable answer is Toxins (Alcohol comes to mind).

  13. Between the ‘save you from yourself’ mommystate left and the ‘save you from hell’ fatherland right…there isn’t much you can do in this life that doesn’t send someone into paroxysms of dismay…

    …so fuck em all and do as thou wilt.

  14. the fluoride in your drinking water is worse for you this is bullshit!

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