The Sugar Wars
Sugar and the Battle For the World's Health
Comparisons are frequently made between the early days of the battle against tobacco and the intensifying campaign against the effects of sugar. The comparison is, perhaps a little exaggerated, as bad though sugar may be, tobacco is surely much worse.
Sugar, too, is addictive and its effects can ultimately kill you. We like it from the day we are born and that liking never goes away. However much sugar we have, we always soon want some more. It is everywhere. Not just in the obvious places, the foods and drinks that are sweet. Added sugar is also in places where we do not expect to find it. In pizzas, hot dogs, sauces. Canned foods of all kinds. Bread, cereal bars, breakfast cereals. It´s been calculated that sugar is in about 80% of the manufactured goods sold in supermarkets.
It is not surprising that the percentage of people who have become overweight, or even obese, is so high. Surrounded by a product that we are addicted to from birth. It is hard to get away from, even if we try so hard! Manufacturers of the myriad products containing sugar are expert at tempting us.
Perhaps, we should not (really) blame manufacturers. They do their job, as they should. The blame for the lack of action sits firmly with governments. It is up to them to put the necessary regulations in place. Whatever the pressures from business.
Doctors, Researchers and Sugar
The (possible) problems with consuming sugar are not likely to disappear from view. There are many doctors and researchers working world-wide on the problem, as well as respected journalists who seem to have become specialists in just one subject. Sugar!
As often happens when there are entrenched sides in an important dispute, it is becoming increasingly difficult to get a clear picture. Is sugar really responsible for the overweight and obesity epidemic world-wide? If sugar is responsible, is it as catastrophic as some researchers and doctors say? There is a lack of a convincing answer to those who maintain that the whole problem is due to lack of exercise. See here.
Some of the main players in the anti-sugar crusade are shown here. Shown first is John Yudkin, a British physiologist and nutritionist. He discovered the the evil effects on the human body of sugar decades before anyone else. He was appallingly treated by the food industry and by some other researchers, who wanted to blame everything on saturated fat.