Sugar, The New Tobacco

Sugar, The New Tobacco.

Like the tobacco conglomerate, the food industry’s clout over government regulatory agencies is extraordinary, and this article from Reader’s Digest’s January 2017 issue, gives us a perspective that may not be all that surprising given the multibillion dollar sugar industry. Growing scientific evidence shows that consuming too much added sugar is linked to serious diseases, such as diabetes, heart and liver diseases. Liquid sugar, such as sodas, energy and sports drinks, is the leading single source of sugar in our diet. Sugar is also found in 74% of packaged foods sold in supermarkets, including many savoury foods or items marketed as “healthy.” There’s growing consensus that one of the most common types of sugar, fructose, is toxic to the liver, just like alcohol. Increasingly, scientists are focusing on a common set of underlying metabolic issues that raise people’s risk for chronic diseases (i.e., heart disease and diabetes), which are among the leading causes of death worldwide, and it turns out that eating too much sugar over the long-term is linked to many of these dysfunctions. Experts agree that some added sugar in the diet is usually fine. But the truth is, most are consuming way too much – for example, an American on average, consume nearly 66 pounds of added sugar per person, every year.

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