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Do we really need scientists to tell us how harmful sugar is? Yes, unfortunately. And here they are:
Researchers highlight strong links between sugar and chronic disease:
UCSF Launches Sugar Science Initiative
“The average American consumes nearly three times the recommended amount of added sugar every day, which is taking a tremendous toll on our nation’s health,” said Laura Schmidt, PhD, a UCSF professor in the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy and the lead investigator on the project. “This is the definitive science that establishes the causative link between sugar and chronic disease across the population.” Continue Reading…
Swedish science journalist Dr. Ann Fernholm has been very active in the sugar debate lately:
The extremely sugary products, which the industry is marketing with happy characters should be banned; foods that we’d never even let our pets eat, should not be sold as food for our children.
Here’s her great opinion piece at SVT Opinion translated from Swedish: Continue Reading →
The soda industry in the U.S. suffered a historical loss the other day. For the first time, a soda tax is imposed!
Berkeley, California, became the first city to vote, with great majority, in favor of introducing a tax that will make sodas noticeably more expensive:
This could be viewed as an insignificant event – Berkeley is a city of just 80,000 people, so who cares? But symbolically it’s a big thing. Similar proposals have on some 20 occasions been voted down in different cities in the U.S., after huge economic countermeasures from the soda industry, in the form of advertising.
Just in little Berkeley, the soda industry spent around 2 million dollars on TV and other advertisements to oppose the proposal. That’s almost $26 per person: during the Swedish election campaign in 2014, all the Swedish political parties combined spent $4.70 per person on advertisements. Per person, the soda industry spent five times more in Berkeley than all of the Swedish parties combined in an election year.
They must have bought up every single advertisement spot available. And yet they lost.
Now, experts think more cities in the U.S. will follow Berkeley’s example. And Mexico has already introduced a soda tax.
Some people think that there should be no taxes on anything, not even tobacco. Personally I disagree, but what I think doesn’t matter. What matters is that if we’re ok with taxing tobacco for health reasons we should certainly tax soda too.
Several people have told me about this anti-sugar rant from John Oliver recently, on Last Week Tonight. It’s pretty funny.
This spring I wrote about this exciting documentary, FED UP. Just from watching the trailer it was clear that this would be something extra. A documentary about the obesity epidemic, of highest quality, that doesn’t just put the blame on a lack of calorie counting and willpower in sick people (something that’s just sickening).
The documentary screened in theaters in the US during the summer and received consistently excellent reviews. It hasn’t shown in Sweden, but a couple of days ago it was released on DVD and finally I had a chance to watch it.
The movie is excellent and goes further than other previous major productions. It completely dismisses the sugar industry’s favorite idea that obesity just depends on calories. Instead, the blame is clearly put on the real culprit: sugar and addictive junk food.
Here’s the movie’s strengths… and its fatal weakness: Continue Reading →
Here’s a great new article about professor Robert Lustig’s continued battle against sugar:
I’ve received many emails about this: A Finnish couple is rowing across the Pacific Ocean in protest against sugar and other bad carbohydrates. Their “Fat Chance Row” goes from California to Hawaii, which they’re hoping to reach in August.
You won’t find any pasta-loading on this row – they are eating real food, such as “dried meat, nuts, coconut butter and dried fruit, things that will keep at high temperatures”.
The expedition’s webpage: Fatchancerow.org
The words “Fat Chance” are from the title of professor Robert Lustig’s book about the dangers of sugar. The expedition is done in collaboration with his recently-launched organization Institute for Responsible Nutrition.
This is where the couple is now:
What happens if you boil Coke?
Obviously, the sugar will be left on the bottom of the pot. But do you have any idea of how disgusting it looks? This charming Russian shows you. In just a few days his video has had more than 4 million views on YouTube.
Who wants a Coke after watching this video? Continue Reading →
Do you deserve to treat yourself to bad health today?
A new review of high-quality scientific studies shows yet again that sugar isn’t only bad for weight. Sugar is NOT just empty calories.
Sugar also has pronounced negative effects on health markers, such as blood pressure and blood lipids.
Here’s a four-minute video on sugar, movie script by Prof. Robert Lustig. In just a few weeks it’s had almost 200,000 views.
The video is short and simple – and mostly for beginners. But it’s worth four minutes.
I object to the over-simplification that fructose is a problem while glucose is the body’s best fuel. Glucose – in too large amounts and easily digestible forms – may also be a problem. And the video disregards the fact that fat is an excellent fuel with many advantages.
Fat and glucose – coming from real unprocessed food – are both good fuels for the body. Fat is a great basic fuel, that goes a long way. Glucose is a rocket fuel for peak performances. Continue Reading →
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