Nothing new, but worth reading to be reminded of the sugar lobby’s tactics:
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The fantastic Dr. Aseem Malhotra was on Australia’s Lateline show recently. He keeps up the brave fight against the disinformation from Big Sugar about “balanced diets” and exercise. There is zero need for added sugar in a balanced diet.
Dr. Malhotra may soon take the title of Big Sugar’s enemy #1 from Professor Robert Lustig.
At the same time, Dr. Malhotra’s recent paper – the one saying that “you cannot outrun a bad diet” – that started his publicity tour seems to have been censored. It’s “temporarily removed following an expression of concern”.
I wonder who is “concerned”. Who could possibly be concerned about telling people the truth about the dangers of junk food?
Here’s an entertaining video, in which Coca-Cola’s European president is hard pressed by a British journalist. Even though he’s media-trained he gets thrown way off track.
The Coca-Cola president is desperately trying to move away from the comparison with tobacco. You will always need to eat and drink, while you don’t have to smoke, he says. True. But as the beginning of the video makes clear, there’s also no need for a single gram of added sugar from Coca Cola either! It’s completely lacking in nutritional value and only contributes excess energy in the midst of an obesity epidemic.
In short: Each Coca Cola you drink makes you fatter.
In the introduction of the segment the impressive and eloquent Dr. Aseem Malholtra is interviewed. He attended the LCHF conference in South Africa in February.
What do you think about the Coca-Cola clip above? Is the journalist being unnecessarily harsh and hard on the president, or is he getting what he deserves? Is he trying to wriggle out of his responsibility for the obesity and disease that his company is spreading?
Yet another example of how the sugar industry is trying to hinder efficient dietary guidelines and legislation. According to a report the person who is probably the UK’s foremost advisor on obesity issues has received funding from the sugar industry:
Why does the UK do so little to reduce the consumption of added sugar, an expert in the article wonders. Yes, why?
This week’s least surprising piece of news? In an article in More Mayo Clinic Proceedings American scientists are arguing that we have to cut down on fructose (i.e. sugar) to avoid getting diabetes:
Good news! For every year that passes, fewer and fewer people are drinking soda and now it’s starting to hurt the soda giants.
The biggest one, Coca-Cola, has until now managed by just for example cutting back on their advertising. But now they have to let thousands go.
It’s always sad when people lose their jobs. But hopefully they can find something better than pushing sugar water – that fewer and fewer want – in the midst of an obesity epidemic.
Soda drinking is not only bad for weight, teeth and health. It has also become deeply unfashionable.
What happens if you drink 10 Cokes a day for a month? Everyone probably realizes that you’ll gain weight, but not everyone knows how much you can gain in just one month!
Nothing makes you fat as fast as soda.
On a more inspiring note, read how George from the experiment above next goes on a “zero-carb diet” to lose his soda pounds. It seems to be working well: www.10cokesaday.com.
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 →