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    The Toxic Truth About Sugar

    Public health: The toxic truth about sugar

    An article today in the journal “Science” discusses the danger of sugar in the diet and makes the case for it to be taken off of the FDA's list of food additives that are “Generally Recognized as Safe”.


    Sugar can be harmful and should be regulated, article authors argue - latimes.com


    “.....in 2007, Americans consumed more than 600 calories' worth of added sugar each day. And the damage it does goes beyond supplying empty calories. In fact, it may not be excess fat that causes diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure,non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and other manifestations of metabolic syndrome – there’s scientific evidence that suggests sugar itself is to blame.”

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    I'm not buying it.
    I believe Americans are fat cause they drink coca cola, eat deep fried foods and have no healthy choices whenever they eat out.

    Thai people, in general, put sugar in almost everything they make (I hate the way they do their own pizza for example), yet are generally skinny, and healthy. They eat lots of veggies, rice, fish and add sugar to all of it.

    Besides, this is in the article: They are focused on added sugars, which they define as “any sweetener containing the molecule fructose that is added to food in processing.”

    So, the headline to this thread (and that article) is very misleading IMO.

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    Yawn, this 'article' has been doing the rounds for 20 years.

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    We have way too much added sugar in our diets, no question. Governments should tax it like tobacco & (in an ideal world) dope. They should tax chemical sugar substitutes too, that is just feeding peoples sugar addiction with something even worse.

    I weaned myself off added sugar quite a few years ago, although in Thailand I've gotten slacker. Felt better for it & lost weight. My sense of taste improved too.
    At the 'sharper' end of science, there is also credible evidence that added sugar is a tangible contributor to our cancer rates, and possibly even psychological/ behavioural issues.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sir Wilson View Post
    Yawn, this 'article' has been doing the rounds for 20 years.
    Yeah, maybe so, but Americans have become a LOT fatter in the past 20 years.
    maybe they should've taxed fructose.

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    Americans have to get fatter and bigger coz they got to carry bigger guns. Everybody's out to get them, and the protection of God is suspect.

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    When I read reports like the one above, I am amazed by how little “scientist” really understand about the connection between what we eat and how it effects our health. It appears more to be educated guesses than an understanding of cause and effect. This article lumps all sugars (fructose and sucrose) together. It does not differentiate between high fructose corn syrup and palm sugar.




    Palm sugars are what is typically used in Thai cooking.
    Although the names are used interchangeably, palm sugar and coconut sugar are not the same. One comes from the Palmyra Palm Tree (Borassus flabellifer) or Sugar Palm (Arenga pinnata) and the other from the Coconut Palm (Cocos nucifera), but both are produced from the sweet, watery sap that drips from cut flower buds. The palm sugar we get in Thailand could be any of the three. What is clear is that palm sugars are high in nutrients and also contain some anti-oxidants.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Borey the Bald View Post
    When I read reports like the one above, I am amazed by how little “scientist” really understand about the connection between what we eat and how it effects our health.
    Anti depressants have been a MEGA money spinner since they invented a condition to match the drug in the '50's.

    They still don't know how it works. They 'think' it works by bla bla bla.

    I can supply a link if it's important. From the Brit Psycho Soc. , not some dodgy website.


    Err, sorry. Psychologists and Quacks ARE dodgy.




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    The problem the US seems to have is not quite the amount of sugar it consumes but the type of sugar that it is consuming. In most countries its sucrose from beet or cane sugar that is used, however in the US for political reasons its high fructose syrup which is manufactured from maze.

    The primary issue with fructose is that excess calories get turning in to visceral fat coating your internal organs, rather than under your skin. There is a particularly strong correlation between the percentage of your body which is visceral fat and obesity related illness.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sabang View Post
    We have way too much added sugar in our diets, no question. Governments should tax it like tobacco & (in an ideal world) dope. They should tax chemical sugar substitutes too, that is just feeding peoples sugar addiction with something even worse.

    I weaned myself off added sugar quite a few years ago, although in Thailand I've gotten slacker. Felt better for it & lost weight. My sense of taste improved too.
    At the 'sharper' end of science, there is also credible evidence that added sugar is a tangible contributor to our cancer rates, and possibly even psychological/ behavioural issues.
    liver fat and all that. moderation rules.

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    High Fructose Corn Syrup is the most common sweetener used as a food additive in the US. A recent Princeton University study Princeton University - A sweet problem: Princeton researchers find that high-fructose corn syrup prompts considerably more weight gain indicates that it causes more weight gain than other sweeteners.

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    Its the Marketing arm of theDiet and Dentistry biz

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    Quote Originally Posted by sabang
    We have way too much added sugar in our diets,
    Couldn't agree more Sab ,, just cut open one of those factory made Apple pies , jeez mabe you will find a couple of tiny bits of something resembling apple but about 90% sugary glue running out all over the plate

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    ^that's discustarding.

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    Nothing wrong with pure proper sugar. Aspartame (Ecoli feces) and other alternatives are damaging to the body!

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    Quote Originally Posted by david44 View Post
    Its the Marketing arm of theDiet and Dentistry biz
    It's all a overwhelming racket.

    Diet, health practices, and the medical industries.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fiddler View Post

    Thai people, in general, put sugar in almost everything they make (I hate the way they do their own pizza for example), yet are generally skinny, and healthy. They eat lots of veggies, rice, fish and add sugar to all of it.
    You really should take a look around. There are plenty of fat Thais these days. Things are changing fast. I really doubt that sugar was an original ingredient in Thai food. Just look at Esarn food, there's really no sugar in it at all. Somtam Pla Ra, the most popular Thai food has none but the Somtam Thai does have it. The stir-fried central Thai foods are the ones with the sugar. Up here in Esarn people don't go for all the sweet foods. In the past, no one had money for it. Just in recent years with more money to waste kicking around the snacks have really come on heavy but its the little kids who are eating them. The older folks have little interest in the stuff.


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    I was listening to a news story on the radio the other day about a new healthier sugar that is being developed in Australia. Maybe someone who can be bothered could look it up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Fresh Prince View Post
    I was listening to a news story on the radio the other day about a new healthier sugar that is being developed in Australia. Maybe someone who can be bothered could look it up.
    Probably synthetic and promoted to be a sugar/sweetener substitute.

    Been the fashion in the "developed" West for a time now, they just change the dynamics here and there as populations become wise to that particular scam.

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