Sugar is as dangerous as alcohol and tobacco? Hold on here, let's talk about this.
*We know that sugar is generally bad and generates fat
*No one is controlling this industry
*Yet we should not regulate sugar like a controlled substance
We've all heard that sugar can make us fat. Here's how:
The body digests carbohydrates, protein, and fat through your stomach. All carbohydrates are converted to glucose, the most basic sugar. The body gives you energy from glucose.Excess glucose is released into your bloodstream, which triggers production of insulin. Insulin then helps the glucose find its way into your muscles in anticipation of future strenuous activity. Once the muscles are full, excess glucose is converted in saturated fat. Excess fat is then stored in the body, too.
Yes, sugar does literally make you fat. However, problems only arise when we over-consume and under-utilize, or if our digestion is defective. Controlling consumption is challenging because our brains love the endorphins and our mouths love the experience. Additionally, processed foods tend to conceal surprising amounts of sugar. Between impulses and sneaky sugars, Americans are consuming way too much.
Sugar is a major contributor to the obesity epidemic, and that's the problem.It is so concerning that researchers from UCSF & other institutions have gone on the record calling for the government to regulate sugar as it does alcohol. They argue that the government has made an impact by regulating alcohol, and should duplicate those results with sugar to save lives and reduce healthcare expenses. They forget that we all consciously put that sugar in our mouths, and most of us are aware that it is bad. I'm not defending the junk that is put into our food, but we usually choose what we eat.So who's ultimately responsible? We are!
While I appreciate the research and concerns being raised, the call for regulation is excessive. First off, enforcement efforts would be astronomically expensive. Second, there is this whole sticky bit about freedom. Third, education is far more effective than imposing morals on others. Fourth, regulation would open another health concern as artificial sweetener consumption would undoubtedly spike.
Education is the solution.When people understand their bodies and what's in their food, they make better choices. Knowledge is power, regulation is not. We will be much better served by comprehensive educational drives than being told what we can and cannot eat.