Sugar poses enough health risks that it should be considered a controlled substance just like alcohol and tobacco.
Arguing that sugar leads to liver toxicity and chronic disease the researchers are not trying to hand out ration cards so you can have a monthly hit of chocolate, rather they argue that
[m]any of the interventions that have reduced alcohol and tobacco consumption can be models for addressing the sugar problem, such as levying special sales taxes, controlling access, and tightening licensing requirements on vending machines and snack bars that sell high sugar products in schools and workplaces.
When you put it like that, it doesn’t sound that horrible, or at least much more of requirement than some of the new menu labeling requirements that are coming soon to chain restaurants and vending machines near you thanks to health care reform. We’ve even discussed the over-consumption of sugar here at the Curvy Girl Guide.
We want to know what you think.
Angie Lynch is the founder and managing editor of the powerhouse women’s literary community, Smut Book Club. She is a Native Floridian without a tan, probably because she spends her days hard at work on the magical internet. For the past several years, Angie has worked way too hard at building clout as an influencer in food and margaritas as well as being a source for laughable pop culture commentary. You can read more from Angie on her blog, A Whole Lot of Nothing.