Sugar industry denies links between sugars and obesity

Sunday, October 24, 2004
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Given everything we now know to be true about sugar and high-fructose corn syrup, I find it absolutely stunning that the sugar industry continues to deny any link whatsoever between the consumption of sugar and chronic diseases like obesity and diabetes. The sugar industry says that sugar is a completely healthy food, that there's no such thing as an unhealthy food, and that sugar can be part of a healthy diet. I disagree strongly with that.

Saying that sugar is part of a healthy diet is sort of like saying that crack cocaine should be part of your medicine chest. It's not that far-fetched, actually: Coca-Cola contained cocaine for decades following its introduction in the 1800's. Not surprisingly, patients got hooked on the product rather easily. Today, Coca-Cola still uses coca leaves, which are imported into the United States from South America, and which are subjected to a process that removes their cocaine content. The big question in my mind is, frankly, what is Coca-Cola doing with all this extra cocaine produced as a by-product of manufacturing its soft drinks? Is there some sort of cocaine recycling program being run by Coca-Cola that we haven't heard about yet?

The way I see it, there are some foods that bring you into balance, and there are other foods and food ingredients that take you out of balance. Sugar is quite obviously one of the ingredients that takes you out of balance. Even one teaspoon of sugar a day or one teaspoon a week takes you out of balance from what would have otherwise been a perfectly healthy day or week. The sugar industry says there's no such thing an unhealthy food... I say there's no such thing as a healthy person who eats any amount of sugar, because consuming sugar in any form, in any quantity, takes you away from the health you could otherwise experience.

What will future historians think of all this?

I think someday the history books will look back with great curiosity at our modern society. They will wonder how we could have been so blind to the massive chronic disease we have given ourselves by switching from home-gardened and home-cooked foods at the turn of the 20th century to a system of processed, refined foods, where all the nutrition is essentially stripped away and processed carbohydrates are packaged, flavored up, and enhanced with chemicals like MSG, aspartame and sodium nitrite in order to convince consumers to buy them.

Our generation, I think, will be judged harshly. What we're doing today will be looked at as a form of insanity, and someday it will be obvious to everyone that all the problems we have with violence and crime and ADHD and overcrowded prisons and mental disorders is mostly due to the consumption of sugars. This will be obvious. This will be common sense. Heck, even doctors may figure it out someday.

Doctors and scientists of the future will throw up their hands in wonder at how our modern society could have pursued this dietary path for so long, and yet remained so blind to the widespread damage we were causing to ourselves and to each other. And once those future historians learned that we actually installed vending machines in public schools that would allow students to buy soft drinks so that they could go into class and disrupt our learning institutions with aggressive behavior and exhibit learning disabilities and mental disorders like ADHD, these future historians will just shake their heads in disbelief. They might even assign our present-day era a name like "The Madness Ages."

See, we had the Dark Ages, and we had the Industrial Revolution, and now today we have the Madness Ages, where basically the whole population is nutritionally depleted and people are going mad in record numbers, and two-thirds of the nation is overweight, and yet all we do is dose each other up with prescription drugs rather than looking at the fundamental problem of sugar, nutrition, processed foods, fast foods, junk foods, and the need of the human body to have fresh, living foods on a daily basis as part of its diet. If that's not madness, nothing is.

Welcome to the Madness Ages.

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About the author: Mike Adams is an award-winning journalist and holistic nutritionist with a strong interest in personal health, the environment and the power of nature to help us all heal He has authored more than 1,800 articles and dozens of reports, guides and interviews on natural health topics, and he is well known as the creator of popular downloadable preparedness programs on financial collapse, emergency food storage, wilderness survival and home defense skills. Adams is a trusted, independent journalist who receives no money or promotional fees whatsoever to write about other companies' products. In 2010, Adams created, a natural living video sharing site featuring thousands of user videos on foods, fitness, green living and more. He's also a noted pioneer in the email marketing software industry, having been the first to launch an HTML email newsletter technology that has grown to become a standard in the industry. Adams is currently the executive director of the Consumer Wellness Center, a 501(c)3 non-profit, and pursues hobbies such as martial arts, Capoeira, nature macrophotography and organic gardening. Known as the 'Health Ranger,' Adams' personal health statistics and mission statements are located at

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