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Paulette Delcourt: Sugar Could Very Well Kill You

It's not as much of a stretch as you think; sugar may be as toxic as tobacco.

One of my first physicians was also the most memorable.

His nurse would usher me into the exam room to take my vitals, and within a few minutes Dr. Comrie would come in for my exam, close the door, sit down and light a cigarette. He would perch over my chart like a wise owl as he took down my symptoms, his burning Pall Mall marking time with a growing length of tenuously dangling gray ash.

He treated me for asthma and recommended my mother quit smoking in the house. She didn’t.

My dad was also a terrible allergy sufferer and insisted the windows in the car, and in the house, were closed at all times to keep pollen out. Puffs of my mom’s swirling Pall Mall smoke disappeared into our seats, curtains, walls and carpets—and our lungs.

The relationship between smoking and disease had long been firmly established when I left home to live on my own, and since then, smoking and all of its pernicious effects has been legislated away and sin-taxed to a mitigated level.

In the 1990s fat consumption became the health demon of choice. Anything labeled low-fat was considered a healthy choice. There was a catch to removing fat from foods: remove the fat, remove the flavor.

That’s when food manufacturers decided to add sugar to just about everything we eat, from spaghetti sauce to hot dog buns.

One hundred years ago, a typical American would eat a pound or two of sugar every year. Now, the average American eats about 130 pounds of sugar a year.  As a point of reference, a very healthy 5-foot-8-inch Katy Perry revealed she weighs 130 pounds, and as slim as she is, there’s no doubt she doesn’t eat much sugar at all.

As another point of reference, there’s a toddler in China who weighs 132 pounds. I wonder what the stroller looks like.

Sugar, unlike other foods, stimulates the brain the same way cocaine does. It’s addictive. We start this addiction early.

In baby formula, sugars are defined as “corn solids.” As a rule of thumb, it’s probably not a good idea to feed an infant anything that isn’t grown on vine or stalk. The day I take the kids to a farm to pick corn solids, we’ll eat them (whatever they are).

Sugar consumption is associated with obesity, diabetes, heart disease, mood disorders and even global warming. 

It’s not such a stretch. The more addicted we are to sugar, the higher the demand for sugar and the processed foods they flavor. The higher the demand is for these foods, the greater the production. Increased production leads to increased transportation (fuel) and energy expenditure.

Let’s not forget all the shiny food wrappers and plastic bottles that end up in landfills.

Eat less sugar, save the world—and yourself.

Mr.Ethics April 04, 2012 at 09:37 PM
and a late great crooner once sang "Too much love can kill you just as sure as none at all."
Deke April 04, 2012 at 11:04 PM
Oh, come on now. Attributing "global warming" to sugar consumption? Higher demand for any kind of food will lead to higher energy consumption in order to satisfy the demand -- whether through increased consumption of fossil fuels by farm equipment or increased use of fuels for transporting the product to market. Even raw vegetables have to be transported to market somehow.
robert poznanski April 05, 2012 at 02:35 PM
Read the labels! High fructose corn syrup is in "everything!" When you make your own salad dressing, do you add corn syrup? When you make your own pasta sauce, do you add sugar?Everything seems to have sugar added, why? Because this is how they have hooked the American pallet! People will always go for the "sweetened" product in taste testing! So, this is where we are at! With higher levels of obesity,diabetes,and cancers, that are a result, of to high of a sugar intake! Make your own foodstuffs! Your body will thank you, and you can control, somewhat, what you eat! Stay away from "processed "foods!
Paulette Delcourt April 14, 2012 at 05:07 AM
First of all, it's humor. Secondly, this is why locally grown food is so very important!
Paulette Delcourt April 14, 2012 at 05:09 AM
You definitely have to read labels on everything! What is happening to our food supply is an outrage. One could even argue it's a form of control because sugar is addictive to the point that it actually stimulates the pleasure centers of the brain the way cocaine does. Crazy.

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