Is sugar worse than tobacco?By Cynthia Sass, MPH, RD
In a recent post I recommend limiting sugar, even from natural sources, because Americans are taking in far too much. But scientists from the University of California, San Francisco believe that sugar limits shouldn't be self-imposed. They want to see the sweet stuff regulated, much like alcohol and tobacco. According to their just-released report published in the journal Nature, excess is contributing to 35 million deaths worldwide each year, from diseases like diabetes, heart disease and cancer, an even greater burden on public health than infectious diseases.
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The researchers say sugar isn't as innocent as 'empty calories' (calories without any nutritional value) because in the amounts we currently eat, triple the average consumption 50 years ago, it's toxic, in that it ups blood pressure, damages the , and impacts hormones. The scientists believe the same regulations,Read More »from Is Sugar Worse Than Tobacco?