By Melinda Carstensen, SELF magazine
You know consuming too much sugar can be detrimental to your health, but now, some researchers are suggesting it's so harmful that the government should regulate it as heavily as alcohol and tobacco -- and even put a tax on it.
Like alcohol, sugar affects your blood pressure, metabolism and liver, argues Dr. Robert Lustig, endocrinology director of the Weight Assessment for Teen and Child Health Program at the University of California at San Francisco.
"It can also suppress the hormones in our bodies that tell us we have eaten enough, thereby leading to overeating and craving for more sugar. It also, like alcohol, affects the 'pleasure center' of the brain and makes you consume more," Dr. Lustig tells HealthySELF.
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So why should the government tax sugar? In an opinion piece published in the Feb. 1 edition of the journal Nature, Lustig and colleagues argue that value-added taxes
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