Should sugar be regulated like alcohol and cigarettes?
Sugar is now contributing to 35 million deaths a year. Is refined sugar a drug?
I don't think so. There may well be issues with sugar, but I think that continued educational efforts, not regulation, is indicated.
Should Girl Scout cookies be criminalized, pies be banned, or Grandma be considered a pusher when she bakes a chocolate cake?
great answer ... food is expensive enough without more taxation
I don't think that sugar should be regulated like cigarettes and alcohol. In Nutrition, we say that everything should be eaten in moderation. For parents who do not understand the importance of moderating their children's diets, they need to understand that too much of anything is not good. So just like unhealthy fats, salts and junk food, the sugar should be moderated in the diet. Also, a variety of foods should be eaten to get a well balanced nutrition for the body.
Good question ptosis. I think the response to it is similiar to a drug, caffeine is a drug but no regulation there- how much regulation do we need? Have you ever seen the movie Demolition Man? A fun but perfect example of overregulation.
Sugar, trans fat, next would be sodium and salt - there goes pizza. Additives, soda pop with all the coloring. It opens the door for the government in our lives at every turn.
35 million deaths a year - I would have to know their method of gathering information and how it was compiled. Unfortunately statistics can be skewed in any direction to support the desired results.
We live in an area that has a vermiculite mine. Asbestosis runs rampant in this town - but when you see statistics they attribute many deaths to the asbestos, that is not asbestos related such as heart attacks. But they skew it because it keeps the federal funding coming in. So I am always leery of studies or statistics until I know how they arrive at their numbers.
Good question, got my brain working early today
Sugar might be responsible for deaths, just like alcohol and cigarettes, but they are not the main cause of deaths. They are just tools. Our downfall is our lack of discipline. We should know better. Our minds are stronger than our wants and desires but our society has taken on the thought of "If you want it, go get it". This is the last thing we should do. Regulate ourselves, not have others regulate you. It shows that you are intelligent and can handle what anyone, even you, dishes out. Discipline = A sign of true strength.
i am SICK of the "government" trying to protect me from myself.
Sugar is a necessary part of the human diet (if you want to be healthy.) I've researched different kinds of sugar (high fructose, glucose, ect.) and have come to the conclusion that people know absolutely nothing about it. Sugar is just like politics. Everyone thinks they know everything while in reality, no one knows much of anything except what they want to believe. It's not something that should be regulated until we properly understand it. I'm not arguing that it doesn't cause deaths or is always good for you, because excessive amounts clearly are not good for you. I would just want to see some more concrete evidence before it's regulated.
I do not believe that it should. There is no reason for it. The government should also not be aloud to tell us what we can and can't consume, food-wise. It is just wrong.
People need to be better educated on the subject. Most children today probably think that bad dental health is the only side effect. The dental side of sugar is drummed into us so much but the rest seems to be overlooked in comparison. I would consider refined sugar a drug because it is both addictive and unhealthy.
I have seen so many drinks and foods boasting only a minor percentage of our RDA in calories and yet containing a third (for example) of our RDA of sugar. 'Balanced diet' is not the phrase in mind.
by P. Kaevas 9 months ago
Is it legal to ask donations for yourself?Im wondering if its possible to earn money out of donations from others? if the money is for your own use?
by James Smith 6 years ago
. . . hang around long enough to talk about how much of an idiot Rick Santorum is and then disappear when asked to provide principles they believe in. It's not enough any more! So tell me, my lefty friends, when you have your gay marriage and abortion rights, what do you believe in?
by Kathryn L Hill 3 years ago
Why is it such a problem with our youth today. Why? Haven't we seen enough of the consequences of drug use which began in the sixties? Anyone can reason that drugs detrimentally affect the BRAINS in our head which are connected to a very strong yet sensitive NERVOUS SYSTEM! How many people do I...
by NJ Blake 6 years ago
Where does personal responsibility begin? The news is full of talk about government regulation and/or intervention - not surprising since it's an election year, but where should the line be drawn? Tobacco, alcohol, recreational drugs and birth control are all subject to some kind of regulation due...
by Ralph Deeds 8 years ago
The foreign policy establishment, for the most part including the New York Times editorial page, has called our military activities in Afghanistan a "necessary war," in contrast to our invasion of Iraq. Recently, comments about our military efforts in Afghanistan are becoming more...
by Deb Hirt 5 years ago
Who believes that happiness is strictly spiritual and that it can be long term?What are your experiences?
Copyright © 2018 HubPages Inc. and respective owners. Other product and company names shown may be trademarks of their respective owners. HubPages® is a registered Service Mark of HubPages, Inc. HubPages and Hubbers (authors) may earn revenue on this page based on affiliate relationships and advertisements with partners including Amazon, Google, and others.
|HubPages Device ID||This is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.|
|Login||This is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.|
|HubPages Traffic Pixel||This is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.|
|Remarketing Pixels||We may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.|
|Conversion Tracking Pixels||We may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.|