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SHOULD SUGAR BE BANNED?

Updated on November 27, 2012

HERE'S WHAT I THINK

Sugar should be banned.

Sugar should be banned because it's obvious people can't control their use of sugar. We need the government to control sugar by outlawing it completely, or heavily tax it to discourage people from buying it. It should be regulated just like alcohol. It's clear that we have a huge obesity epidemic and diabetes has skyrocketed in the United States. Some scientists think that sugar is the cause. They are even calling sugar a toxin, not just to our pancreas but to our whole body.

If sugar consumption were restricted, things would be better... Or maybe not. You tell me what you think!

Pictured Above: Salt River Valley Sugar Cane Field, Arizona, Circa 1915

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YOUR TURN! - Should sugar be restricted or made illegal?

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Which U.S. Political Parties Support or Oppose a Ban on Sugar?

Democratic Party

President Obama supports the soda tax. See this article: Soda Tax May Have Obama's Support

Michelle Obama publicly speaks about fighting the war on obesity. She thinks that Mayor Bloomberg's New York City Sugary Drink Proposal is fine.

Republican Party

I haven't found any information on whether Mitt Romney backs the soda ban. I will update this page if I find any information. If you know about their political stance on this, please comment in the guestbook below.

Libertarian Party

The libertarian party platform believes in the individual right to freedom above all else. This includes the freedom to do drugs. Therefore, sugar would not be banned or regulated under their platform. Here are a couple of quotes from their party platform:

"We favor the repeal of all laws creating "crimes" without victims, such as the use of drugs for medicinal or recreational purposes."

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"We hold that all individuals have the right to exercise sole dominion over their own lives, and have the right to live in whatever manner they choose, so long as they do not forcibly interfere with the equal right of others to live in whatever manner they choose."

Gary Johnson is the 2012 United States Presidential Candidate for the Libertarian Party.

NATURAL ALTERNATIVES TO SUGAR - Stevia, Honey, Maple Syrup, Blue Agave

MORE SUGAR SUBSTITUTES - Splenda and Xylitol are popular.

SUGAR: THE BITTER TRUTH - Viral YouTube Video

People are concerned about obesity and diabetes! This lecture by Robert Lustig went viral!

GOT SOMETHING ELSE TO SAY? - Don't be shy!

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      niquellewright 4 years ago

      I really like this one. It has given me several idea for my next few lenses.

      And people really need to learn what sugar is doing to their bodies. Some will still smoke and some will still consume sugar, but they should at least be exposed to the information.

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      Eric Mayo 4 years ago

      I only have have one addiction and it's sugar. As bad as sugar is, artificial sweeteners are poison. I'll stick with sugar. Great lens!

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      fathomblueEG 5 years ago

      We should ban processed foods and soda pop made with artificial ingredients and high fructose corn syrup and get back to natural foods. We also need to educate people and especially children on healthy eating and self control and portion size.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      As someone who USED to be pre-diabetic I work hard to live a balanced lifestyle and resist the temptations for the sake of my health and to be a good role model for my daughter... BUT you'd have to pry the occasional ice cream or donut out of my Cold Dead Hands! I'm a human being who can make decisions for myself, who understands the consequences of my actions and who takes full responsibility for what I put in my own body. Take away people's rights to make their own choices and you've got a much more serious problem on your hands than sugar.

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      Sherry Venegas 5 years ago from La Verne, CA

      I watched the video above. Now I say, yes let's ban fructose. Let's ban sugar. I am limiting my sugar intake today.

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      RuthCoffee 5 years ago

      While I didn't vote to ban, I have to agree sugar (esp. because of our excess) is a serious health threat. I disagree with those that say it's just high fructose corn syrup. There are far too many studies that link other health problems to refined sugar, honey, agava nectar, starchy things, etc. Our bodies don't really recognize the difference. It's even been linked to Alzheimers.

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      blancaverome 5 years ago

      Congrats on having a purple star! This is a very controversial lens, but I suppose you meant it to be. :) I think the main issue is that people need to limit the bad food they eat, including sugar. It's not the only problem, though!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Oh freedom! You had fun with this issue and are one brave person to even whisper that sugar be banned or illegal...good for you and congratulations on making us think beyond our few moments here...and on that purple star!

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      Ellen Gregory 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Sugar has been around hundreds of years and in the past there was no obesity epidemic. People need to moderate their intake. I do agree that soda should not be an option in elemetary school lunchrooms.

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      Titia Geertman 5 years ago from Waterlandkerkje - The Netherlands

      Well, you certainly know how to stir up people LOL I gave my opinion for what it's worth. Banning wouldn't help a bit. Then they should as well ban all the fat that's used for cooking too. I don't believe in banning, I do believe in education. The portions of food you get in the USA are far too big, I could eat a whole week from one serving in a restaurant or diner.

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      melissiaoliver 5 years ago

      Hmm... if you're really keen on banning sugar, I would remove the Amazon links to the 'artificial sweeteners'. If you think sugar is bad, that stuff is far worse for you.

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      Quite a silly idea - I hate the idea of anything getting banned. The government shouldn't be sitting around telling anyone what they should and shouldn't consume.

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      miaponzo 5 years ago

      Interesting debate... people need to know something though... while honey is very good for the body from a medical curing of illnesses and prevention point of view, it still raises the blood glucose and cause glycation... so sugar is sugar from that aspect... if we are careful, we don't have to worry about the detriments of sugar :) Blessed!

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      Kay 5 years ago

      Bloomberg...sigh... I think the soda ban is absolutely ridiculous and I don't even drink sodas very often.

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      Godweeno 5 years ago

      Food companies have a lot more power than you think these days so we will not see a ban or restriction on this for a long time. Sugar isn't bad for you, extreme quantities of it are and modified sugars are very bad for you. I think a restriction on how much and what kinds of sugar are used is important for the health of future generations.

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      IWorkAsAmom 5 years ago

      I don't even eat sugar, and I think it's a bad idea. Honestly, tell me a ban that actually has changed something for the better? Just don't say drugs, because. that's a whole other story.

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      glenbrook 5 years ago

      I don't think it should be banned, but now that the government is taking over health care, it won't be long before they start telling us what we aren't "allowed" to eat and probably what we "have to" eat as well. So much for "the land of the free." Welcome to the nanny state.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I don't even think that sugar should be taxed. Why should we have to pay even more for it?

      If the problem with sugar is obesity and higher medical bills related to obesity, then charge higher medical insurance premiums for those who are morbidly obese.

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      gatornic15 5 years ago

      The government already has too much control over things they shouldn't have control over. We need to learn how to have self control and try to instill healthy eating habits in our children from the time they are born rather than raising them on all the sugary products. Once you start a habit, then it is hard to break it.

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      Sundaycoffee 5 years ago

      @hotbrain: Personally I don't like the idea, but it might be a solution to helping us refrain from overeating.

      Someone here mentioned high fructose corn syrup. This is one sweetener I would really like to ban. It is extremely harmful, and I believe it is only used / allowed in the US and in Canada. (and guess which countries have the most health problems?)

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      jseven lm 5 years ago

      Can we just let the gov do their job and stay our of our personal business. Crime, getting rid of all the toxic food banned, and keeping it of the people, by the people and for the people.

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      Ruthi 5 years ago

      The government sticks its nose into the private lives of its citizens too much already, so NO I do not feel sugar should be banned nor taxed. Yes, I feel too much sugar is not good for us but so are many other things. It is our right, and our responsibility, to learn to make our own choices and hopefully make decisions that will benefit us. Our government is in far more of a mess than than its citizens are, so how about we ban nonsense in government instead?

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I don't want my freedom to eat something be regulated. Each one needs to be responsible and not just act based on legislation.

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      Leah J. Hileman 5 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      Tax it, don't ban it.

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      Normyo Yonormyo 5 years ago

      Although sugar in the amount we nowadays digest is not good, banning it would not solve the problem of obesity. That would take a different attitude of those who overeat. So we need to educate people on what is a healthy way of living.

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      sweetstickyrainbo 5 years ago

      there is no minimum daily requirement for refined sugar. but government has too much power as it is.

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      thememorybooksh1 5 years ago

      I don't think that sugar should be banned. I love sweets :)

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      KarenTBTEN 5 years ago

      I would say outright banning, no, but taxing, maybe. There is some evidence that high fructose corn syrup has more health impacts than other sugars. Cheap sweetened beverages tend to be made with high fructose corn syrup. The sad truth is that cheaper processed foods tend to be made with less healthy ingredients. Dried legumes and sweet potatoes are cheap, but as for the things people actually put in their lunch boxes...

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      Robert Zimmerman 5 years ago from SE Florida, USA

      A few years ago they did a study to learn what crop would have the least negative impact on the Everglades and it turned out to be what they were already growing - Sugar Cane.

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      hotbrain 5 years ago from Tacoma, WA

      @Sundaycoffee: Should the government increase the price of sugar and other sweet stuff similar to how they've increased the price of cigarettes?

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      Monica Ranstrom 5 years ago

      I haven't seen any evidence to date that government regulation on something actually makes people follow those regulations. People will eat what they want to. I agree that sugar in its various forms is very harmful to us, but outlawing it isn't really a solution. It's a cop-out. People need to have some self discipline and value for their own health.

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      Sundaycoffee 5 years ago

      Don't ban, but EDUCATE.

      We all know by now that smoking is harmful; we should also know that too much sugar is bad for us. That also includes honey, maple syrup, agave or other sweet stuff - these are just different types of sugar.

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      Dan 5 years ago from CNY

      Nice hot topic lens.

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      TransplantedSoul 5 years ago

      Sweet!