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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!

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    • anonymous 3 years ago

      I TOTALLY AGREE! It is quite possible that our health insurance costs would decline and we'd live in a happier world with less people addicted to white refined sugar. If we had no choice but to cook, bake and add natural sugar to our foods, we'd get used to it and all be in the same position. IT IS MAKING OUR WORLD SICK!!!

    • rattie lm 3 years ago

      Sugar is implicated in all sorts of diseases, metabolic in particular, so now that we have such a high incidence of cancers in our society, doesn't it challenge our thinking about sugar?

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      Sugar should be regulated in some way... makes me feel sick when I see people feeding their kids ridiculous amounts of sweets and junk every day!

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      it should be regulated at a safe limit

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      i say sugar should be banned from school menu because it makes the kids hyper and get heart disease and etc this is why sugar should be banned from the school menu

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      By the way, I think the government should not allow products that include high sugar quantities, and sugar should be buyed jn small packages, and not allowing the buying of more than that.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Free country??!! ha! Listen! do you believe that shit, why don't we just allow killing and it is a free country.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      It causes too many problems

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      I think it shouldn't be banned some people can control it but this is a free country people should live the way they want that's why it's called a free country

    • VspaBotanicals 4 years ago

      Yes, I do.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

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      When it comes to heart health, fats provide both advantages and disadvantages. Saturated and trans fats are both linked to heart disease. These two fats increase the level of bad cholesterol within your bloodstream. Consuming too much could result in high blood pressure, coronary heart disease, heart failure or even stroke. On the other hand, the unsaturated fat group can be beneficial to heart health. This group actually lowers your cholesterol levels. Consuming unsaturated fats in place of trans or saturated fats can lower your risk for heart disease.

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      so i think it should not be banned because it depends on how people use it, its not government fault but people fault to use it in a wrong way.

    • Godweeno 4 years ago

      Sugar itself shouldn't be banned however the ways in which it is used should be moderated better. Sugar is included in higher quantities in more foods than you think these days. A ban may be extreme but moderating through education of food sciences would definitely help.

    • ismeedee 4 years ago

      It's a bit extreme to ban it! And of course will never happen. But I do think there should be far more education about the dangers of sugar and the addictiveness of it. We have warnings now on cigarettes but none on sugar when it takes at least as many lives!!! And artificial sugar? Don't get me started! I have made major effort in my home to cut sugar out and it's working brilliantly here, even with my die-hard sugar addicted 6 yr old. He made himself breakfast all on his own with shredded wheat, bananas and cinnamon the other day. No sugar at all except naturally occurring. Wonderful! He will also now eat plain yogurt with no sweetening.(although I'll say the yogurt in England is soooo nice compared to US!) It can be done and should be done!!!

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Some say government shouldn't decide for you, it's your job to take good decisions,etc,etc... but all these argument's don't apply to everything else. People don't say, we should decide if we want to consume heroine or something like that, they say that it's a drug and should be banned. Well, it's the same(maybe even worse) with sugar, sugar gives no benefit, does terrible damage to your body and overall health, including obesity and diabetes and it's addictive. Sugar is a drug, and if you're banning let's say marihuana sugar should be banned too.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      I agree it should be banned or regulated. Growing up, I recall getting a full night of sleep but falling asleep in class. I recall working my first job, again a full night of sleep and getting tired the next day. I am 36 and just discovered I have Diabetes. I discovered it on my own too. How? I simply stopped using sugar after researching diabetes and figuring out how the pancreas reacts to sugar consumption. The pancreas is overwhelmed from sugar intake. Google is your dictionary so do your research too. Sugar is a toxin. It does not come down to how much you consume either, for those idiots out there. It comes down to functionality of the pancreas, its use as an enzime producer, and not a glucose creator. Oh, and it comes down to an obesity epidemic originating with children who unknowingly over consume sugar and hurt their pancreas in childhood.

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      • anonymous 3 years ago

        Sugar is in everything, including vegetables. It's naturally produced. People get fat on fat, and over eating. Yes you can remove sugar, but what about beef burgers, steaks, the way people cook etc?

        You need to educate people on how to cook properly, and eat a balanced diet, not point your finger at one cause, when there are many. Actually, I think you should stop sticking your nose in what we choose to do with our lives and look towards politics instead. They are the real fat cats.

      • anonymous 3 years ago

        Sugar should not be banned because most foods have sugar in them

      • anonymous 3 years ago

        Clearly we as the consumer should know what the effects of sugar are but its not the government's job to decide for us if we should eat sugar. Sugar only hurts the person who eats it, and in free countries that means we have to choose that for ourselves

      • anonymous 3 years ago

        We need to educate people about using sugar wisely. People have the right to make informed decisions about what they eat. Banning sugar would cause fear and misinformation to spread. The key is to let people have options so that everyone can be happy. I generally do not use sugar heavily, but I love the fact that I have the option to.

      • anonymous 3 years ago

        you need sugar to get energy. If you done that you would also make apples illegal.

      • anonymous 3 years ago

        Absolutely not. Education is the answer. Turn the television off and go outside with the kids. Martin Luther had the right idea- everything in moderation. I think sweeteners should be banned. Doctors knew in the 50's that artificial sweetener and hormones caused cancer.

        Sugar and snack problems started the day Mom had to go to work many times so that the family could have better homes, cars and furniture.

        I own a bakery. I am 4 pounds overweight. I have one adult child out of four who is overweight. I believe that sugar can be an addiction. Treat the addicted and leave the rest of us alone.

      • todays-deals 4 years ago

        Do you really want the government taking over this level of control in your life? Next, they'll be mandating the consumption of a certain amount and type of food. Are you all really willing to give up your freedom, which has been won through so much bloodshed and sacrifice of others, that easily?

      • alternative-help 4 years ago

        While banning certainly isn't the answer, there definitely needs to be more emphasis on education, especially in this country where obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure are looked at as part of part of the aging process....and from an early age too.

      • bigjoe2121 4 years ago

        Nothing should be banned. Especially not sugar. I guess you'd have to ban breastmilk if you were going to ban sugar, cuz it is full of sugar. Banning something is a sure way to make it even more attractive to most. Oh, and I don't eat sugar. But that doesn't mean I don't think I should have the option to if I want.

      • xisniel lm 4 years ago

        Definitely not. There are far worse things that should be banned, like tobacco. Although if people want to be stupid and use things "wrong", let them. It's their own choice.

      • fathomblueEG 4 years ago

        No sugar should not be banned at all. Sugar is pure and the body can recognize it and tell your brain when you've had enough of it. But I think we should ban high fructose corn syrup because when you eat it, it blocks the neuro sensor in your brain to tell you when you're full, so you'll continue to eat and eat more of it. Also if you can't pour high fructose corn syrup down the drain in your sink why would you want to pour it down your throat? We should also ban artificial sweeteners too because they are chemicals that the body cannot recognize and can't process and also they can cause cancer over time. There are safer sweeteners that are natural for everyone to use like Stevia, evaporated can juice, agave and turbinado to name a few. Hope this helps:-)

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        It's not about banning anything. It's about better education & resources. I used to be pre-diabetic and managed to get my health under better control and back into a normal range with the right information and motivation... life is about balance, not total censorship. There are plenty of toxins out there to be abused and you can't just ban everything... it would just be a band-aid rather than a true solution, not to mention the fact that "banning" takes people's rights away from them and I find that to be far more dangerous to humanity than sugar.

      • Sherry Venegas 4 years ago from La Verne, CA

        If we banned it people would start speakeasies for sugar and want medical sugar from dispensaries, or certain people would become famous just because they advocated sugar. It would be one big cotton candy of fluff and misinformation, and certainly a discredit to all brownies and cakes invent through the ages.

      • RuthCoffee 4 years ago

        I'm going to say, no, don't ban it. It definitely holds dangers, but in moderation I don't have a problem with it. Education needs to be vigorous regarding nutrition in general. Nutritional info on packaged foods, restaurant menus and so forth needs to be present. I think we do need to look a foods served in schools and so forth to, to make it easier to kick some of our very bad habits!!

      • blancaverome 4 years ago

        I don't think I'd do too well without sugar, to tell you the truth. I know there are natural options, but they aren't the same. I do think sugar should be moderated, however.

      • psychegr 4 years ago

        In the same way we have to ban salt! Well this is not what we should do! We shall not ban sugar, neither salt! We shall learn how to cook healthy and how to drink healthy! This is my suggestion, that's all!

      • Sheila 4 years ago from Omaha, NE

        I agree with Tipi, your heart is in the right place... but every person has to make his or her own wise decisions about their health. This is a personal choice. Now that said, I do feel the government should require disclosure of sugar content in foods. I'm a reactive hypoglycemic and diabetic, and hidden sugar could harm me, so knowing what's in my food is very important.

      • selah74 4 years ago

        Well, I've had that thought before, but I'm not one who likes too much government involvement, and I don't think it is the proper role of government. Still, I do think sugar is over used.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        Okay, Moneybrain....your heart is in the right place for better health since sugar is like poison in a way....its not poisonous, just not good for us in refined forms in excess. I'm for less government and if it were made illegal, it would create another market. I could see getting rid of the high fructose corn syrup that had made so many sugar addicts and its used because of the high profit margin. I don't have much of a sweet tooth but I do have it on hand. Hopefully the current trend toward healthier low sugar and low fat foods in our school systems will bring us a generation that will demand better food choices. Golly, this is something one could go on and on about....great duel!

      • Ellen Gregory 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

        Adults should be able to restrict themselves and know when and how to adjust their children's intake. I believe there should be more truth in marketing so that hidden sugars become more obvious on packaging.

      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."

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          TransplantedSoul 5 years ago

          Sweet!

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          Dan 4 years ago from CNY

          Nice hot topic lens.

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          Sundaycoffee 4 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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          Monica Ranstrom 4 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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          hotbrain 4 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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          Robert Zimmerman 4 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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          KarenTBTEN 4 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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          thememorybooksh1 4 years ago

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

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          sweetstickyrainbo 4 years ago

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

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          Normyo Yonormyo 4 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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          Mary Norton 4 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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          Ruthi 4 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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          jseven lm 4 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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          Sundaycoffee 4 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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          gatornic15 4 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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          anonymous 4 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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          glenbrook 4 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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          IWorkAsAmom 4 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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          Godweeno 4 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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          miaponzo 4 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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          JoshK47 4 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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          melissiaoliver 4 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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          Titia Geertman 4 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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          Ellen Gregory 4 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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          anonymous 4 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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          blancaverome 4 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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          RuthCoffee 4 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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          Sherry Venegas 4 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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          anonymous 4 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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          fathomblueEG 4 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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          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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          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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