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Banning Sugar But Leave the Deep Fried Twinkies and Aspartame

Updated on April 2, 2012

Banning Sugar Realistic Idea and Where's Our Priorities

Banning sugar and sodas to improve health then leaving the deep fried Twinkies, deep fried Oreos, candy bars, sugar filled cereals, Kool-Aid (yes you can deep fry that now too), energy drinks, etc., etc,. etc, and aspartame, Is this a realistic goal and if so are you telling me this is on the top of our countries food and health priority list, SERIOUSLY.

There are children out there in this country that are hungry with parents living on the streets, school lunches that are lets just say a far cry from the healthier side of the list for childhood obesity, energy drinks and candy bars at every check out whether it's 7-11 or Wal Mart and that's our focus now.

90 minute Lecture on Sugar

General Public Awareness and the Governments Participation

You see it in the news all the time how New York City Mayor Bloomberg wants to ban welfare participants from buying soda, (derailed by the feds), Dr. Robert Lustig from the University of California School of Medicine describes sugar as worse than alcohol and toxic. He wants it taxed and states it should be thought of like cigarettes, alcohol and something that is killing us.

I understand the need for education awareness as to the dangers of sugar, and that there was 135 million dollars spent on soda with food stamps in one year. But while their spending millions on these studies why not put part of the focus on healthier, AFFORDABLE alternatives and educate the public, put them in school lunches and the 90 minute lectures. Then maybe the concept of buying Kool-Aid or Fruit Drinks filled with almost as much if not more sugar or high fructose corn syrup wouldn't be a uneducated or uninformed option.

Is the Alternatives Aspartame and What About All the Other Foods Loaded With Sugar

Whats the alternative? Is it aspartame now in over 6000 products and known of it's ability to cause cancer, diabetes, seizures, headaches, Alzheimer's, ADHD, etc. No sugar at all, and if that happens will they just walk in and clear off half of the shelves in the grocery stores. Let's face it if you include high fructose corn syrup (it's sugar) in everything from peanut butter to juices that's about what would have to happen.

Why is it when it comes to our educating the public whether it be on sugar, alcohol, cigarettes, drugs, etc. we always focus on the dangers, tell them why they will die if they continue, how to stop, but we leave out the healthy, affordable alternatives. Is it because there aren't any? You know as well as I do that is so far from the truth, we just don't choose to educate and focus on it.

So what do people focus on when not given other healthy alternatives to sugar? If you take a look at the videos (just a few of the hundreds) you can get an idea. You can also learn how to deep fry Twinkies, Oreos, candy bars, ice cream, pickles, Kool-Aid, bananas, cheesecake, and many others to numerous to mention. OK I have to confess I have had deep fried pickles, Oreos, green beans, and ice cream and loved them all.

What's funny is that a lot of the videos are produced by kids. A business enterprise or love of the food? Who knows but at least they're not out doing drugs, drinking and driving, or getting into trouble.

Where Do They Draw the Line and What's Next

When I think of food now, the choices given, and then of the dangers of some of the ingredients in those products honestly the list becomes so limited it's amazing. If you consider salt, chemical additives, pink slime in meat (very informative hub), fat, cholesterol, etc., where does it end?

Will salt and sodium be next to help prevent heart disease and blood pressure, obesity, or will it be the cancer causing products? My point is where does it end?

We need to educate our youth as to the benefits of a healthy lifestyle, and not just by having them read it in a book. We need to provide it for them at home and in schools with healthy lunches, physical education, and let them feel the benefits not just read about them. Let them know what it's like to be physically fit and eat healthy so they will want to continue that lifestyle and provide it for their children. Shoot they might even teach their parents a thing or two.

That's it for me, have an absolutely stupendous day and try to stay away from the deep fried Twinkies.:-))


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    • Charlu profile image

      Charlu 6 years ago from Florida

      Hi Peggy, Well if you like pickles at least the fried ones are not as bad for you as the Oreos. Which are really really good but oh so bad. It's funny I was thinking about Prohibition when I wrote this Thanks for all your great insight, taking the time to share, comments and votes. Talk to you soon.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Well now...I must admit that I have never had any of those deep fried things you mentioned, but certainly like fried chicken and french fries on occasion. Your point is valid...our government has better things to do than to start regulating or adding more taxes on things like sugar. Education and a good example is key. They tried to ban alcohol during Prohibition. You can see how that worked!

      Good school lunches would be an excellent start so that kids who do not learn what good food is at home (and there would be some, sadly), they can learn it at school. It would cost more...but with all of our government waste, I think it could be worked in because it is so important.

      All votes up except funny.

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      Charlu 6 years ago from Florida

      Hi Moonlake I totally understand the h... in a handbasket Sometimes it gets so frustrating I just have to laugh and let it go. Thanks for your great comments and taking the time to share. Take care and talk to you soon.

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      moonlake 6 years ago from America

      Next it will be milk, than eggs, how about all red meat. This is country is "Going To H--- In Handbasket." Every time we turn around there's something else they want to control. This doctor is a nut case.

      Good hub.

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      Charlu 6 years ago from Florida

      Hi Express10

      Your right it starts at home and education is the key even if we have to do it ourselves. It's all about choices Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to share and comment It is greatly appreciated Take Care

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      H C Palting 6 years ago from East Coast

      It all starts at home and if you weren't lucky enough to have parents or guardians to show you the way, at some point we must take the initiative and educate ourselves. The idea of banning sugar is silly to me for the reasons you state in this interesting hub. Great share.