- Politics and Social Issues
Banning Sugar But Leave the Deep Fried Twinkies and Aspartame
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.:-))