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“Gentle” Controls On Sugar Consumption Would Help Fight Global Obesity Problem

February 1, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
In a world where obesity is contributing to 35 million deaths annually, researchers suggest that sugar’s potential for abuse, along with its toxicity and pervasiveness in the Western diet, make it a major offender. They argue that sugar is not just a source of empty calories: it changes metabolism, raises blood pressure, critically alters the signaling of hormones, and causes major damage to the liver. Sugar consumption should be controlled, not prohibited, using only “gentle ways to make sugar consumption slightly less convenient.” The gentle tactics they suggest include levying special sales taxes, controlling access, and tightening licensing requirements on vending machines and snack bars
Robert H. Lustig et al., "Public health: The toxic truth about sugar", Nature, February 01, 2012, © Nature Publishing Group
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