Understanding the politics of food, agriculture and hunger
Feb 11, 2010
Sugar Destroys Our Health
Utusan Konsumer, a publication from the formidable group -- Consumer Association of Penang (in Malaysia) -- has in its latest edition published a four page pullout on sugar. As you would see from the poster above, it lists out the number of teaspoonfuls (tsp) of sugar in some of the popular brands of foods and drinks.
In another poster, which I found it difficult to extract, it says: Sugar Destroys Our Health and lists more than 60 ailments linked to sugar. Some of the important ailments are: cancer, diabetes, obesity, heart disease, arthritis, gall-stones, asthma, chromium deficiency, premature ageing, high cholestrol, high blood pressure, migraine, and Parkinson's disease.
If you recall, sometime back, I had written an article on the need to reduce sugar consumption. I think it is time again to tell people to stop consuming sugar if they care for their own health and also that of their family. The sugar industry has of course been building up political pressure to ensure more sugar is made available at a cheaper price for the consumer. But we, as a discerning consumer, have to be cautious enough to see what more sugar consumption means for us.
Sugar is a slow poison. Avoid sugar if you want to live long and healthy. The choice is yours.
Regarding my article on sugar, if you missed reading it, here it is: