What’s the ‘Right Amount of Sugar’?

An interesting article in last week’s AdAge Magazine about regulating sugar brought up some valid points.

Have you ever thought about the fact that while we are used to seeing the FDA’s allowances on any given nutrition panel of any processed food product for daily allowances for sodium or fat, there’s none for sugar?  The consumer watch dog group, CSPI petitioned the FDA asking them to address this issue by recommending  a ‘safe level’ of added sugars, in drinks in particular, while the American Heart Association apparently suggests that women not exceed six teaspoons of sugar per day, and men, nine (a 20 oz soda has sixteen!).

It’s not just in the drinks, either.  Another frightening piece in the NY Times Magazine a few weeks back brought to life and insider’s view on the big-food-company execs which I felt was quite succinctly summarized by one sentence uttered by one of said execs, in reference to a n0-fail remedy to correct any new product that may not have been selling as well as it was meant to: “When in doubt, add sugar”.

Sugar is in everything.

And it’s a drug.

Think about how deadly that combination is.   

Imagine if there were traces of cocaine in everything, not enough to cause a high such as one might experience if they intentionally smoked crack, but enough to create a subtle effect that may not be noticeable immediately, but as soon as it were taken away, the withdrawal effects would be felt enough to create an unpleasant physical feeling and subsequent need to have more.

It’s no different with sugar and I’m not remotely being funny here.

Sugar is a huge, giant, ugly, extremely profitable commodity, not only in selling these processed food-products, but also as a long term avenue to pave the way for sickness and a resulting need to fund the drug companies.

Sure, companies might bend and reduce the sugar content of their ‘foods’ but a little is still too much.  

The only way it’s going to stop is if demand goes down.

And it’s only going down if we stop buying their wares.

It’s really, really simple…