Introduction Robert H. Lustig’s article “The toxic truth about sugar” centers around the author attempting to prove the truth in the title. The negative health effects of today’s sugar consumption can no longer be ignored he argues. It's time to act against sugar like we've acted against tobacco and alcohol. From the article the problem with sugar isn’t just weight gain. Authorities consider sugar as 'empty calories' — but there is nothing empty about these calories.
The UK has an ever-growing problem of obesity within the nation, especially within youths. The proposed solution to the problem Is a sugar tax however that is blatantly wrong. The only reason the tax has been passed by the government is to bring in more money to the UK, which is being promised to be spent within the health and education sectors. These areas are without a doubt in need of the expected 800 million pounds that the tax will bring in, however, the problem of obesity will still be there no matter how much the government decide to tax sugary drinks. In essence, the sugar tax on drinks in the UK is a feeble attempt to lower obesity rates.
While we think the fat consumption is the issue, our livers naturally turn fructose sugar into fat by breaking down sugar just like it breaks down alcohol placing it in different areas of the body. When our liver is converting the sugars to fat, not all of it is removed from our liver meaning the more sugar that is consumed, the better the chance of causing fat build up in our liver causing us to create a liver disease. Which is a major contributor to diabetes, which also can lead to heart disease. Our minds try to trick us when we consume sugars like fructose. It tells us we are still hungry eat more.
The first group is the big mac and diet sweeteners or unhealthy group that are using diet sweeteners as a rational to eat the unhealthy food. The unhealthy group accounts for 1/3 to ½ of the adults who drink diet sweeteners. The other half take diet sweeteners and healthy diet to lose weight and cut calories. In studies they have grouped those two sets of groups together, showing the risk of cardiovascular problem grows with the adults consuming diet sweeteners. When actually the healthy group decreases their risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, diabetes and other heart problems, while the unhealthy group increases their risk.
Although junk food may be a good way to increase school income, schools should avoid selling it to students because it’s unhealthy, linked to childhood obesity, and unnecessary sugars can cause hyperactivity. Junk food is very unhealthy and can cause health issues. An article posted by the American Heart Association states that “A diet high in saturated and trans fats raises blood cholesterol — a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke. Too much sodium can raise your blood pressure and too much fat and sugar can lead to
Here are some of these which should not be taken by the mother when she is breastfeeding her baby. The reason to stop the mother from eating these goods because the use of those goods may change the taste and the nutrition effects of the breast milk. It is very important for the moms to take the regular meals and not to eat the foods while breastfeeding which is not good for the health of the baby. Dairy products are common products which cause problems to the babies during breastfeeding. The first thing is coffee which you need to stop taking while breastfeeding because it changes the main nutrients into the milk.
The reason why I feel this should be implemented is because tobacco and alcohol taxes have proven to be effective tools to reduce tobacco and alcohol use. There is a case study that use tobacco and alcohol taxes to better understand optimal tax structures for sweetened drinks. The study showed that taxes on the dose of alcohol rather than the volume of the beverage may incentivize producers to reduce the volume of alcohol in beverages through the supply side , in this way, taxing the calories in sugary drinks may reduce the volume of calories in the sugary drinks.Additionally, a research showed an estimated 24% reduction in sugar-sweetened beverage consumption from having a tax on sweetened beverages . Research suggests that an added tax on these beverages could influence some to cut down on their consumption, reducing their risk of obesity and related illnesses. The effectiveness of this intervention could be evaluated by comparing the amount of sweetened drinks bought before taxation versus after taxation.
Myth- Ghee and Butter are Killing You Slowly How many times have you heard people telling you to shun ghee and butter from your diet? That little piece of butter on your favorite bread and spoonful of ghee on rice may have reminded you of the excess weight in the weighing scale. Ghee, butter, cholesterol and finally weight gain- you may be living with this strange fear. For many of us who want to stay healthy, we try to ignore ghee and butter and label those as ‘fattening foods’. We switch to foods that are cooked in refined and olive oil.
On the Fit Tea website, there is a list of reasons in why you should invest in their product. One of these reasons is “No creams or sugars! Sip all day without getting fat!”( “Fit ) .This company is attacking the bodies of people and leading them to believe that there is something wrong with them and their body. Another trending item that has been brought back is Waist cinchers, which are basically modern day corsets. These cinchers are sold in order to help obtain an hourglass figure.
As Dr. Oz said, when your metabolism slows down you want to binge on sugar-laden foods. The Lemon detox is FILLED with sugar, this creates a cycle of drinking more of the concoction because the body wants sugar and nutrients. After 72 hours of this diet the body can function somewhat normally as the brain relies heavily on glucose to function, which the lemon detox and all its Syrup, can supply. This means that your brain doesn't really notice that you're not eating healthy food. The other added affect all that sugar does on the body is that it gives the dieter an rush of energy.
Common American’s are more concerned with commercials about the newest sugar filled foods rather than a commercial that promotes a fruit company. Then later finding a commercial about a popular diet more intriguing than one for a health club, proving that Americans would rather choose the easy route out of life situations. Living in a first world country we have all the necessary resources to push ourselves to pursuing a healthier life. Why is it that instead we settle and allow ourselves to diminish under the power of food? Johnson mentions, “Americans are fat because they eat too much and exercise too little” (Cohen).
For example, most doctors recommend increasing carbohydrate consumption and decreasing protein and fat. Why is this bad? Because carbs are made of SUGARS, so if you have a problem in dealing with sugar in your blood, like diabetes, it makes no sense to increase its consumption. Doctors are not the main problem that is not the message being sent. The message is that there is things can be done to combat diabetes, it is your responsibility to ask your doctor for your options if they do not tell you.
The happiness of the American people is in jeopardy because of the increase in obesity related health problems and the lack of food education in the public education system. Many of the processed foods that are part of the Standard American Diet are full of sugar. Too much sugar is causing many of the health problems in America. Many of the healthcare problems in America is somehow related to or caused by obesity. The top three leading causes of death – stroke, cancer, and heart disease – are all caused by obesity (Oliver 2010).
The fact that this will also not just be a "blanket tax" across all junk food but rather calculated by experts about which foods should be taxed and exactly how much the tax would be should be a comforting thought to those who fear this will put a burden on buying their favorite snacks. However all the experts are busy with more "pressing" matters such as "ethanol subsidies." I believe that the people who are against this proposal are the one who are not struggling financially but are just saddened that they wont be able to go out for a cheap midnight snack with their
Lustig (2012) explains and suggests the following: Authorities consider sugar as ‘empty calories’ but there is nothing empty about these calories. A growing body of scientific evidence is showing that fructose can trigger processes that lead to liver toxicity and a host of other chronic diseases… they [Government] must consider limiting fructose and its main delivery vehicles, the added sugars HFCS (high-fructose corn syrup) and sucrose, which pose dangers to individuals and to society as a whole. (p.28) Another process that occurs in the body is that, “sugar dampens the suppression of the hormone ghrelin, which signals hunger to the brain…interferes with the normal transport and signaling of the hormone leptin, which helps to produce the feeling of satiety…and it reduces dopamine signaling in the brain’s reward center” (Lustig, 2012, p. 28). Though these are only a few examples and there are many more such as sugar feeding cancer cells, it should give you a basic understanding of just how bad sugar is for the