Should Sugar Be Regulated Just Like Alcohol & Tobacco?
Feb 02, 2012 12:50
There is plenty of evidence on the harmful affects of sugar to one's health, but is controlling sales through taxation and legislation our final solution?
In a commentary published online in the Feb. 1 issue of Nature headlined
"The toxic truth about Sugar," experts are pushing for a major shift
in public policy to combat the danger, comparing sugar to poison and saying its sale should be as tightly regulated just like other vices.
They warn that sugary foods and drinks are responsible for illnesses including obesity, heart disease, cancer and liver problems. They also claim it contributes to 35million deaths a year worldwide, and that getting people to kick the habit would require much more than simple education and awareness campaigns.
They also point out several other countries who are leading by example, imposing taxes on unhealthy food:"Denmark and Hungary have a tax on saturated fat, while France has approved a tax on soft drinks."
In response, the US Food and Drink Federation has reportedly said that "demonising" food was not helpful and the key to health was a balanced diet.
We need to eat more healthily. Period. With so much food being constantly labeled as "fat-free" or made with "no trans-fat" and more, the safest bet to eating healthily is to add some fresh, organic ingredients. Here they are: Read more
You might have heard of people using coconut oil to improve their health. But did you know that it could also be used for cooking and beauty too? It's high in saturated fats, it's antibacterial, and anti-fungal. It's also a medium-chain fatty acid that can increase your metabolism and promote energy. Here are 10 things about this humble oil you might not have yet know about: Read more
One of the biggest downsides about aging is that your body just doesn't heal itself as fast as it used to. But instead of spending money visiting a massuese or a doctor, why not give your body a break by stretching those muscles out? Read more