Monday, March 10, 2014
Get ready for a new health hysterics' panic about sugar
A World Health Organization report says that adults should confine their sugar intake to 25 grams per day. That news has sent health hysterics into a frenzy, noting how much "hidden" sugar is in a variety of food items, making it difficult to keep within the 25 gram limit.
Leaving aside the matter of how the sugar is hidden when both the amount of sugar and carbohydrates are clearly marked on virtually all packaged food in North America, this whole business has a sour note in store. Soon we'll see the usual nanny-statist politicians, who presume to be health experts despite the irony of many of them being morbidly obese, calling for legislation to restrict the amount of sugar in food.
Sugar is a naturally occurring substance in many foods, like fruits such as apples and pears. It's a necessary component of a health diet, and if anything, there is probably less sugar in packaged food now than there was three decades ago. The "obesity crisis" is one of those manufactered outrage issues that crappy politicians and dumb journalists come up with periodically to find ways of trying to be relevant and to tell other people how to live their lives.
I live in a city with millions of people and I haven't noticed the population of Toronto looking any fatter than they did when I was a kid. Back then, there were always one or two fat kids in a class at school, and these days, at least in the schools my son has attended, the ratio seems to be exactly the same, despite the hysteria about childhood obesity.
So if sugar and weight are a huge concern, there's a very simple remedy. Get off your ass and do a little exercise, and stop shoving so much food down your throat.
But I suppose some people find that more difficult than imposing legislation that aims to overhaul the food manufacturing industry at enormous cost to the public.