Prevent disease? Start by removing sugar.

Cutting 20% of sugar from packaged foods and 40% from beverages could prevent 2.48 million cardiovascular disease events (such as strokes, heart attacks, cardiac arrests), 490,000 cardiovascular deaths, and 750,000 diabetes cases in the U.S. over the lifetime of the adult population, reports a study published in Circulation…

Implementing a national policy, however, will require government support to monitor companies as they work toward the targets and to publicly report on their progress. The researchers hope their model will build consensus on the need for a national-sugar reformulation policy in the US. “We hope that this study will help push the reformulation initiative forward in the next few years,” says Siyi Shangguan, MD, MPH, lead author…“Reducing the sugar content of commercially prepared foods and beverages will have a larger impact on the health of Americans than other initiatives to cut sugar, such as imposing a sugar tax, labeling added sugar content, or banning sugary drinks in schools.”

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5 thoughts on “Prevent disease? Start by removing sugar.

  1. Mike says:

    Sugar Fixed (NYT 2004)
    “Mr. Muniz, who is Brazilian and lives in New York, was relaxing on St. Kitts when he started to hang out with the local children who harvested sugar cane. He took pictures of them and even went to their houses to meet their parents, whom he described as “worn, tired people.” “What is it that disappears from the life of these really vibrant children to become those kind of grown-ups?” he asked himself. “I realized it was the product — sugar itself. The sweetest part of them is pulled out of them so we can use it.”
    When he got back to New York, Mr. Muniz printed his photographs and started to play around with sugar on a black background. “To my surprise, you can pretty well control the saturation by the amount of sugar you put on,” he said. “They’re easier to correct than a pencil drawing.”

    Vik Muniz, Valentina, the Fastest, 1996, gelatin silver print, Smithsonian American Art Museum scroll down for Muniz’ other Sugar Children. See also Christies (Nov 2015)

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