Sugar is a poison and is as detrimental to health and addictive as alcohol or tobacco. Therefore, the research team from the University of California feels that the sale of products containing added sugar should be subject to regulation through taxation and legislation, just like alcohol and tobacco.
Sugar makes people fat and also changes the body's metabolism, raises blood pressure, throws hormones off balance and harms the liver. Sugar consumption has tripled worldwide over the past 50 years. Sugary foods and drinks are responsible for illnesses including obesity, heart disease, cancer and liver problems which contributes to 35million deaths a year worldwide. This damage is similar to the effects of drinking too much alcohol- which is made from distilling sugar.
AdvertisementLead author of the study Prof. Robert Lustig said, "Governments need to consider major shifts in policy, such as taxes, limiting sales of sweet food and drinks during school hours, or even stopping children from buying them below a certain age."
In their article published in the journal 'Nature', entitled 'The Toxic Truth About Sugar', the scientists said, "A little is not a problem but a lot kills- slowly."