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After slaying the sugar demon, then what?

Wednesday, January 09, 2019

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Dear Editor,

I have some sympathy for the Health Ministry's campaign against too much sugar.

Sugar's role in the obesity epidemic has been elevated to a place that might amount to oversimplification of a far more complex matter.

That sugar plays a role in obesity has been established beyond question, but demonising it might lead to disillusionment.

I wonder what is to be used as a sweetener in its place. Will we stop drinking sweetened drinks, or will we use other sweeteners? What about their issues?

I caution Health Minister Christopher Tufton as he leads the charge to slay the sugar dragon: Beware, lest you replace it with a greater evil. Many of these other sweeteners are synthetic products, with terrible side effects reportedly linked to their use.

Is the Ministry of Health considering what happens as a consequence of a “successful” anti-sugar fight? I note the ads encouraging us to drink water. I support that call, but should we drink nothing but water? What sweetens those “other” things?

Michael Nicholson

kovsky54@yahoo.com


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