Most people are aware of the consequences of consuming too much sugar, but one report suggests that the effects are more serious than they appear to be. In fact, the piece recommends that sugar itself is a toxin that should be regulated. According to Time, researchers from the University of California, San Francisco released an opinion piece that advocates controlling the sales of sugary products and rejects the popular idea that the sugar is simply "empty calories."
"There is nothing empty about these calories," the piece says. "A growing body of scientific evidence is showing that fructose can trigger processes that lead to liver toxicity and a host of other chronic diseases. A little is not a problem, but a lot kills - slowly."
"We're not talking prohibition," said Laura Schmidt, one of the authors of the piece. "We're not advocating a major imposition of the government into people's lives. We're talking about gentle ways to make sugar consumption slightly less convenient, thereby moving people away from the concentrated dose. What we want is to actually increase people's choices by making foods that aren't loaded with sugar comparatively easier and cheaper to get."
As serious as the researchers' concerns may be, the authors concede that the regulation of sugar is difficult since many consider it a necessary vice. "We recognize that there are cultural and celebratory aspects of sugar," said Claire Brindis. "Changing these patterns is very complicated."
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