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Sugar industry denies links between sugars and obesity

Sunday, October 24, 2004
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
Editor of NaturalNews.com (See all articles...)
Tags: sugar industry, Big Sugar, added sugars

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Given everything we now know to be true about sugar and high-fructose corn syrup, I find it absolutely stunning that the sugar industry continues to deny any link whatsoever between the consumption of sugar and chronic diseases like obesity and diabetes. The sugar industry says that sugar is a completely healthy food, that there's no such thing as an unhealthy food, and that sugar can be part of a healthy diet. I disagree strongly with that.

Saying that sugar is part of a healthy diet is sort of like saying that crack cocaine should be part of your medicine chest. It's not that far-fetched, actually: Coca-Cola contained cocaine for decades following its introduction in the 1800's. Not surprisingly, patients got hooked on the product rather easily. Today, Coca-Cola still uses coca leaves, which are imported into the United States from South America, and which are subjected to a process that removes their cocaine content. The big question in my mind is, frankly, what is Coca-Cola doing with all this extra cocaine produced as a by-product of manufacturing its soft drinks? Is there some sort of cocaine recycling program being run by Coca-Cola that we haven't heard about yet?

The way I see it, there are some foods that bring you into balance, and there are other foods and food ingredients that take you out of balance. Sugar is quite obviously one of the ingredients that takes you out of balance. Even one teaspoon of sugar a day or one teaspoon a week takes you out of balance from what would have otherwise been a perfectly healthy day or week. The sugar industry says there's no such thing an unhealthy food... I say there's no such thing as a healthy person who eats any amount of sugar, because consuming sugar in any form, in any quantity, takes you away from the health you could otherwise experience.

What will future historians think of all this?

I think someday the history books will look back with great curiosity at our modern society. They will wonder how we could have been so blind to the massive chronic disease we have given ourselves by switching from home-gardened and home-cooked foods at the turn of the 20th century to a system of processed, refined foods, where all the nutrition is essentially stripped away and processed carbohydrates are packaged, flavored up, and enhanced with chemicals like MSG, aspartame and sodium nitrite in order to convince consumers to buy them.

Our generation, I think, will be judged harshly. What we're doing today will be looked at as a form of insanity, and someday it will be obvious to everyone that all the problems we have with violence and crime and ADHD and overcrowded prisons and mental disorders is mostly due to the consumption of sugars. This will be obvious. This will be common sense. Heck, even doctors may figure it out someday.

Doctors and scientists of the future will throw up their hands in wonder at how our modern society could have pursued this dietary path for so long, and yet remained so blind to the widespread damage we were causing to ourselves and to each other. And once those future historians learned that we actually installed vending machines in public schools that would allow students to buy soft drinks so that they could go into class and disrupt our learning institutions with aggressive behavior and exhibit learning disabilities and mental disorders like ADHD, these future historians will just shake their heads in disbelief. They might even assign our present-day era a name like "The Madness Ages."

See, we had the Dark Ages, and we had the Industrial Revolution, and now today we have the Madness Ages, where basically the whole population is nutritionally depleted and people are going mad in record numbers, and two-thirds of the nation is overweight, and yet all we do is dose each other up with prescription drugs rather than looking at the fundamental problem of sugar, nutrition, processed foods, fast foods, junk foods, and the need of the human body to have fresh, living foods on a daily basis as part of its diet. If that's not madness, nothing is.

Welcome to the Madness Ages.

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About the author:Mike Adams (aka the "Health Ranger") is a best selling author (#1 best selling science book on Amazon.com) and a globally recognized scientific researcher in clean foods. He serves as the founding editor of NaturalNews.com and the lab science director of an internationally accredited (ISO 17025) analytical laboratory known as CWC Labs. There, he was awarded a Certificate of Excellence for achieving extremely high accuracy in the analysis of toxic elements in unknown water samples using ICP-MS instrumentation. Adams is also highly proficient in running liquid chromatography, ion chromatography and mass spectrometry time-of-flight analytical instrumentation.

Adams is a person of color whose ancestors include Africans and Native American Indians. He's also of Native American heritage, which he credits as inspiring his "Health Ranger" passion for protecting life and nature against the destruction caused by chemicals, heavy metals and other forms of pollution.

Adams is the founder and publisher of the open source science journal Natural Science Journal, the author of numerous peer-reviewed science papers published by the journal, and the author of the world's first book that published ICP-MS heavy metals analysis results for foods, dietary supplements, pet food, spices and fast food. The book is entitled Food Forensics and is published by BenBella Books.

In his laboratory research, Adams has made numerous food safety breakthroughs such as revealing rice protein products imported from Asia to be contaminated with toxic heavy metals like lead, cadmium and tungsten. Adams was the first food science researcher to document high levels of tungsten in superfoods. He also discovered over 11 ppm lead in imported mangosteen powder, and led an industry-wide voluntary agreement to limit heavy metals in rice protein products.

In addition to his lab work, Adams is also the (non-paid) executive director of the non-profit Consumer Wellness Center (CWC), an organization that redirects 100% of its donations receipts to grant programs that teach children and women how to grow their own food or vastly improve their nutrition. Through the non-profit CWC, Adams also launched Nutrition Rescue, a program that donates essential vitamins to people in need. Click here to see some of the CWC success stories.

With a background in science and software technology, Adams is the original founder of the email newsletter technology company known as Arial Software. Using his technical experience combined with his love for natural health, Adams developed and deployed the content management system currently driving NaturalNews.com. He also engineered the high-level statistical algorithms that power SCIENCE.naturalnews.com, a massive research resource featuring over 10 million scientific studies.

Adams is well known for his incredibly popular consumer activism video blowing the lid on fake blueberries used throughout the food supply. He has also exposed "strange fibers" found in Chicken McNuggets, fake academic credentials of so-called health "gurus," dangerous "detox" products imported as battery acid and sold for oral consumption, fake acai berry scams, the California raw milk raids, the vaccine research fraud revealed by industry whistleblowers and many other topics.

Adams has also helped defend the rights of home gardeners and protect the medical freedom rights of parents. Adams is widely recognized to have made a remarkable global impact on issues like GMOs, vaccines, nutrition therapies, human consciousness.

In addition to his activism, Adams is an accomplished musician who has released over a dozen popular songs covering a variety of activism topics.

Click here to read a more detailed bio on Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, at HealthRanger.com.

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