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    HEALTH - "Sugar is the most dangerous drug of the times"



    When the head of health for the city of Amsterdam - a city where marijuana is legal - speaks on the subject of drugs, it's probably a good idea to listen.

    Paul van der Velpen, Managing Director GGD Amsterdam, is calling for sugar to be regulated in the exact same manner as other harmful substances, in an effort to combat the growing worldwide obesity problem.

    Just like alcohol and tobacco, sugar is actually a drug. There is an important role for government. The use of sugar should be discouraged. And users should be made aware of the dangers. I see, for me that just as with smoking labels on soft drinks and sweet products come with the warning that sugar is addictive and bad for the health. The government would not fat tax but must enter. A sugar tax And like salt regulations should be drawn regarding the amount of sugar that can be processed. In a product Health insurers would have to finance their addiction therapy obese clients. In schools should not be. No more candy and soft drinks offered Manufacturers of sports drinks that burst of sugar should be sued for false advertising and so on.



    You can find the whole piece here on the GGD's website.

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    I never understood why people drink sugar-water. Seriously just drink water. Sure eating healthy is hard but drinking water is not. You don�t have to change your lifestyle or anything.

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    in the USA it's often hard to find water; and often a bottle of water is much more expensive 30% than a soda of the same size.

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    "Users should be made aware of the dangers"? Do they think people don't know what sugar is?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Syphilis View Post
    in the USA it's often hard to find water
    Um, no it's not. I can't remember ever thinking to myself "****, there is no water to be found. Whatever shall I do?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by killface View Post
    I never understood why people drink sugar-water. Seriously just drink water. Sure eating healthy is hard but drinking water is not. You don�t have to change your lifestyle or anything.
    Really easily if you already have a sugar addiction, since it's about the most effective sugar delivery system next to actually plunging a syringe of maple syrup into a vein.

    You get an instant, high density (is that the right term?) hit of sugar and a satisfying tactile experience with the syrupy texture and fizziness as they have been meticulously engineered for the optimum "mouth feel". It's also been rigorously tested and adjusted so that it skates just under your brain's "saturation point" - where you reach a threshold of a certain food or flavour so that your brain sends messages to tell you you're full - for as long as possible, so you can consume more of the product before becoming all sugared out.

    Also because it's a liquid your body doesn't really acknowledge it as a food substance, so you can drink oodles of it and get hit after hit of sugary sweetness without getting full.

    So I think it's kind of the opposite of food, at least in the UK, where eating junk can be much less effort and more convenient that eating healthily. Getting sodas and whatnot is more inconvenient than just sticking a cup under a tap, but because it can be so instantly satisfying people will happily go out of their way to get it.

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    I'm drinking lemonade right now. You can all kiss my ass.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Devil View Post
    Um, no it's not. I can't remember ever thinking to myself "****, there is no water to be found. Whatever shall I do?"
    100% this statement. For fucks sake clean(ish) water flows out of just about every pipe in the entire country. Bottled water is on every fucking shelf in every store, there is no excuse of "oh I couldn't find any water". Oh and yes it is still cheaper than soda.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Devil View Post
    Um, no it's not. I can't remember ever thinking to myself "****, there is no water to be found. Whatever shall I do?"
    I have actually had this happen while walking through a vast housing tract in the subburbs. All the houses looked the same. Same model, same color. There was only one way in or out and all the streets started with the same letter so the unprepared could easily wander for miles only finding cul de sacs beyond the next few turns. No water fountains, no bathrooms. Just hot pavement and manicured lawns as far as the eye can see. A rat maze for yuppies.

    As far a the sugar thing goes? Man, unless you're buying straight water around these parts the only thing harder than finding a low sugar / no sugar beverage is finding one without nasty artificial sweetners (which aparently still trick your body into doing all the weird hormonal weight gain / insulin imbalance crap but without the meager nutritional content of real sugar).

    You want a flavor? Better be cool with twenty tablespoons of fructose or some foul stuff that has more in common with styrofoam and plastic bags than it does with food (or both).

    What I wouldn't give for some mildly fruity beverage that isn;t so over sweetened it causes headaches. Anything close is either "sugar fee" toxic waste or so high in sodium you can barely taste the citrus spritz.

    Drinking over priced sodium-water from "gay Paris" right now as a matter of fact...
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    Sugar isn't even the main fucking problem high fatty foods are way the **** worse. For Christ sake soda only has 140 calories per can you have to drink a **** ton to get fat. Living proof I drink a **** ton of soda and only weigh 175. Look at any morbidly obese fucker and then look at the amount of fucking goo they eat. Anything on the planet will kill you if you overdo it by 12,000%. People need to learn moderation.

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