CBS 60 Minutes – Sugar, The Toxic Truth

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TurboJam day 5 of 28

Just yesterday I was writing about the food industry and the correlation of GMO foods to sicknesses and I also touched on sugar toxicity and then last night 60 Minutes did a segment on it. The segment talked not only about how bad sugar is to the body but also about how difficult it is to break the sugar connection because of its addictive qualities. No wonder beating the cravings to overeat are so hard.

More and more people are starting to wake up to the fact that we all need to THINK about what we are eating and what’s in it.

Some experts are saying sugar should be regulated as a controlled substance as are tobacco and alcohol.

On the one hand I believe people have the free will to make their own choices, good or bad. But they have to be informed. We all know a fatty cheeseburger will make you fat. Yet it is not so well known that fat free processed foods are often loaded with sugar and empty calories.

We do not think about sugar being in bread, pasta sauces, canned soups and even canned vegetables, but it often is, in surprising amounts. This is why reading labels is soooo important. It is beyond obvious that the US food industry does not concern itself with our health, nor does the FDA, so we have to do it ourselves.

Now, that’s adults – what about kids? Obesity is considered epidemic by the CDC but there are no laws making adults (parents, schools, stores, restaurants, etc.) accountable for what they make available to the children. Adults can smoke cigarettes and drink alcohol, but everyone knows if you buy/sell alcohol or cigarettes to minors there are serious legal consequences – business can lose licenses or even be closed down.

If we as adults do not “police” ourselves and the minors we are responsible for, the government must step in – so let’s do the right thing. Vote with our pocketbooks to hurt their pocketbooks – let the food industry know we’re not buying the genetically/chemically altered meat, seafood and produce they’re selling us. Demand healthy, organic nutrient dense food and that’s what they’ll produce, but its got to start with us, the consumers.

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