Wednesday, June 13, 2012


We've been hearing a lot about sugar lately. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is on a controversial mission to limit the size of sodas that can be sold in restaurants, cinemas and delis across the city. In Australia, 60 Minutes ran a story on it just this week, likening sugar to illicit drugs in its addictiveness. I know the less I eat sweets, the less I crave them. In my case, keeping chocolate in the house is a trap - stopping at just one square is far too big a test to my willpower!

The experts are in a tizz, however, debating in the press and on TV about whether sugar is indeed an enemy from which we need to steer clear. Some say it's singlehandedly to blame for growing obesity rates - that in embracing the low-fat revolution, we've fallen into the trap of eating foods that might appear healthy but are indeed loaded with hidden sugars. Others aren't so quick to point the finger at the sweet stuff but argue that a number of factors (poor diet choices, increasingly sedentary lifestyles) have gotten us to the sick and sorry state we're in. In less extreme cases - such as folk whose health and fitness are up to scratch but have trouble shifting a couple of kilos - I'd argue that getting back to basics and cutting out 'hidden' sugars might just be the key to shaving those last couple of inches off their waistlines.

One thing is for certain, though, lifting the lid on sugar (even seemingly benign ones like fructose) makes for compelling reading. I stepped out and got myself a couple of books from the highly influential David Gillespie. He's garnered quite a following since the release of his book Sweet Poison: Why Sugar Makes us Fat and has since followed up with an exposé of the diet industry in general, Big Fat Lies: How the Diet Industry is Making you Sick, Fat and Poor. I haven't read these two books just yet but I'm keen to read the arguments in detail. 

Where do you stand on the sugar argument? Have you made a conscious decision to quit? If so, with what results? I'd love to hear your thoughts on this one...

1 comment:

  1. Sugar consumption and obesity both have trended up over the past 30 years, contrary to the false conclusion published by a couple of high-profile if ham-fisted University of Sydney scientists (see )


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