For The Love Of Food

by | Feb 3, 2012

For The Love of Food

Welcome to Friday’s For The Love of Food, Summer Tomato’s weekly link roundup.

Apparently I wasn’t the only one with sugar on the brain this week. The now infamous Dr. Lustig thinks the government should treat sugar like tobacco and alcohol, but Marion Nestle is not convinced. I also found an excellent article from the anti-grain crowd admitting rice might not be so bad for you after all. Rejoice!

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9 Responses to “For The Love Of Food”

  1. Brian says:

    These UCSF scientists must be real delights at parties: “Thank you for the offer of a slice of cake. While I recognize the cultural and celebratory aspects of sugar, at this time I feel it is in the best interests of public health policy to advocate a change in consumption patterns, however complicated such an undertaking may be. Now, please pass the celery sticks.”

  2. Marc Brazeau says:

    When it comes to regulating sugar, I think it depends on the regulation proposed. I disagreed with Lustig & Co. thoughts on age requirements and limiting hours of availability like alcohol and tobacco.

    But I think that sugar should be included with the nutrients to limit on the USDA ‘Nutrition Facts’ label. There should be a limit on the amount of sugar in Federally re-imbursed school lunches. Sugary beverages and high sugar added processed foods should be excluded from SNAP.

    I’m not sure that Marion Nestle said she wasn’t in favor of regulation. She said that she wasn’t interested in the question of whether they were toxic. No one (except maybe Margo Wootan) is more in favor of regulating food than Marion. What’s odd is that she in not interested in the question that justifies the regulation.

  3. Nate says:

    It’s amazing how much sugar has been on my mind recently…well, it always is, but recently I’ve been realizing how much it’s actually on my mind! ie: I am addicted to sugar! Currently reading a book called Sugar Blues by William Dufty written in the 70’s, *phew* it is SCARY!

    Thanks for writing this piece, I will definitely think on it more while I eat chocolate in bed:)

  4. The only meat I eat is fish. Since I’ve been able to stop the growth of polyps in my colon despite my genetics, I’m not surprised by this study. But I do think it’s more the association with following other very healthy eating practices–not just the fish.

    Great list of articles this week, Darya.

  5. Hi Darya!

    I’m not sure where I stand in terms of sugar regulation – not because I don’t think it’s outrageous that sugar has ZERO regulation, & people are actively encouraged to think that having a glass of wine is like getting in bed with the devil (that DOES aggravate me!) – BUT because I have a feeling the processed food industry would just respond with a surplus of fake foods and artificially sweetened goods.

    I suspect that, in the same way as prohibition fails to deal with the reasons why some people need or want to abuse alcohol- as well as the difference between abuse and enjoyment – sugar ‘regulation’ would fail in trying to address peoples sweet tooth. Or in teaching them ways to fill up on nutrient rich foods, instead of processed foods and diet soda. Changing the mindset is always harder than regualting the habit, but I also think with sugar most people have no idea. They genuinely don’t understand how addicivte, and uniquely fattening, it is. Higher taxation would go someway towards emphasising that point I suppouse … but you also need education to a greater extent than I am currently hearing anyone talk about.

    Having said all of that – I dont get what part of the Marion article explicitly stated that she was against regulation? It seemed more of an on the fence commentary than anything else?!

    • Darya Pino says:

      Great points. I know Marion didn’t explicitly say she’s against regulation, but I sort of expected her to jump on the bag wagon and she seemed extremely reserved about the idea.

  6. Farah says:

    totally off subject, but we need to pay more attention about our bees!

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