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This Is America's Sugar Addiction - An Infographic

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Want to solve the unresolvable issue of America's $100 trillion in unfunded welfare liabilities? Start with this: America's sugar addiction, because in 1822 America, the average person consumed 45 grams of refined sugar, or the amount found in one 12-ounce soda can, every 5 days; fast forward to 2012 and in the same period the average American now consumer a whopping 765 grams of sugar - the equivalent of 17 (non-diet) soda cans; also the equivalent of 130 pounds of refined sugar every year! More than anything, this country's fascination with the sugar high (as well as all other various forms of cheap fast food gratification) coupled with an increasingly sedentary "behind a computer" lifestyle is the leading contributor to obesity, chronic healthcare conditions, and numerous other known and unknown sources of emergency healthcare funds. As always: if one wants change, that change always has to start in the mirror.

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Tue, 08/14/2012 - 18:10 | 2705129 LawsofPhysics
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Nothing about fermented sugar?  Nothing about consumption of the products of distillation of fermented sugar.  For a site that often provides "unadjusted" details, this is disappointing.  ZH must be slipping.

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 18:42 | 2705224 Doña K
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Food companies put sugar on everything including bread. You toast the bread and you can smell sugar burning. You can hardly find bread without sugar. I am not talking small amounts which is necessary for the baking of the bread.

They want their product to taste sweet. When you complain the answer is: "People like it."

So, in essense, you eat sugars and you don't know it.

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 19:02 | 2705258 nope-1004
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Go to your local park.  Or county fair.  Even Disneyland..... nothing but beached whales and walruses walking around.  Fat?  That's an understatement.  Friggin behemoths, more like.

Being 300 lbs is like carrying another adult on your back, ALL DAY AND NIGHT.  I always look at a fat persons ankles, feet, and legs.  There is the real story.  Under-engineered to handle the load, plain and simple.  Two legs weren't designed to carry two adults!

Total disgrace.  The volume of food offered in places like Vegas is downright sinful.  The excesses of this 'great nation' and being worn in the waistline - CONSUME, it's your American right.  And when you haven't had enough, bitch about it to some waiter.  Needy, demanding first class asses.


Tue, 08/14/2012 - 19:10 | 2705288 Oracle of Kypseli
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That's why obummercare is destined to brake the budget.

We: "We would just share the appetizer sampler."

Waiter: "And for your main meal?"

We are forced to lie: So instead of saying: "There are enough calories on the sampler for three construction workers." We say: "We already had dinner but needed a bit more."

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 19:53 | 2705369 economics9698
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The fat fucks will die out when the food is not delivered to the cities and they are too fat to fight.  I think the slang is "sitting ducks" or some shit like that.

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 20:04 | 2705385 Precious
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This illustrates the AVERAGE.  Some Americans eat much less.

Extra dumpster for others.  

The Japanese debt is much lower than USA.

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 20:30 | 2705432 AldousHuxley
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your tongue can detect only 4 tastes:

  • salty
  • sour
  • sweet
  • bitter

everything else you are "tasting" is what you see, smell, or feel


Thus US food manufacturers target cheap tastes with salt and sugar.

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 21:31 | 2705597 cornedmutton
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Some say there are 5, including:

Wed, 08/15/2012 - 00:37 | 2705923 Thomas
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Three weeks ago I went on a nearly carb free diet, inspired by an Econtalk seminar by a nutritional journalist. First, it's hard to do because they put carbs in EVERYTHING. Second, without counting ANY calories and paying no attention to anything but the carbs, I dropped 16-20 lbs in three weeks. I really do think the carbs are killin' us.

Wed, 08/15/2012 - 02:53 | 2706014 Dr Benway
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Sugar as addictive as cocaine? Bob Saget would disagree.

Wed, 08/15/2012 - 15:03 | 2707678 SymforniX
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I've been low-carb for the last 5 months. Went from 307lbs in March to 235lbs today.  I'm making this a permanent lifestyle change.  Once I reach my goal weight, I'll go up to 40-50 carbs/day, but only from vegetables. Referencing the link below, #9 addresses your concern (as carbs=sugar), and is also appropriate in the context of the article.

Basically, if it doesn't grow via a natural process, I don't eat it.

Good luck on your journey.

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 22:23 | 2705693 TBT or not TBT
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Your tongue, sure, but you also have detectors for protein and/or glutamate that are pretty damned close by, and wired in hard.

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 20:04 | 2705390 malikai
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Theoretically all that fat should keep them alive longer during the big hunger.

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 20:22 | 2705421 francis_sawyer
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Tyler should be happy... More raw materials for his soap making enteprise...

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 22:24 | 2705698 TBT or not TBT
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"The fat of the land"

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 19:53 | 2705370 Atlas_shrugging
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Sugar yes. But take a look also at the worldwide wheat crop. Research shown in Dr. Davis' "Wheat Belly" is eye-opening. Ever wonder why those low carb diets aren't working as you're wolfing down veggies wrapped in whole wheat? Have a look

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 20:18 | 2705404 The Big Ching-aso
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Thx ZH.  I just called my wife 'sugar butt' & she slapped the living hell outta me.

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 20:32 | 2705436 nmewn
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Maybe, how about some "sweet & blow" next time?

I know, I know, I'm an incurable romantic ;-)

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 20:34 | 2705443 Atlas_shrugging
Tue, 08/14/2012 - 21:36 | 2705595 Idiot Savant
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While the changes made to grains may very well be bad for us, I don't think it's fair to compare wheat to sugar. According to a study referenced in the below video (first sixty seconds), when two groups of rats were fed equal amounts of starch (carbs) vs. fructose, only the fructose fed rats developed metabolic syndrome.

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 22:27 | 2705702 TBT or not TBT
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Well, humans are ALSO getting plenty of fructose, on top of regular the glucose detonations from each ingestion of wheat products.

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 19:16 | 2705304 ziggy59
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The sugar effects have been known for decades...
Sugar Blues...great book..

worse? Fake sugars... relation to HFTs...horrible stuff.. Nutrasweet from Rumsfeld? Poison...

Wed, 08/15/2012 - 03:20 | 2706025 Overflow-admin
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Poison... and our children like it!

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 20:16 | 2705406 absente reo
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"Two legs weren't designed to carry two adults!"

LOL, priceless!

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 20:22 | 2705420 monoloco
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It's even worse here in Mexico, now they sell 3 liter bottles of Coka Cola, and people drink it like water, obesity and diabetes are epidemic, even in children.

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 20:29 | 2705431 Precious
Tue, 08/14/2012 - 22:30 | 2705711 Ponzi_Scheme
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You're not kidding. In El Paso/Juarez area I see lots of no neck beach balls on legs.. Even the cops... There are also the thinner more hungry types too...

Come here to Detroit. I'll show you 300-400 pound monsters all day long...

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 20:27 | 2705429 FreedomGuy
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Yes, if you look, many of them drive Rascals, have handicapped stickers and are on "disability". They willl have mulitple knee replacements, back surgery, diabetes treatments and heart disease eventually. Due to the collectivized society it is now YOUR problem and expense. As Obamacare morphs into nationalized medicine expect lots of rules, procedures, fines and penalties for everything you eat.

The other path is to NOT collectivize and let people suffer the consequences of their actions. Let others watch and learn.


Tue, 08/14/2012 - 21:29 | 2705590 scythian empire
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ha, i used to admister an upper arm test.  good indicator.  

we've been coddeled.  but people won't change their lifestyles on their own.  SO i think there shoudl be rules helping people be healthier.

Wed, 08/15/2012 - 01:45 | 2705978 Peter Pan
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Nope 1004 you are spot on. As far as I am concerned they should limit the amount of medical care you can receive from the public purse if your BMI index is more than a certain percentage higher than the ideal. I can allow for some deviation from the ideal but what I see is enough to pray for extinction of the human race.

Wed, 08/15/2012 - 03:47 | 2706036 schatzi
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who the fuck cares? you've got free health care! right?

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 19:50 | 2705265 economics9698
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Sugar is inelastic, -0.04 or a 10% increase in price results in a 0.4% loss in sales.  The demand for the drug is higher than alcohol and cigs which are around 0.25.

This means sugar is a potential huge revenue stream for politicians if they can get the public to support taxing sugar along with alcohol and tobacco.

So when you see the sugar propaganda on TV its all a con game to get the American public to buy into taxes on the product.


Tue, 08/14/2012 - 20:01 | 2705382 ammo42
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Additional sugar in bread ? WTF ? Never saw such a lack of taste either in France, Switzerland or Austria.

Are US fat asses too lazy to add the sugar themselves ?

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 18:51 | 2705245 Silver Bug
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Sadly were the fattest nation on Earth.

Wed, 08/15/2012 - 01:49 | 2705982 Peter Pan
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I do not know who downticked you but certainly in terms of the number of obese people you are correct. Australia not far behind if not in front.

Fattest nation, fattest debt, fattest military. Great combination for the future.

Wed, 08/15/2012 - 07:55 | 2706184 Cosimo de Medici
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Sorry, but the US is slipping behind....behind the behinds of Australia in terms of the world's fattest per capita, and behind the UK in terms of private debt per capita.  Clearly, not enough Americans are packing the right amount of Cinnabuns on their Visa cards.

Come on Americans!  Like all the commercials say, "Come on, you deserve it."

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 18:12 | 2705130 LouisDega
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I like pancakes.... And waffles too.

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 18:32 | 2705199 Muddy1
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I like 'em too, and the fresh apple pie that just started baking in the oven, and cookies, and ice cream with that pie, etc. and etc.

Note to Michelle O.  write a friggin' Executive Order that forbids the welfare bums from using food stamps to purchase sugar, sugary soft drinks, an sugary foods, and have your PW'd husband sign it after he wipes the fried Twinkie crumbs off his face.

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 18:35 | 2705202 TruthInSunshine
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Off Topic Tuesday Afternoon Humor:


(Can't make this shit up):


08-14 17:44: FT writes: Greece seeks two-year austerity extension




Greece seeks two-year austerity extension
Financial Times‎ - 2 hours ago Greece is seeking a two-year extension of its latest austerity programme aimed at improving the country's debt sustainability and prospects for a ...
Tue, 08/14/2012 - 18:40 | 2705220 FeralSerf
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Lots of people like heroin as well.  That's the precedent.  Outlaw it and then make a fortune selling it to the addicts.  Tobacco too.  There's already the bureaucracy in place -- the fat, addicted DEA cops.

Wheat is just as bad for you as sugar and does the same thing to your insulin levels.   Read "Wheat Belly" by William Davis, MD.

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 19:14 | 2705295 Oracle of Kypseli
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That's why they changed the language of the law to "Substance abuse." from "drug abuse." eventualy you wil be paying fines for over consumption of certain foods.

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 19:26 | 2705330 donsluck
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Sorry, had to trash you for such a, um, mis-guided concept. It is not rational to compare a FOOD which has nutritional value with a CONDOMINT which has none.

Wed, 08/15/2012 - 03:15 | 2706022 Dirt Rat
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To nitpick, one sweetener, molasses, does have nutritional value. Ounce for ounce it has a greater concentration of potassium that any other food.

But he's right, wheat isn't particularly good for you. Its amino acid profile isn't optimal, but it was the easiest and cheapest grain to hybridize and grow.

Wed, 08/15/2012 - 09:53 | 2706502 gruden
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Have you looked into this at all to understand what he's talking about?


Sugar can - in its raw form - offer some nutritive value, as does unrefined wheat.  Like the sugar we eat, wheat is highly refined.  All the good stuff is tossed, and is as deplete of nutrients when we get it as refined sugar.  Often even what is billed as 'whole wheat' is highly refined and lacking nutrients as well.   It is fair to compare wheat with sugar.


Gluten intollerance is growing.  There's a reason for that.  We're making very poor eating choices.

BTW, if you're going to capitalize a word to make a point, be sure to SPELL it properly.

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 18:43 | 2705228 Solon the Destroyer
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I'm surprised that Breakfast Cereal doesn't make the breakdown chart.

When you start your kid's day off with Count Chocula, Froot Loops or Lucky Charms (et alii), god forbid that schools have to tranquilize the poor kidlets with State-prescribed sedatives and attention enhancers later the same morning.

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 18:44 | 2705231 Taint Boil
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Sorry, I couldn’t resist … from a previous post – I give you:


Wal-Mart Jabba-The-Huts

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 20:04 | 2705386 WillyGroper
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That is so sad. I've seen many blobs like that that have their legs blackened from lack of circulation. More than likely, soon to be stubs. 

Long AMLN & NVO. They'll never stop eating it.

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 22:29 | 2705710 TBT or not TBT
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Both of which are glucose bombs.   It's the amylopectin A in the wheat.

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 18:09 | 2705131 PSEUDOLOGOI

Sweet </sarc> Bitchez!!

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 18:10 | 2705132 goldencross10
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We gotta tax it!! 

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 18:15 | 2705148 Michael Victory
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tax and regulate.

government for the people.

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 18:37 | 2705212 Freedom In Your...
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that is sad. With all the trapwire stuff they already have up they can probaly find your garden without you having to register it though.

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 18:12 | 2705140 Schmuck Raker
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Hey now! Don't be dragging bacon into this.

Bacon is good...and pure...and, and good.

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 18:17 | 2705155 TheFourthStooge-ing
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Yes, bacon is pure good.

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 18:22 | 2705170 Papasmurf
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Chocolate coated bacon is even better.

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 18:22 | 2705172 Silver Pullet
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Either you like bacon or you're wrong.

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 18:27 | 2705184 Dapper Dan
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Praise the Lard!

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 20:08 | 2705376 cowdiddly
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I have four fresh sides(bellies) homecuring now with no sodium nitrate or corn syrup just plain old fashioned kosher salt, coarse ground  black pepper and pure maple syrup. After about two more days of curing  they will be cold smoked with hickory and apple wood. Now Son that is bacon the way it is supposed to be made by yourself and yourself only. Nice dry and firm without the corporate sliminess. Slice as thick as you want and watch your gums go to bumping into each other trying to get at it first.

    I better shut up. This is probably against the law now too in Facist America. If you can get in trouble collecting rainwater or selling lemonade this is probably a felony by now.

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 20:14 | 2705401 A Nanny Moose
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Two questions. Where are you, and when do we eat?


Tue, 08/14/2012 - 20:21 | 2705417 WillyGroper
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Yum! Exactly what I get from the farmer & just like grandma's.

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 18:27 | 2705185 mrdenis
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just bring home the Bacon ! 

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 18:38 | 2705217 Freedom In Your...
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Dove season is coming up... How does this relate to bacon you ask?


Wed, 08/15/2012 - 00:10 | 2705279 Midas
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Bacon is so good when you fry it, it sounds like applause.  ----Jim Gaffigan.

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 19:41 | 2705351 WillyGroper
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good w/o nitrites. That crap will last a month in the fridge. Fresh bacon w/o nitrites/nitrates will last a week b4 it spoils.

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 20:54 | 2705506 Overfed
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That's all I have to say about that.

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 21:22 | 2705569 Red Heeler
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And what makes bacon better? A pinch of sugar sprinkled on top as it's frying.

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 18:13 | 2705143 Jason T
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so if you have Diabeetis  ..

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 20:18 | 2705409 A Nanny Moose
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So long as the treatment of symptoms is subsidized, there will never be an interest in prevention.

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 21:53 | 2705646 JustObserving
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You can easily avoid diabetes:


Tue, 08/14/2012 - 18:15 | 2705144 SheepleLOVEched...
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 corporations:generate increasing profits by replacing real sustainable food with poison----->Govt: "thank you for controlling our population"------>Fed(banks) "thank you for soaring social costs so we can print infinite supply of money"


sugar(high fructose corn syrup) works for everyone except the PEOPLE

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 18:20 | 2705165 Freedom In Your...
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You might have those out of order. Probably close enough though.

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 18:28 | 2705189 NotApplicable
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It's a circle.

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 20:19 | 2705413 A Nanny Moose
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Infinite loop

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 18:14 | 2705146 JeremyWS
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Does this include natural sugars seen in Fruit? or is it artificial sugars only? 


I thought that Natural sugars weren't bad but have I been fooled by Ads?

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 18:16 | 2705152 SheepleLOVEched...
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over time you develop a resistance to glucose

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 18:59 | 2705261 nmewn
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I think the thrust of the article is refined sugar combined with a sedentary lifestyle.

There's nothing wrong with sugar in its natural form and as with all things, its not advisable to sit down and eat a bowl of it everyday.

Side story...I had an old black man embarrass the hell out of me years ago. I know him (cool old guy, a mason) and was passing his house one day and he waved me over. He had at least 20 stalks of sugar cane he was peeling and chewing on and he invited me to try some.

This is the embarrassing part, having been born in the city I didn't carry a pocket knife even though now I lived in the sticks...he laughed like hell at me..."Boy, you ain't got no knife?"...sheepishly grinning, I said no.

He let me borrow his and he showed me how to do it and we sat there for about an hour talking shit and chewing cane.

The next year when cane came in, there he was again. I pulled in and walked up and asked him how is it this year? He said great, have some! I whipped out my barely used pocket knife looked at him and griined.

"Fine lookin knife boy, but get a Case knife next time."

Sometimes ya just can't win with the old the cane was good ;-)

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 19:20 | 2705311 Cthonic
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Nice story.  If you happen to need a new knife, check out spyderco.

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 19:34 | 2705339 nmewn
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Thanks...lookin at em now, the Byrd line looks pretty cool.

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 18:16 | 2705151 matt5hansen
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This is exactly the kind of silliness that will get sugar banned.

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 18:17 | 2705157 SheepleLOVEched...
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sugar will NEVER be banned, too much money to be made, too many sheeple to control

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 22:39 | 2705741 TBT or not TBT
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Sugar and circuses.

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 18:18 | 2705160 TheFourthStooge-ing
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This is exactly the kind of silliness that will get sugar banned.

Cool. I'll cook it down into smokable rocks and make a fortune.

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 19:07 | 2705281 nmewn
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Got that right...when has banning anything ever stopped people from what they want?

All it does is drive up the price...the "carrying charges" as it were.

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 18:17 | 2705156 rtalcott
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 Robert H. Lustig, MD, UCSF Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology, explores the damage caused by sugary foods. He argues that fructose (too much) and fiber (not enough) appear to be cornerstones of the obesity epidemic through their effects on insulin. Series: UCSF Mini Medical School for the Public [7/2009] [Health and Medicine] [Show ID: 16717]

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 18:18 | 2705159 Hype Alert
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Oh, now you've done it.  I want bacon!

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 19:09 | 2705286 nmewn
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Sugar encrusted bacon ;-)

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 18:18 | 2705161 robertocarlos
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You can't get away from sugar. It was in the McDouble Cheeseburger I had for lunch.

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 18:19 | 2705162 Rainman
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Sugar...the new tobacco. Once the sugar-Nazis get up to speed with their revolt the sheep will be herded back to the smokes and booze where they belong 

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 18:19 | 2705163 BurningFuld
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Todays biggest killer = INACTIVITY!

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 19:10 | 2705289 Meesohaawnee
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no. IPHONES.. killer of brains.

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 19:37 | 2705341 GeezerGeek
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In the US, abortion is the leading cause of human death. Some may not agree, but facts are facts. Each abortion kills a genetically unique human. How many Einsteins have we already killed? 

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 20:00 | 2705380 donsluck
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Fact? Come on, give us some evidence. About half of pregnancies are spontaneously aborted:

Which means...God is the biggest aborter of all.

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 20:25 | 2705423 WillyGroper
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How many potential millions have you killed choking ur chicken?

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 20:51 | 2705498 JohnG
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Every sperm is sacred!

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 21:10 | 2705540 Idiot Savant
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How many children have you adopted, GeezerGeek?

Wed, 08/15/2012 - 02:09 | 2705997 the tower
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How many Hitlers have we aborted?

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 18:21 | 2705168 Neethgie
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sugar is really unneccessary for your body, so its pointless to ingest a little bit like eating tar, but then again sugar tastes so damn nice, however i would suggest people seriously reevaluate their lives if they take any great pleasure from food, or see food as a pleasure item, it is meant primarily to survive take pleasure from your friends and surroundings not from your dinner.

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 18:33 | 2705201 Temporalist
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What if I take pleasure from fleecing muppets?

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 18:38 | 2705218 Neethgie
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fleecing muppets benefits your financial health and is not detrimental to it, so i suggest you continue.

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 18:59 | 2705262 vato poco
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Who are you to "suggest" what adults should or shouldn't do with their own bodies? For that matter, what business is it of whoever wrote this article, or that asshole Bloomberg? Allow *me* to make a _suggestion_, Bud: try using a period or two every now & then in a comment. Breaks the thoughts up nicely. Leads to many fewer one-sentence paragraphs.

What's that you say? Mind my own fucking business?

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 19:19 | 2705308 nmewn
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lol...he's had a triple latte nuclear mocha spiked with amphetamines and is just now coming down from his daily work out staring at himself in the mirror at the gym.

Its kinda like the old days of disco ;-)

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 19:54 | 2705371 Neethgie
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im just stating a fact fatty, im not saying it should be legislated against, sugar is just not good for you, you should watch your intake.

food is not about enjoyment its about survival. 

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 20:37 | 2705453 A Lunatic
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Sugar bad, fluoride in my drinking water good..............

Wed, 08/15/2012 - 02:08 | 2705995 the tower
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I agree, do what you want with your body.

On the other hand, don't expect the rest of us to put you on disability just because you are to fat to move.

No more entitlements for fatties please.

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 20:04 | 2705387 Totentänzerlied
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If you don't get glucose, you die, if you like having a functioning brain and muscles, get plenty of glucose. And who the fuck are you to say what are acceptable and unacceptable pleasures?

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 20:48 | 2705489 Idiot Savant
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Glucose isn't the problem. It's fructose that's slowly killing everyone. Your body can manufacture glucose without eating sucrose/HFCS.

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 22:45 | 2705756 TBT or not TBT
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This is very strictly FALSE, if you mean glucose from diet.    

On a fat and protein only diet, the liver does a fine job of producing glucose enough for the central nervous system.  

Actually, when you are in a fasting state, this production of glucose is occuring, else you are dead meat right quick.

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 18:30 | 2705179 Temporalist
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Two articles I read last year:

Is Sugar Toxic?

found on The Consumerist where one can also read about shrinking packaging (i.e. inflation) ( (search: shrink ray )


and for informational purposes

Why Sugar Makes Us Sleepy (And Protein Wakes Us Up)


Tue, 08/14/2012 - 21:12 | 2705519 Idiot Savant
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I think you'll enjoy this lecture by Dr. Richard Johnson. It's in three parts and is about thirty minutes total. It's definitely worth your time (particularly part two).

I'm glad to see this post on ZH, but judging by the above comments, most are still clueless and/or apathetic about the dangers of sugar. We have a nationwide epidemic of diabetes, hypertension, and obesity, and the evidence points to fructose as the cause.

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 18:25 | 2705180 LeisureSmith
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Never had a big sweet tooth, but my boose tooth keeps getting bigger and bigger. Should i call a dentist?

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 18:31 | 2705196 Rainman
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No dammit....! Removal of that tooth means you will eat more sugar !

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 18:28 | 2705187 Whoahthere
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Maybe I should start snorting sugar.  Is sugar cheaper than cocaine?

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 18:39 | 2705197 Yen Cross
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  I just read somewhere recently that "Medtronics" licensed the ®™ Dr. Pepper, for their new insulin pumps. /sarc

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 18:34 | 2705203 resurger
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Stay away from Soda, Ice Cream and Donuts youll be skinny in no time.

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 18:36 | 2705208 malek
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Oh, so after declaring carbon dioxide a pollutant,

next up is doing the same on sugar?

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 18:37 | 2705214 Henry Chinaski
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Next up: Salt.

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 18:49 | 2705241 Count de Money
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And after that: Bacon.

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 19:21 | 2705312 nmewn
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That will mean war.

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 19:24 | 2705320 Hulk
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Salt is a bit different. You need it to perspire. If you are active in the hot weather, you need lots of salt. 20 years ago I ran out of salt on a 115 degree day in the desert. It was one of the more painful experiences of my life...

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 20:06 | 2705393 Totentänzerlied
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Salt is not different, you need sugar, as in sugar alcohols. If you're perspiring, you're probably using your muscles, which is depleting your glucose, and repairing your muscles also requires carbohydrates for protein transport, which one is the best? Glucose.

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 20:42 | 2705472 Hulk
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I was persiring due to activity and 115 degree heat. At the point I ran out of salt, perspiring stopped and body temperature rose dangerously. Under those conditions, with no salt, I only had a few hours left to live. Every muscle in my body was cramped and I couldn't hear due to tinnitus.The saltines the medic brought were instantaneous relief, although heat stroke after effects lasted for a few days. I assure you, glucose or hydration were never the issue...

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 20:56 | 2705510 JohnG
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Around the farm here I do quite a bit of work whether its hot or not.  When I sweat hard in the heat, some water, and some of these:

keep me going.


I had a similar experience about 10 years ago, and it it life threatening.

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 21:43 | 2705622 Idiot Savant
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BS, our bodies don't need sugar (sucrose/corn syrup). We manufacture glucose from carbs.

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 22:48 | 2705768 TBT or not TBT
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"Manufacture" is too strong a word there.   The carbs contain the glucose, generally.     Sucrose (a "carb" by the way) is a simple case of this.   It is basically a fructose molecule bound to a glucose molecule.    These are separated into free glucose and free fructose in the gut.

On the other hand the liver does manufacture glucose from proteins and fats, when needed, which is pretty often in healthy persons.

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 19:41 | 2705350 GeezerGeek
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First they came after the sugar-eaters, but I didn't eat sugar so I did nothing...

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 20:43 | 2705475 A Lunatic
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First they came after the sugar eaters. I didn't necessarily give a fuck because I was too broke to buy  snacks of sugary deliciousness. I was also too broke to pay my utilities, rent, car payments, or pay for bus fare to get to my job. Of course even then I failed to meet the lax standards required to get government assistance, mostly because I was an American citizen with an employment history. It may have appeared that my suicidal heroics were on behalf of sugar eaters everywhere, but the honest truth is, I had just fucking had enough............

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 18:41 | 2705221 diogeneslaertius
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who makes a beast of himself gets rid of the pain of being a man

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 18:42 | 2705226 JimRogers
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But can you freebase it?

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 18:42 | 2705227 John Law Lives
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I like how the word, "Cocaine", seems to be written using the same font found on a can of Coca-Cola.  Nice...

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 18:58 | 2705257 RockyRacoon
Tue, 08/14/2012 - 19:14 | 2705293 John Law Lives
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Thanks for the link.  I have seen that article, and it is interesting how that particular drink came to be.  I personally never cared for the taste of Coca-Cola.  Too many kids swill the stuff and other sugary drinks (imo).

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 18:44 | 2705230 Catullus
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At this point, giving a kid a coke with high fructose corn syrup is like giving them whiskey. Just keep them away from it. Tell them if they drink it that they'll be fat and no one will want to be their friend later in life.

Seriously, you might as well smoke cigarettes than drink cokes.

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 18:47 | 2705236 user2011
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Has it been seasonally adjusted ?

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 19:17 | 2705240 Count de Money
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"Sugar has no nutritional value". Depends what you mean by nutritional. Last I heard, calories were a part of nutrition. And I've never heard of anybody who eats nothing else but sugar.

"In 1822, the average American consumed 45 grams of sugar, the amount found in one of today's 12 ounce sodas every 5 days." In 1822, the average American also died at around the age of 40.

Health-nazi agitprop.

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 20:08 | 2705396 Totentänzerlied
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Depends on what you call sugar too. Sugar alcohols are absolutely essential, and if you exert yourself at all, your body needs extra.

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 21:57 | 2705653 Idiot Savant
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"In 1822, the average American consumed 45 grams of sugar, the amount found in one of today's 12 ounce sodas every 5 days."

In the 1800s diabetes was roughly two cases per one hundred thousand. Today eleven percent of adults are diabetics and one in three children born are projected to develope the disease. Carry on with your health-nazi meme if you like.

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 22:27 | 2705683 Count de Money
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In the 1800's there were a lot of things that would kill you before you even had the chance to get diabetes. One of those things was starvation. Another was malnutrition.

"Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants. It is the creed of slaves." - William Pitt the Younger, PM of Great Britain.

So which are you? Tyrant or slave?

BTW, can I call you by your first name?

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 18:50 | 2705244 Darkness
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Where do you find stuff like this?

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 18:55 | 2705248 Yen Cross
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 When I was a kid my parents treated "sweets" like special occasion items. Going to Mc Donalds was reserved for the occasional W/E outing after a sporting event or a hard days work in the yard.

  Even back then, everyone knew moderation was a positive lifestyle!  

  I LOVE Bacon!




Tue, 08/14/2012 - 19:04 | 2705273 Whoahthere
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When I was a kid, my mom would let us have McDonald's only if we walked.  McDonald's was 5 miles away.  Probably a pretty healthy lunch, including the 10 miles of exercise.

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 19:06 | 2705250 TWSceptic
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Right sugar is far more harmful to public health than any drug, yet the government declared war on drugs and subsidizes sugar.

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 19:53 | 2705368 WillyGroper
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Check out the subsidies. ur tax dollars at work.

Perverse how Mayor Michael wants to penalize soft drinks but says naught about HFCS.;storyMed...

Gotta keep the $$ flowing to pharma. No profits in health or death, just the massive disease in between.

Wed, 08/15/2012 - 05:07 | 2706072 Seorse Gorog fr...
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And I saw jesus in my tea leaves too!

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 19:05 | 2705275 Count de Money
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Guess what I just found out. I took a look bottle of apple juice and there's 42 grams of sugar per 12 ounces. So maybe we should ban fruit juices too.

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 19:40 | 2705347 lizzy36
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Nobody is talking about banning anything.

Drink all the juice you want.

Hell the faster everyone gets obese, the quicker the yanks can start issuing a trillion dollar in special fat care bonds - EVERY YEAR.

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 19:48 | 2705360 GeezerGeek
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Nobody is talking about banning anything? Sure they are. Haven't you heard about the fatwa issued by the FDA or one of those agencies against that super-deadly substance raw milk? I just heard that the FDA has ordered 500 million rounds of lead-free buckshot; probably to go after those who sell raw milk.

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