08 Feb '12, 5pm

A recent op-ed argues sweeteners have as many negative health effects as alcohol and should be regulated:

A recent op-ed argues sweeteners have as many negative health effects as alcohol and should be regulated:

Are we talking about only serving sugar in bars? Or needing a “sugar license”? (Photo by jacsonquerubin.) A recent op-ed published in the journal Nature, by several scientists who are experts in their field, has the pundits all aflutter. But the subject is somewhat surprising: Sweeteners. (Nutrition professor Marion Nestle has posted the full PDF of the article here .) Robert Lustig (a minor YouTube celebrity since his 2009 lecture on fructose), Laura Schmidt, and Claire Brindis argue that added sweeteners of all kinds — including sugar, high-fructose corn syrup, and all their oddly named ilk (that means you, maltodextrin!) — have as many negative health effects as alcohol and should be regulated. Responses have come from all over the food politics spectrum — from Raj Patel in The Atlantic , who took to dreaming of a world where large corporations aren’t in charge of feedi...

Full article: http://grist.org/food/sugar-low-do-sweeteners-need-to-be-...

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