23 Apr '11, 12am

If sugar is toxic, should our government be subsidizing it?

If sugar is toxic, should our government be subsidizing it?

In last week's New York Times Magazine, the science writer Gary Taubes argues forcefully that a range of chromic health problems -- heightened rates of obesity, heart disease, and even some forms of cancer -- can be blamed on overconsumption of refined sweetener. It isn't just the surge of empty calories that sweeteners provide that's making us sick, Taubes argues; it's also -- and mainly -- the way our bodies process them. Taubes acknowledges that the science around sugar metabolism isn't fully settled. But he brings highly suggestive evidence to bear, and I find it convincing, with a couple of caveats. I agree with Melanie Warner on BNet that Taubes should have been more clear that his indictment of "sugar" does not apply to all things sweet. Your body doesn't process the fructose in an apple the same way it does, say the jolt of refined sweetener in a can of Coke. I als...

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