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  • RE: The Toxic Truth About Sugar

    I think this is a very interesting article on limiting sugar access for kids - particularly high fructose corn syrup. Since it is published in Nature maybe people will start listening at schools and activities. I'm not a fan of the tax it idea, but restricting it in schools seems like a logical choice to me.

    http://www.nature.com.laneproxy.stan...l/482027a.html
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    You have access we don't. Lustig makes the same argument here Food Law Society co-sponsors TEDx conference on food policy (video)

    I've had enough regulation, thank you. That's what got us to the point we're at now, better it all go away.
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    • #3
      Sorry - I will figure out how to post the actual paper later.

      I couldn't actually agree more - I'm not interested in the legislation part. I heard the author of this study this morning on the radio - really, he is not that interested in the legislation part. He just wants people to get started talking about the fact that we pump kids full of sugar 24/7 these days and we need to come together to decide it is not that much different than offering tobacco or alcohol at every event.

      An example of this, for me, is that when I take my nephews to soccer or baseball there is always a sugary drink AND sugary snack offered afterwords. There are also snacks for sale during the games. Personally, I don't see why we have to give out snacks at all these events. Kids do NOT need all of it. However, if you say anything people freak out. I think it is great that the idea is coming up other places now.

      Schools also - why do kids have access to sugar at school every single day of the week. It's crazy to me.
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      • #4
        IvyBlue- While I am right with you on the disgust for regulations, I think that lowering the sugar tariffs (to protect the very few sugarcane growers we have in the States) and eliminating subsidies for corn and ethanol would have a huge impact on the use of HFCS. HFCS is only used because of the corn subsidies and sugar import tariffs. Imported sugar from South America would probably be cheaper, if not for the government intervention already in place.

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        • #5
          All subsidies/tariffs being eliminated probably would lead to cane sugar taking back the market from HFCS which might be preferable to the same extent that a no additive cigarette is preferable to a chemical laden one. Watch the bastards tax cane sugar and leave HFCS alone, can't upset voters in Iowa now, can we.
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          • #6
            That whole kids have to snack is preposterous. My daughter goes to the afternoon kinderdarden, from 12 pm to 3:20 pm. They have snack time in that 3 hour stretch right after lunch & I have to pack her a snack. Huh?
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            • #7
              that's what happens when your body runs off sugar, you need more of it every 2-3 hours or you have major blood sugar drops and can't focus.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by Leida View Post
                That whole kids have to snack is preposterous. My daughter goes to the afternoon kinderdarden, from 12 pm to 3:20 pm. They have snack time in that 3 hour stretch right after lunch & I have to pack her a snack. Huh?
                Sounds ridiculous but my DD is in 1st grade and they still have snack. I'm kind of for it. They only give them 20 minutes to eat lunch. I don't know about your kid but mine takes a heck of a lot longer to eat than that. I would prefer they take the 20 minutes from snack time and add it to lunch time but it won't happen.

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                • #9
                  I don't have a problem with a snack - it's the fact that it is cookies, juice, and chocolate milk. On healthy days they have pretzels and cheese.

                  Kids do need to eat a bit more frequently than adults I think - but every two hours with sugary crap annoys me.
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                  • #10
                    I agree. The supplied snack at DD's school is awful (poptarts and cheezies) so I send in one for her. Usually a sliced apple, wedge of cheese and a square of 86% dark chocolate. She loves it.

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                    • #11
                      Taking the junk machines out of schools should be a slam dunk.

                      The corn subsidies weren't renewed. Shocking. I suspect this was done because these farmers are making bank with ethanol.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by jammies View Post
                        I don't have a problem with a snack - it's the fact that it is cookies, juice, and chocolate milk. On healthy days they have pretzels and cheese.

                        Kids do need to eat a bit more frequently than adults I think - but every two hours with sugary crap annoys me.
                        agreed, the trick is to only offer healthy snacks...then snacking might eventually cut down itself... snacks today are just another word for JUNK
                        Snacks to me are leftovers (90% of the time), or veggies with some kind of dip, maybe a piece of fruit.
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                        • #13
                          No laws. Ask your school to celebrate birthdays and events w/o cake etc. Ask your kids sports league to request kids bring their own water bottles to the game, and limit team snack to fruit. Snacks culture for kids is crazy.

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                          • #14
                            Sugar is killing us. I see it in my clinic every day. Laws can be burdensome and can also save lives. Free markets pollute and kill in the name of greed, and our children are the target of the marketing campaigns to sell more and more sugar. "NO government" is called "anarchy" -- not quite my ideal society. Our entire society pays the price for the obesity epidemic (it is part of the reason we spend so much money on "health care").

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Linny View Post
                              I agree. The supplied snack at DD's school is awful (poptarts and cheezies) so I send in one for her. Usually a sliced apple, wedge of cheese and a square of 86% dark chocolate. She loves it.
                              That is awesome! I bet she is like super fit and super energetic.

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