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Is Sugar a Dangerous Drug?

imagesEverybody has sugar; even people who are diabetic have some sugar in their controlled diets, knowingly or unknowingly. New research now says that sugar is actually an addictive and dangerous drug that can kill.

CDC scientist says that sugar can kill

Quanhe Yang, a senior scientist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, led a team of researchers that reviewed and analyzed data of over 31,000 people who took part in a National Health and Nutrition Survey. The conclusions of their research, published in JAMA on February 3, 2014, were that when people consumed 21 percent of their calories from a diet of 2000 calories from added sugar, they doubled their risk of death from heart disease. While the risk lowered as the intake of added sugar lowered, or the overall percentage decreased, the risk is still substantially high.

Among the major culprits of unnecessary added sugar in the diet were sugar sweetened beverages, processed foods, desserts and food items like honey, molasses, corn syrup and more. The survey covered only sugar that was added to foods and not natural sugar such as that in fruits and vegetables.

Amsterdam health official says that sugar is a dangerous and addictive drug

Earlier, on September 17, 2013, a Dutch official, Paul Van Der Velpen, the head of the Public Health Service of Amsterdam, called sugar a dangerous and addictive drug and said that it should be tightly regulated and people should be made aware of its dangers. ‘This may seem exaggerated and far-fetched, but sugar is the most dangerous drug of the times and can still be easily acquired everywhere,’ he said

He compared sugar’s addictive properties to that of alcohol and drugs, saying that an appetite for sugar perpetuates itself and never gets satiated.

Sugar is known not to have any beneficial health properties, adds empty calories to the diet and contributes to obesity that is a factor in many diseases. As such, it makes sense to cut down the intake of added sugar in the diet for all these reasons and more

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