Sugar is toxic, and possibly as addictive as cocaine. Meat is laced with antibiotics. “Pink slime” is unappetizing, as is its dubious and fishy counterpart, “pink slime of the sea.” And the plastic packaging that food comes in is just as worrisome. But never mind the evidence that, as a country, we are eating ourselves to death. It’s a free country, and we have the right to be our own worst enemy.
Plenty of people have suggested regulating the junk we consume, specifically sodas. Robert H. Lustig, who appeared on an April 1 episode of “60 Minutes” -- "Is Sugar Toxic?" -- is among them. If alcohol, tobacco and poor diets are the leading causes of chronic diseases, he asks, why aren’t we also focusing on what we consume, and especially sugar?
Opining on this subject, the New York Times’ Mark Bittman points out: “Added sugar is not the only dangerous food. But unlike animal products, for example, which we also overconsume, it has no benefits.” He continues: “We need the government on our side. It must acknowledge the dangers caused by the most unhealthy aspects of our diet and figure out how to help us cope with them, because this is the biggest public health challenge facing the developed world.”