The USA has an obesity problem. We know there is a relationship between sugar, obesity, and Diabetes. There is a relationship between Diabetes and increased health costs.
Why does our government subsidize something that not only kills and maims, but also increases health care costs greatly.
We used to do it for tobacco. If I wore a tin foil hat I might think the government wants to get rid of the elderly. Certainly Pual Ryan's voucher plan would accomplish that also.
Actually I am tired of having tax dollars support industries that kill Americans, be they defense contractors or sugar shacks. I am concerned that our country supports those industries that injure and kill. When we say our country we are actually saying we tax payers pay to get and keep people ill.
Mar 17, '13
It's not sugarthat is causing the obesity problem, nor the subsequent health issues, it'shigh fructose corn syrup (HFCS) which was made as a cheaper and moreconcentrated sweetener to replace sugar. If you read labels you will noticevery few products even contain sugar, they contain HFCS, or for those rareproducts that do have sugar, many also add HFCS so they can use less sugar.
HFCS is in EVERYTHING! I get so frustrated when trying to purchase healthy,affordable foods at the market, because meat is so expensive. I tried lookingat alternatives but even breakfast and dinner sausages contain HFCS. I've alsofound it in pre-packaged burger patties.
If you start reading labels you will be disgusted and frustrated by whatmanufacturers can get away with. On a side note I was going to buy some coughmedicine for my toddler, but the only thing for his age was an all-naturalproduct that was almost $9...and the ingredients were "purified water,dark honey and ascorbic acid (aka Vit C)"....I can make that at home! Also, it is nearly impossible to find a product in the store that does notcontain vegetable oil (which contains a variety of corn, soy and/or canola oil)and/or HFCS.
Yet the obesity epidemic is blamed on sugar and fats....sugar is rarely found in the products that the average obese person consumes and howoften are they eating real fats that aren't those which are contained in theprocessed products most of them are eating (which is vegetable oil)? How oftenare they eating real beef such as a big ol' steak?
Just on a side not, for those who read labels (and are constantly aggravated bywhat they can get away with printing) have you noticed the boxes that read"No High Fructose Corn Syrup" contain CORN SYRUP!? Seriously ridiculous.
Last edit by Pets to People on Mar 17, '13