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Sugary drinks shouldn't be a part of our everyday diet," Thomas A. Farley, New York City health commissioner says in a statement.
The health department's public-awareness campaign, which includes posters in the subway system and a multilingual Health Bulletin, will run for three months, Farley says.
Health department researchers surveyed adult New Yorkers about their soda and other sweetened drink consumption. More than 2 million drink at least one sugar-sweetened soda or other sweetened beverage each day -- some with hundreds of calories per drink. Sweetened-beverage consumption is higher among men than among women, and especially prevalent among 18- to 44-year-olds and among adult blacks and Hispanics, the study says.
Some of America's biggest food companies say the U.S. could "virtually run out of sugar" if the Obama administration doesn't ease import restrictions amid soaring prices for the key commodity.
In a letter to Agriculture Secretary Thomas Vilsack, the big brands -- including Kraft Foods Inc., General Mills Inc., Hershey Co. and Mars Inc. -- bluntly raised the prospect of a severe shortage of sugar used in chocolate bars, breakfast cereal, cookies, chewing gum and thousands of other products.
The companies threatened to jack up consumer prices and lay off workers if the Agriculture Department doesn't allow them to import ...
LOS ANGELES, Aug. 23 (UPI) -- The idea of taxes on "junk food" to help pay for the restructuring the U.S. healthcare system is gaining popularity, experts say.
Public health experts and lawmakers in six states have voiced support for slapping "sin taxes" on high-calorie foods and drinks, such as soda pop, that they blame for an epidemic of obesity and its soaring related healthcare costs, the Los Angeles Times reported Sunday.
WASHINGTON, May 12 (UPI) -- The U.S. Senate is considering levying a tax on sugary soft drinks to help pay for the overhaul of the nation's healthcare system, political sources say.
Unnamed Senate aides told Tuesday's Wall Street Journal key lawmakers are weighing the idea behind closed doors, which the Congressional Budget Office has estimated could yield as much as $24 billion in the next four years to help pay for an expansion of health insurance to all Americans.
"Soft drinks are the only food or beverage directly linked to obesity," Silverglade said, adding the center wants the Obama administration to support state campaigns aimed at reducing soda consumption and obesity.
The current rules conflict with those published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which advises people to choose a daily beverage containing no more than 8 teaspoons of sugar -- less than the amount of sugar found in a typical 12 ounce can of soda, Silverglade said.
76 Ways Sugar Can Ruin Your Health
Contributed by Nancy Appleton, Ph.D
Author of the book Lick The Sugar Habit
In addition to throwing off the body's homeostasis, excess sugar may result in a number of other significant consequences. The following is a listing of some of sugar's metabolic consequences from a variety of medical journals and other scientific publications.
1.Sugar can suppress your immune system and impair your defenses against infectious disease.1,2
2.Sugar upsets the mineral relationships in your body: causes chromium and copper deficiencies and interferes with absorption of calcium and magnesium. 3,4,5,6
3.Sugar can cause can cause a rapid rise of adrenaline, hyperactivity, anxiety, difficulty concentrating, and crankiness in children.7,8
4.Sugar can produce a significant rise in total cholesterol, triglycerides and bad cholesterol and a decrease in good cholesterol.9,10,11,12
5.Sugar causes a loss of tissue elasticity and function.13
6.Sugar feeds cancer cells and has been connected with the development of cancer of the breast, ovaries, prostate, rectum, pancreas, biliary tract, lung, gallbladder and stomach.14,15,16,17,18,19,20
7.Sugar can increase fasting levels of glucose and can cause reactive hypoglycemia.21,22
8.Sugar can weaken eyesight.23
9.Sugar can cause many problems with the gastrointestinal tract including: an acidic digestive tract, indigestion, malabsorption in patients with functional bowel disease, increased risk of Crohn's disease, and ulcerative colitis.24,25,26,27,28
10.Sugar can cause premature aging.29
11.Sugar can lead to alcoholism.30
12.Sugar can cause your saliva to become acidic, tooth decay, and periodontal disease.31,32,33
13.Sugar contributes to obesity.34
14.Sugar can cause autoimmune diseases such as: arthritis, asthma, multiple sclerosis.35,36,37
15.Sugar greatly assists the uncontrolled growth of Candida Albicans (yeast infections)38
16.Sugar can cause gallstones.39
17.Sugar can cause appendicitis.40
18.Sugar can cause hemorrhoids.41
19.Sugar can cause varicose veins.42
20.Sugar can elevate glucose and insulin responses in oral contraceptive users.43
21.Sugar can contribute to osteoporosis.44
22.Sugar can cause a decrease in your insulin sensitivity thereby causing an abnormally high insulin levels and eventually diabetes.45,46,47
23.Sugar can lower your Vitamin E levels.48
24.Sugar can increase your systolic blood pressure.49
25.Sugar can cause drowsiness and decreased activity in children.50
26.High sugar intake increases advanced glycation end products (AGEs)(Sugar molecules attaching to and thereby damaging proteins in the body).51
27.Sugar can interfere with your absorption of protein.52
28.Sugar causes food allergies.53
29.Sugar can cause toxemia during pregnancy.54
30.Sugar can contribute to eczema in children.55
31.Sugar can cause atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease.56,57
32.Sugar can impair the structure of your DNA.58
33.Sugar can change the structure of protein and cause a permanent alteration of the way the proteins act in your body.59,60
34.Sugar can make your skin age by changing the structure of collagen.61
35.Sugar can cause cataracts and nearsightedness.62,63
36.Sugar can cause emphysema.64
37.High sugar intake can impair the physiological homeostasis of many systems in your body.65
38.Sugar lowers the ability of enzymes to function.66
39.Sugar intake is higher in people with Parkinson's disease.67
40.Sugar can increase the size of your liver by making your liver cells divide and it can increase the amount of liver fat.68,69
41.Sugar can increase kidney size and produce pathological changes in the kidney such as the formation of kidney stones.70,71
42.Sugar can damage your pancreas.72
43.Sugar can increase your body's fluid retention.73
44.Sugar is enemy #1 of your bowel movement.74
45.Sugar can compromise the lining of your capillaries.75
46.Sugar can make your tendons more brittle.76
47.Sugar can cause headaches, including migraines.77
48.Sugar can reduce the learning capacity, adversely affect school children's grades and cause learning disorders.78,79
49.Sugar can cause an increase in delta, alpha, and theta brain waves which can alter your mind's ability to think clearly.80
50.Sugar can cause depression.81
51.Sugar can increase your risk of gout.82
52.Sugar can increase your risk of Alzheimer's disease.83
53.Sugar can cause hormonal imbalances such as: increasing estrogen in men, exacerbating PMS, and decreasing growth hormone.84,85,86,87
54.Sugar can lead to dizziness.88
55.Diets high in sugar will increase free radicals and oxidative stress.89
56.High sucrose diets of subjects with peripheral vascular disease significantly increases platelet adhesion.90
57.High sugar consumption of pregnant adolescents can lead to substantial decrease in gestation duration and is associated with a twofold increased risk for delivering a small-for-gestational-age (SGA) infant.91,92
58.Sugar is an addictive substance.93
59.Sugar can be intoxicating, similar to alcohol.94
60.Sugar given to premature babies can affect the amount of carbon dioxide they produce.95
61.Decrease in sugar intake can increase emotional stability.96
62.Your body changes sugar into 2 to 5 times more fat in the bloodstream than it does starch.97
63.The rapid absorption of sugar promotes excessive food intake in obese subjects.98
64.Sugar can worsen the symptoms of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).99
65.Sugar adversely affects urinary electrolyte composition.100
66.Sugar can slow down the ability of your adrenal glands to function.101
67.Sugar has the potential of inducing abnormal metabolic processes in a normal healthy individual and to promote chronic degenerative diseases.102
68.I.V.s (intravenous feedings) of sugar water can cut off oxygen to your brain.103
69.Sugar increases your risk of polio.104
70.High sugar intake can cause epileptic seizures.105
71.Sugar causes high blood pressure in obese people.106
72.In intensive care units: Limiting sugar saves lives.107
73.Sugar may induce cell death.108
74.In juvenile rehabilitation camps, when children were put on a low sugar diet, there was a 44 percent drop in antisocial behavior.109
75.Sugar dehydrates newborns.110
76.Sugar can cause gum disease.111
Futures prices of the commodity stood at 22 cents to a pound, the highest traded prices since 1981 – this, when the rest of the commodity prices have either been stabilising or falling.
Sugar shortages are reported to be the result of a bad monsoon that hit on late in India. Further, the vagaries are coupled with political policies that send mixed signals to farmers in the industry. The political class wants to play it fine in an attempted balance between a profitable industry and a satisfied consumer, engaging in price manipulations. When sugar prices shot up a couple of years back, the government had placed restrictions on sugar exports that led to a sudden drop in demand and in turn, of prices. With sugar prices at a new low, most small scale producers and farmers had little incentive to stay on the business as they shifted to other businesses or to cultivation of other agricultural produce.
With supply having been limited beyond what was desired, the Government indulged in subsidising exports. However, for the supply levels to be matching demand would take well into next year – that has led to the current sugar crisis.
The sugar beet is directly related to the beetroot, chard and fodder beet, all descended by cultivation from the sea beet.
The European Union, the United States, and Russia are the world's three largest sugar beet producers, although only the European Union and Ukraine are significant exporters of sugar from beets. The U.S. harvested 1,004,600 acres of sugarbeets in 2008 alone. Beet sugar accounts for 30% of the world's sugar production.
In the United States, genetically modified sugar beets resistant to glyphosate (marketed by Monsanto Company as Roundup), a herbicide, were planted for the first time in the spring of 2008. Sugar from the biotechnology-enhanced sugarbeet has been approved for human and animal consumption in the European Union. This action by the EU executive body allows unrestricted imports of food and feed products made from (H7-1) glyphosate-tolerant (Roundup Ready) sugarbeets.
WASHINGTON (Aug. 19, 2009)—In a Wall Street Journal advertisement today, America’s sugar producers again begged large food manufacturers to call the American Sugar Alliance (ASA) to be put in touch with numerous sugar sellers looking to unload “extra inventory.”
The advertisement appears exactly one week after a group of industrial sugar users instigated a sugar shortage scare in a national public relations campaign designed to pressure the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) into importing unneeded subsidized sugar.
Their campaign centered around an August 5 letter from multinational food companies to the USDA saying that America would, “virtually run out of sugar,” even though U.S. sugar producers have surpluses they’re trying to unload.
Since last week, the U.S. sugar industry has been unable to locate a single company that doesn’t have enough sugar to make candy, cakes, cookies, or other sweet treats.
On August 12, the USDA released new data showing that the country’s sugar warehouses have 1,252,000 tons of surplus sugar looking for buyers. It also upped ending stock estimates for next year—an estimate sugar industry experts expect to rise further as imports from Mexico start flowing in.
“Hopefully your intent was not to intentionally mislead or scare the nation’s media, the general public, or the Secretary of Agriculture,” the sugar producers’ advertisement continued.
Animal and human studies on individual pesticides have shown that they contribute to an alarming number of health problems like:
Irritation to skin and eyes
Hormone or endocrine system problems
Nervous system damage
Children are especially at risk from the toxic effects of pesticides. Their bodies are still developing and immature, making them susceptible to such damage. In fact, studies by the National Academy of Sciences and the Environmental Working Group have found that children exposed to carcinogenic pesticides are at a high risk of future cancer and other studies determined that pesticide use was associated with an increased risk of childhood malignancies.
Knowing this information, think, then, just how outrageous it is that we shampoo our children with pesticides to kill head lice.
But all of these negative effects have been found largely from studies that typically focus on one individual pesticide. Who, then, is studying the cumulative effects on the body of all the various pesticides we're exposed to, and that we consume, over years?
The EPA's Testing Pesticides on Kids?
That kids are so vulnerable to pesticide exposure is precisely why the EPA chose them to study, and back in October 2004, they were given $2.1 million to do just that. Who were the granters of this large sum? The American Chemistry Council, a chemical industry front group with such big wigs as Monsanto, Exxon and Dow.