Like many teachers and parents, I tried my best to get my students NOT to eat candy or chew gum in class.
However, it was an uphill battle, which I usually lost, as I would find out when the students’ desks were periodically cleaned out.
I kept on losing the battle, even though almost all of my poorer students had relatives who had become obese, had high blood pressure, or had lost limbs or gone blind from the effects of sugar diabetes. I never did a study, but I am willing to bet that all of those relatives had diets high in sweets, bread, soft drinks, and candy.
Sugar is more addictive than crack, some researchers report.
The latest National Geographic has an article on sugar, one that backs up what I tried to say back then.
It points out that a very large fraction of the slaves taken from Africa to the Americas were employed in growing and refining sugar – a murderous enterprise all around, but one that made enormous profits for a few predatory, racist, capitalist growers businessmen and merchants who profited from the misery and deaths of millions of Africans and indigenous people while causing tooth decay and much worse among the population of the ‘civilized’ world.
A little quote from the article:
“…in the 1960s the British nutrition expert John Yudkin conducted a series of experiments on animals and people that high amounts of sugar in the diet led to high levels of fat and insulin in the blood — risk factors for heart disease and diabetes. But Yudkin’s message was drowned out by a chorus of other scientists blaming the rising rates of obesity and heart disease instead on cholesterol caused by too much saturated fat in the diet.”
Note: Yudkin’s research did NOT implicate meat, red or otherwise, nor fat, nor cholesterol as causes for obesity and diabetes. Instead, his research pointed to sugar as the culprit. But the medical and drug establishments completely ignored his data, and said the problem was animal fat and cholesterol. People listened to that advice and began eating fat-free this and low-fat that — stuff that tasted like cardboard. The only way to make that crap palatable was to fill it with “fat-free” sugar, so that’s what the food corporations did. Continuing the quote:
“As a result, fat [now] makes up a smaller portion of the American diet than it did 20 years ago. Yet the portion of America that is obese has only grown larger. The primary reason, says [Richard] Johnson [a nephrologist at the University of Colorado Denver], aloong with other experts, is sugar…’
“Recently the American Heart Association added its voice to the warnings against too much added sugar in the diet. But its rationale is that sugar provides calories with no nutritional benefit. According to Johnson and his colleagues, this misses the point. Excessive sugar isn’t just empty calories; it’s toxic.“