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Sugar Is The Most Dangerous Drug Of Our Time - According To Senior Health Official

25.09.2013

Both our physical and mental health is improved by the foods we eat.  Eating a diet high in processed foods means you are eating a diet that is high in sugar because all processed foods contain sugar.  Here in the UK we are the biggest consumers of junk food in Europe.  It is little wonder that the health of the nation suffers as a result.  There are many things you can do to improve your diet starting with swapping your junk food for real food.

 

The following information about sugar may be of interest to you.

Paul van der Velpen, head of Amsterdam's health service, suggests that food and drink with high-sugar content should come with health warnings.

He suggests introducing hard-hitting campaigns similar to the anti-smoking messages found on cigarette packets.

"This may seem exaggerated and far-fetched, but sugar is the most dangerous drug of this time and is easy to obtain," he said.

"Just as with smoking labels, soft drinks and sweet products should come with the warning that sugar is addictive and bad for the health."

According to The Telegraph, Mr van der Velpen cites research claiming that sugar interferes with appetite and makes people carry on eating long after they are full. He then goes on to criticise the food industry of abusing this effect to boost product sales.

"…Whoever uses sugar wants more and more, even when they are no longer hungry. Give someone eggs and he'll stop eating at any given time. Give him cookies and he eats on even though his stomach is painful," he argued.

He says that sugar is addictive and should be taxed in the same way as alcohol and cigarettes.

He also suggests its regulation in ready meals.

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