The Secrets of Sugar – The Fifth Estate – CBC News

The Secrets of Sugar – The Fifth Estate – CBC News

Published on Oct 6, 2013 –  We’ve heard about the dangers of eating too much fat or salt. But there has never been a warning about sugar on our food labels – despite emerging research that suggests the sweet stuff is making more of us fat and sick. 

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  • Abert  On 03/16/2014 at 7:05 pm

    This is really giving it to King Sugar. Hardly use it in my home. Splenda is many times sweeter without the calories. The best of two worlds.

    • Kman  On 03/22/2014 at 5:45 pm

      Yes, but are you aware of the dangers of Splenda?

      • Abert  On 03/23/2014 at 4:23 pm

        You mean that it help to maintain the desire for sweet tasting food in consumers, and (2) in the processing functions some kind of chlorine residue remain in the end product. Those I am aware of. The neutral and authoritative sources I have covered reported no known side effectives. I would love to hear new scientific information on this, or any related subject. But please from credible authoritative sources.

  • de castro  On 03/17/2014 at 1:04 am

    My friend
    Sugar has been with us for centuries…
    Your sugar substitute was only registered as “splenda” in 2002
    one of the many patented new “drugs” in the market.
    As a naturalist I try to avoid all new fads being introduced
    in the markets especially when its claims “sounds too convincing”
    to be true…call me sceptic/cynic.
    There is almost a cure for every diseases in the
    Amazonia…maybe even cancer…
    .barks/leaves of plants etal…natural medicine.
    20 years ago I was diagnosed with cancer of colon.
    Within hours I was operated on and the malignant
    Tumor removed….knife saved my life.
    Since then I have avoided consumption of any
    solid or liquids without reading the labels first
    on the packaging…
    Once bitten twice shy

    Prevention may be better than cure.

    To each his own…the choice is yours.

  • Abert  On 03/17/2014 at 3:40 am

    The only thing is that Splenda is not a drug. Its sugar with the chemicals causing calories removed and with no known side effects. A great find for diabetics and people who must watch their sugar intake. Its been taking away the market for natural sugar so much that the sugar association sued and lost……..trying to extract money from the product manufacturer. I did my research on this one.

  • Clyde Duncan  On 03/17/2014 at 6:07 am

    Scientists in Britain stumbled upon this synthetic [Splenda] while researching a new formula for pesticide. Our body does not recognize this chemical formula as food, so “no calories” – but, some chemicals may be absorbed in your system – we are guinea pigs. Do your own research:

    • Abert  On 03/17/2014 at 11:08 pm

      So here is an OB/GYN specialist writing for a weight loss magazine, mentioning what scientist have found with Splenda without footnoting the scientific sources, writing about POTENTIAL danger. Selling a weight loss product in the article. Where is the credibility?

    • Clyde Duncan  On 03/18/2014 at 2:38 am

      I honestly could not care less what you think about Splenda, or if you ingest more than enough for you and me – for when someone at Tate & Lyle says to another, “test it” and he misunderstood the instruct to mean “taste it” – and found the compound so exceptionally sweet, they decided to take out a patent – I will say it again, I honestly could not care less what you think about Splenda, or if you ingest more than enough for you and me…!! This might be your only warning.

      • Abert  On 03/18/2014 at 5:44 pm

        My friend its nothing personal. I use to tell young students that one of the ways to learn is by questioning. Be a bit of a skeptic and discuss issues with your associates but without arrogance or anger. In the end all should be better off because of it.

  • de castro  On 03/17/2014 at 4:42 pm

    With “sugar” on my mind I was out shopping in my local town Crawley UK
    today….my favourite “Arabian green grocer” ..{lebonese owners)had a metre length of
    sugar cane (raw not burnt as is way of increasing sugar content before
    reaping) …
    there was no price tag on display so I decided to ask in store….
    It was £5 A metre….@346GUYD to pound that equates to
    Wait for it…$1730 GUYD a metre….
    Question who is making all this profit.?
    I will accept the job as “sugar ambassador” to Euroland
    in title …expenses paid ….ha ha !
    My Spanish friend agri scientist has grown sugar cane in Motril
    near my farm …on coastal land facing the med sea successfully…
    but its sugar content is low…less addictive…ha ha…
    He told me he will try burning before reaping but regulations
    forbid “fires” during summer months…however he will harvest
    later in summer to increase sugar content.
    Can’t wait to tell him my experience/story price wise.!!! He won’t believe
    Me !!
    We never stop learning ….experiences teaches fools.


  • de castro  On 03/17/2014 at 4:43 pm

    Did manage to read your attachment…thanks

  • de castro  On 03/17/2014 at 11:37 pm

    It certainly raised more questions than answers…
    I will continue to sweeten my tea and coffee
    with Demerara (made in Mauritius tesco brand labled) golden brown sugar
    and use honey in my cereals for breakfast…also marine salt and ground
    black pepper acorns ….all natural foods…
    We are bombarded with so many Frankenstein foods /drinks today
    that reading labels has become a prerequisite before putting in shopping trolley
    Scary indeed !
    At 70 risking life and limb not as dangerous …but for our children and grandchildren its risky…Russian roulette !
    R I P

  • de castro  On 03/18/2014 at 8:45 am

    Not wishing to “add wood to fire”..the choice is simple.
    One either believes or disbelieves.
    The GOD issue in religious beliefs.
    The science issue similar….
    Scientist should focus their energies in proving there is a GOD
    Not that there isn’t one.
    My jury is out on that issue.
    On “splenda” any man made substitute I question.
    My jury has decided unanimously on that issue.

    Natural foods and drinks my first choice.


    • Abert  On 03/18/2014 at 6:21 pm

      “Scientist should focus their energies in proving there is a GOD
      Not that there isn’t one”
      My friend, I am sure you know, this is a topic to be very careful with. From your postings I could see you are a very mature person, not everyone is the same. Age don’t necessarily means wisdom or maturity. All kinds posts on these boards.
      Back to the quoted topic. Two of my best friends are pastors. Educated Guyanese who turn to religion. When we meet we argue 24/7 on religious topics but we never get angry with each other. We end up never changing each other either, its more a learning process.
      I am not Catholic. In fact I don’t belong to anything. Have you ever heard of the Physicists Paul Davis and Stephen Hawkins. Or the biologists Francis Collins, Director of the Human Genome Project and others. These guys have written extensively on religious topics, that is all they do..

  • gigi  On 03/18/2014 at 6:53 pm

    “We’ve heard about the dangers of eating too much fat or salt. But there has never been a warning about sugar on our food labels – despite emerging research that suggests the sweet stuff is making more of us fat and sick.”

    The sweet stuff that is making us sick is the unhealthy, unnatural, and artificial sweeteners and other sweeteners such as high fructose corn syrup that are wreaking havoc with our body because these sweeteners increase sweet/sugar cravings making us want more.

    I’ve never heard of anyone getting “sick” from eating fruits and vegetables – both food groups have natural sweetness that are good and healthy. Why does “poptart” – a crappy but favorite of American kids have four different versions of sweeteners (high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, sucralose, dextrose) . When I started reading food labels instead of just buying stuff because of looks and taste, I quit buying a lot of the junk that is being sold as food. I also see too many people walking around with a two litre bottle of soda that they guzzle down in one day, probably more than one, too. How disgustingly greedy and stupid.

    • Abert  On 03/18/2014 at 7:39 pm

      Gigi, you are the exception. There is no warning about the intake of sugar on food labels but on the other hand many of the ad for food, with high sugar content, targets the young, who are not into reading labels. One of the major problem in the U.S. is obesity and diabetes. Could even lead to liver problems (cirrhosis, fibrosis).The body unable to deal with the large intake of sugar. But attempts to restrict sugar contents in foodstuff result in legal challenges as happened in New York. People claim we infringed on their right to take in the unhealthy foodstuff. So we end up paying for them in hospital with our tax dollars.

  • de castro  On 03/18/2014 at 8:52 pm

    Catch 22.

  • guyaneseonline  On 04/06/2014 at 3:58 am

    Sugar Expose: Dr. Sanjay Gupta on 60 Minutes
    MrKimchiNinja We’ve known all this since Weston Price observed the effects of sugar in the 1930s. And again decades later with John Yudkin. And witnessed it with the explosion of obesity and metabolic syndrome in the USA. When are people are going to get it?

    • de castro  On 04/06/2014 at 7:35 am

      Just returned from southern Spain after planting/pruning trees on my
      farmland…..chessnuts wallnuts hazelnuts and almond.
      As am 400m above sea level spring comes early but winters can be cold
      Olive and almond do well … brought to area from north Africa by moors
      before removal by Christian crusaders….history.

      Sugar and in particular cane sugar is a natural food that I enjoy as much as a
      richly fortified red wine….for different reasons but both sweet tasting and addictive. Am a man of simple pleasures who enjoys life for life itself.
      I do not indulge but try to consume in moderation. Science won’t change
      my taste….but did find video informative.

      Reading writing in disagreement I find more interesting than all the literature
      we are bombarded with in the “daily rabbles” ….which I only read occasionally.

      In my readings and writings I like to focus on the “political” rather than the
      “economic/religious” messages as these are so inter-related one can be easily
      confused…..our future is certainly more political than eco-religious
      although influenced by both.

      Forever the optimist !

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