Friday, 10 February 2012

Sugar, the brain and heroin

I was intrigued by a recent article in London's Evening Standard newspaper. The headline read

"Sugar affects the brain like heroin - we must crack down" and it was written by Dr Christian Jesson

I dont often believe what's said in these sorts of articles - but when it comes to sugar and the brain, in this case, I can't agree more with every word that Dr Christian is saying. Sugar is most certainly as toxic to our health as alcohol. After all, the reason why so many people are becoming obese is because there is so much sugar that is readily available wherever you go.

There is a possibility that we will have to start paying tax on sugary foods - but as Dr Christian says, will this just tax the poor even more? What do you think? Do we need to focus more on fat or is sugar the real danger to us all?

Other countries (Hungary) have imposed a tax on all foods with high levels of sugar, salt, carbohydrates and even caffeine. Dr Christian also says that if there is a "fat tax", we are in danger of eating more salt - which leaves us in danger of heart disease.

This is a fascinating subject and one that I am keen to explore further...

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