Dangerously High Sugar Consumption: How Big Is the Problem?

A consumer group, the Center for Science in the Public Interest, is urging the government to determine a safe level for added sugars in sodas and sugary drinks to reduce "dangerously high sugar consumption."

USA Today reports a consumer group, the Center for Science in the Public Interest, has filed a petition with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, accompanied by a letter signed by 41 nutrition scientists and physicians and the public health departments of 10 major cities.

The reason for the petition? The Center for Science in the Public Interest says a diet high in high-fructose corn syrup and added sugars is linked to an increased risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, gout and tooth decay. And about two-thirds of adults and one-third of children in the USA are overweight or obese.

"The FDA has an obligation to review the safety consumption of sugars and set safe levels," CSPI executive director Michael Jacobson is quoted as saying. 

The alternative to added sugars? Beverage companies can use natural, non-caloric sweeteners and sweetness enhancers instead. 

A spokeswoman for the FDA said when a petition is filed, the agency reviews it and responds directly to the petitioner.

What do you think about the petition? Are consumers not capable of making decisions when it comes to what they eat and drink? Or does the government have an obligation to protect us? Tell us what you think in comments. 

Susan February 14, 2013 at 11:08 PM
Well it is a fact that sugar and HFCS are bad for our health, but all the health warnings never stopped smokers and the alternative sweeteners are no better for our health. Our whole food system is broke and the toxins in our environment are out of control and it highly likely they are the catalyst for the increase in diseases, syndromes, learning disabilities, ADHD, cancer. auto immune syndromes and the list goes o. These will keep happening at astronomical rates if we don't change it. Most people are attached to the instant gratification of it all and choose not to see it. It is too inconvenient.That being said I don't think that the government should need to regulate our lack of self control except for the fact that when people get sick then it has become a collective problem so round robin it goes. Unfortunately too it affects people who want to stay to the food our grandparents had because it gets increasingly harder to fight what big companies like Monsanto have done. If people keep ignoring it I fear the affects will be devastating but perhaps it is just natural selection.


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