Friday, May 01, 2015

Sweetener Wars

The Santa Rosa Press- Democrat ran an op-ed by L.A. Times columnist Michael Hiltzik about the supposed effects of various artificial sweeteners. The take away, as he sees it, is there isn't any real evidence that artificial sweeteners are bad for you but sugar itself is a problem. Always have to have a boogeyman, don't we?

Makes no difference to me personally. I don't drink soft drinks, never use artificial sweeteners and don't really use sugar. The exception being whatever sugar is added to processed foods. Regardless, my feeling is people should decide for themselves what foods they want to eat based on whatever information they feel comfortable with.


At 8:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Agreed Fred, I'm worried less about sweeteners and more about sugar. Take a look at this video to see how much sugar is in a Coke vs. a Coke Zero.

Meanwhile, cigarettes do affect my life. From second hand smoke to the affect they have on the costs of heath insurance.

At 8:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Me, I'm more worried about high fructose corn syrup than sugar and yes, I do also worry about chemical additives to my food.

At 9:43 AM, Blogger Fred Mangels said...

" From second hand smoke to the affect they have on the costs of heath insurance"

The second hand smoke thing is nearly non- existent for most people and overblown to begin with.

As far as their effect on costs of health insurance, that's bs, too. Smoking is in a fairly steady decline, and has been for some time. Even more so with the introduction of e- cigs. Yet health insurance costs continue to go up and up. I'd say you're pointing your fingers in the wrong direction if you're trying to blame it on smoking.

At 3:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The insurance industry has some of the highest profits of all industries in the US. Let's face it its pretty ridiculous when you get your bill and they have charged you $500. for an aspirin or $1000. for a pair of crutches its all a huge SCAM!

At 8:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fred reminds me of elite liberals, except he's fallen for the extreme libertarian positions

Just as annoying, just as ignorant

At 10:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To anonymous who mentions food additives, I am concerned about all meat because of antibiotic additives given to overcrowded animals. Wouldn't it make sense that MRSA would be caused by antibiotics and hormones going up the food chain to humans?


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