Scientists say sugar is as toxic as alcohol – and there should be a drinking age for soda

Don’t think this will get through but at individual level each can do oneself a favor by not drinking sodas especially at young age. Also, sugar damage accumulates so limiting intakes from young is especially important.

But should we establish a drinking age for sugary sodas? According to UC San Francisco pediatric endocrinologist Robert Lustig, the answer is emphatically yes. He says that added sweeteners have health effects comparable to alcohol and tobacco, and should be regulated accordingly. In a comment piece for the journal Nature, Lustig and his colleagues argue that the state should selectively block access to sugar, using some pretty stiff rules.

They suggest establishing taxes on “sweetened fizzy drinks (soda), other sugar-sweetened beverages (for example, juice, sports drinks and chocolate milk) and sugared cereal.

via Scientists say sugar is as toxic as alcohol – and there should be a drinking age for soda.

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