Get Your Regs Out of My Cupcakes!

Regulating our sugar intake is none of the government's business. Please get your nose out of my cupcakes!

Many topics find my email inbox, upwards of 300 emails a day find doris@dorisgentry.com.  People rant. We are a vocal society. I like rants. Sometimes I do it myself.

And this one, well, it really has my brain fired up – Sugar is Toxic. OK – Mrs. Obama has been on a mission to improve food at schools – I like that idea – who wouldn’t? In fact, I agree with eliminating soda vending machines on school grounds. As parents we need to help kids and offer healthy choices. But that word, choices. That is where I like things – I like people to have choices, not over-regulation & over-rulings.

Here is information from our very own UCSF, whom I typically love and adore, but not on this idea:

“Sugar and other sweeteners are, in fact, so toxic to the human body that they should be regulated as strictly as alcohol by governments worldwide, according to a commentary in the current issue of the journal Nature by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).”

Making more laws and regulating us from ourselves is ludicrous. Sure we should not overeat. But do not tax or regulate me if I go back for seconds at the buffet.

Too much sugar is a problem and today we see the increase in diabetes as a result of too much sugar and NOT ENOUGH exercise. The two go hand-in-hand.

I am the first bad girl of the Napa unhealthy, I work at a desk hours a day, in and out of the car, not enough exercise. I put myself on a sugar-free/gluten-free diet, eliminated sodas, stopped most fast food plus a few other things to improve my health. But fact is, I have to start a more vigorous exercise campaign to actually melt fat. Will UCSF soon say ‘Lack of exercise needs to be regulated? Every person put a pedometer on, walk 1.5 miles a day. If not, you will be taxed and/or health insurance premiums go up?”

[Recently I saw a shoe with a GPS & Pedometer built into the sole. That makes it easy for each person to be monitored. I can loan my shoes to my neighbor, she walks too much anyway, and she can do my walking too!]

Is too much sugar a bad thing? Yes. Is not enough exercising a bad thing? Yes. But this is my body and my right to destroy this body or not.

Government, stop meddling and get out of my way.

Alcohol can be misused and cause a drunk-driving accident and therefore it is regulated – can you say the same about sugar? When is the last time a sugar overdosed driver caused an accident?

The UCSF researchers go on to say “added sugar . . . . has been as detrimental to society as alcohol and tobacco.”

When I eat my chocolates is the person next to me subjected to second-hand fumes from said chocolate thereby causing them to also become addicted?

Really, where does this stop?

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Doris Gentry February 13, 2012 at 12:43 AM
Thanks Joanie - I agree. We need to be more aware of what is in our food and we need to make healthier choices - but it needs to be our choice. Not the government or anyone else. We decide to get healthy. And when we do, we reap rewards a-plenty - meanwhile, we are stuck with our fragile aching bodies. That is the price of bad choice!
Kim Reid February 13, 2012 at 01:12 AM
Regulation of a commodity food by the government is absolutely not called for. Doris is right that letting that camel's head in the tent will only guarantee that he's coming in the rest of the way. Educating people has done wonders for altering eating habits. Think of how many trends we've gone through where carbs are the culprit, fat is the culprit, salt, etc. People listen, follow, and influence food producers by what they demand and buy! On the other hand, school cafeterias should reflect the healthy diet standards that the health class teaches, especially when low income children's lunches are being paid for by our tax dollars. I don't want them being fed inferior non-food!
Doris Gentry February 13, 2012 at 03:29 AM
Thanks Kim - that is exactly correct - and what a vision the Camel in the tent offers. Education is the main avenue to a healthy life. That is what made me give up sugary foods myself. Not a law or a tax, education - it works and we need to trumpet the tools that help people help themselves.
Bill Carter February 13, 2012 at 04:03 AM
Wow, simply another example of Republicans trying to undiscover fire! Good for you, Doris. Keep it up. The good news, is that you will be able to keep your Obama derangement syndrome for another 12 years by making these comments about what Michelle is trying to accomplish in getting people to be a little more healthy. We need to take our country back. At this point, at least back to the year 960. Sugar bad for us? Why, we don't even have overweight people! What are those scientists and all their facts thinking?
John K. Ruch February 13, 2012 at 05:12 AM
I believe the point of the proposal to regulate sugar was to mitigate the cost we all pay for the harm that the consumption of sugar causes. If your tax dollars go towards treating people that cannot afford health care with diabetes because they consume too much sugar, does it not make sense to try to reduce the cause by regulating sugar consumption and preventing diabetes? It has been proven without doubt that over consumption of sugar is unhealthy. Then again, perhaps we should look at the degree to which the gov't provides subsidies for corn growers that sell their corn to companies that produce high fructose corn syrup. Why do we regulate tobacco and alcohol if education alone would prevent over consumption?


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