Sugar is Dangerous Drug: Dutch Health Official

Tuesday, 17 Sep 2013 01:02 PM

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Paul van der Velpen is the head of health services in Amsterdam, a city where marijuana is legal. Yet he is pushing for tight control of sugar, with regulations similar to those for alcohol and tobacco.  "Just like alcohol and tobacco, sugar is actually a drug," he wrote on an official public website. "There is an important role for government. The use of sugar should be discouraged. And users should be made aware of the dangers.

"This may seem exaggerated and far-fetched," he continued, "but sugar is the most dangerous drug of the times and can still be easily acquired elsewhere."

According to London's Telegraph, van der Velpen says that research shows that sugar interferes with the body's ability to regulate appetite and creates a voracious urge to eat more.

"Sugar upsets that mechanism," he wrote. "Whoever uses sugar wants more and more, even when they are no longer hungry. Give someone eggs and he'll stop eating at any given time. Give him cookies and he eats on even though his stomach is painful," he argued.

"Sugar is actually a form of addiction. It's just as hard to get rid of the urge for sweet foods as of smoking. Thereby diets only work temporarily. Addiction therapy is better."

Van der Velpen wants limits on how much sugar can be added to foods by manufacturers. He also wants warning labels added to sodas and other sweet productions that state "sugar is addictive and bad for the health."

To read the entire Telegraph article, go here.

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