August 29, 2014
Taking Aim At Added Sugars To Improve Americans’ Health
Michael Bernstein, American Chemical Society
Now that health advocates’ campaigns against trans-fats have largely succeeded in sidelining the use of the additive, they’re taking aim at sugar for its potential contributions to Americans’ health conditions. But scientists and policymakers are still wrangling over the best way to assuage the nation’s insatiable sweet tooth, according to an article in Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN), the weekly news magazine of the American Chemical Society.
But many health advocates and policymakers are not convinced these efforts are enough. Some argue that although individuals are responsible for their own nutritional choices, unhealthful habits can have long-term economic consequences for everyone in the form of increased health care costs and lower productivity. Curbing sugar consumption through policy, however, is not easy, but some places are attempting to do so through proposed soda taxes and nutrition education.