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Sugar-Coated Nutritional Advice

"I am not struck so much by the diversity of testimony as by the many-sidedness of truth."
- Stanley Baldwin

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Fourteen years ago (March 10, 2000), I was one of 27 Americans to testify before USDA's Dietary Guidelines Committee before they constructed a new Food Pyramid. On that day, after making a Notmilk statement, I found it remarkable that 11 of the remaining 26, or 42 percent had positive agendas supporting sugar.

1) SUGAR ASSOCIATION - Richard Keelor "All recent reviews of the scientific literature...have once again exonerated sugars from having any direct link to chronic disease including obesity."

2) NATIONAL CONFECTIONERS ASSOCIATION - Larry Graham "There is little evidence that diets high in total sugars are associated with obesity...Candy adds to the pleasure of life. Candy consumed in moderation can be a part of an active and healthy lifestyle."

3) HUMAN NUTRITION INSTITUTE - Suzie Harris "Given that dental caries in the United States is declining, one cannot conclude a more restrictive sugar message is warranted...Children like to drink flavored milks and eat flavored yogurts..."

4) NATIONAL SOFT DRINK FOUNDATION - Richard Adamson "At four calories per gram, the same caloric density as protein and other carbohydrates, why would sugars be lampooned for their contribution to obesity as if there were some unique property to sugars not shared by other macronutrients?"

5) CENTER FOR SCIENCE IN PUBLIC INTEREST - Michael Jacobson "Drink your soda pop, eat your candy as your previous speakers have emphasized, but limit yourself."

6) INTERNATIONAL FOOD INFORMATION COUNCIL - Dave Schmidt "Is there adequate science to justify a shift from moderate sugars to limit sugars with respect to nutrient adequacy or chronic disease?"

7) NORTH AMERICAN MILLERS ASSOC. - Betsy Faga "There is no data available to show that moderate consumption of sugars has any deleterious effects to consumers, and such a recommendation would impact foods such as fortified fruit juices and cereals..."

8) GEORGETOWN UNIV. CTR. FOR FOOD & NUTRITION - Maureen Storey "There is no scientific evidence that consumption of sugar per se has a negative effect on health..."

9) AMERICAN SUGAR CANE LEAGUE - Dean Grovois "About 420,000 people in this country work in sugar production...American agriculture is in a state of crisis...The price of raw sugar has fallen...We are teetering on the edge of a terrible disaster. Your decision will have an affect on us."

10) AMERICAN SUGAR BEET GROWERS - Ray Van Driessche "Suggesting a direct relationship between sugar and obesity is not sound is hypocrisy."

11) GROCERY MANUFACTURERS OF AMERICA - Lisa Katic "GMA strongly opposes the new recommendation on limiting the intake of sugar..."

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I prefer the sugar advice given by Ellen G. White in her Ministry of Healing:

"Far too much sugar is ordinarily used in food. Cakes, sweet puddings, pastries, jellies, jams, are active causes of indigestion. Especially harmful are the custards and puddings in which milk, eggs, and sugar are the chief ingredients. The free use of milk and sugar taken together should be avoided.

I have enormous respect for America's greatest practicing physicians who recognize the adverse properties of processed sugar. Doctors like Doug Graham, Michael Klapper, Dean Ornish, and John McDougall, who wrote:

"Sugar will contribute to obesity, elevated triglycerides and cholesterol, and rot your teeth."

Take the advice of those who receive funding from sugar cane and beet growers and sugar processors with a grain of salt.

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"Seek not the favor of the multitude; it is seldom got by honest and lawful means. But seek the testimony of few; and number not voices, but weigh them."
- Immanuel Kant


Robert Cohen

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