by Marion Nestle
Jan 18 2017
Sugar politics: catching up
Last week was a big one for comments about sugars. I’m traveling this week but here’s a quick round-up.
- Julia Belluz of Vox explains what sugar is about (I’m quoted) and displays a great graphic of where it hides in food (here’s an excerpt).
- Gary Taubes, author of The Case Against Sugar, summarizes how the sugar industry attempted to manipulate research on the effects of fat v. sugar and heart disease risk.
- Yoni Freedhoff counters with a somewhat different perspective on Taubes’ interpretations and the sugar story.
- A Canadian study shows that two-thirds of packaged foods sold in Canada have added sugar.
- Canada’s new food label is causing a fuss over the sugar listing because it (a) does not distinguish between intrinsic and added sugars, and (b) sets 100 grams per day as the standard amount. Looks like the Canadian sugar lobby won this one.