It appears that now it is a challenge to even advocate for “recommended” sugar levels in foods! The Center for Science in the Public Interest has filed a petition with the Food and Drug Administration urging the agency to identify a safe level for added sugars in beverages.
That seems like a “no-brainer” to me. Why wouldn’t you want to know what sugar level is safe? High-fructose corn syrup and other added sugars are “generally recognized as safe” by the FDA. The problem is that many groups believe that, although these sugars are generally safe, they are not safe when used at the levels and concentrations commonly found in soda.
All the Center for Science is asking the FDA to do is study the issue and set recommended safe levels for sugar. But, opponents say, “not so fast!” They think that we shouldn’t start blaming one component of the diet for something as complex as obesity. To me, that’s false logic.
As I have written previously, obesity is a complex topic, and no one factor can be held totally responsible for the country’s current challenges. However, when we do find something that so clearly contributes to obesity, we should take action. Setting a “safe” level for sugar in soda seems like a good first step. At least then, manufacturers and, more importantly, consumers will be able to make informed choices when they purchase and consume sodas.
What do you think? Should the FDA set a “safe” level for sugar in soda?
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