Researchers around the world have come to the conclusion that the consumption of refined sugar is detrimental to the health of people without diabetes and disastrous for those with it.
Although the exact causes of diabetes are still not fully understood, excessive sugar consumption is known to indirectly play a role. A high sugar intake may not by itself cause diabetes, but it can be a major contributing factor to weight gain and obesity — factors that clearly promote diabetes.
For years, dietary experts blamed fat as the root of obesity. Millions of people diligently reduced their fat intake, but they were still fat. Researchers then began to realise that many people who were taking fat out of their diets were replacing it with sugar — for example, cookies that were free of fats but loaded in sugar and calories.
The Government should stop subsidising the price of sugar since sugar is nothing less than a toxic substance.
The recent 20 sen increase in each kilo of sugar means that the government will still end up subsidising a sinful sum of RM1 billion in 2010, based on a subsidy of 80 sen per kilogram. Malaysians consume an average of 26 teaspoons of sugar per day. This sweet indulgence has resulted in nearly 1.2 million Malaysians with diabetes, more than 98% with Type 2 diabetes, which is strongly linked to high sugar consumption.
Sugar feeds cancer. The affinity of cancerous tissue for sugar (glucose) is well known.
A study that monitored the diets of 80,000 healthy women and men from 1997 to 2005, found that the risk of developing pancreatic cancer is related to the amount of sugar in the diet. 131 people in the study eventually developed cancer of the pancreas. Most at risk were those who drank high quantities of fizzy or syrup-based (squash) drinks.