Should We Be Regulating Sugar Use?
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This weekend, New York Times columnist Mark Bittman wrote about two new proposals to regulate sugar. Florida state senator Rhonda Storms has introduced a bill that would prevent people from using food stamps/EBT cards to purchase candy and sugary foods (it would also outlaw people from redeeming their food stamps at strip clubs -- she is, after all, a conservative Republican). And anti-sugar researcher Robert Lustig has co-authored a paper that calls for, in Bittman's words, "imposing taxes on added sugar or establishing a minimum age for purchase of sodas (they mention 17 in their paper)."
Nanny-state thinking or smart health policy? SFoodie is torn. But with more and more research describing our sugar cravings as addictive behaviors, we're going to see more talk of taxes and "just say no" campaigns in the years to come.