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Human beings do not need sugar

"Seriously, it's not a case of we need to eat less sugar, it's a case of not needing to eat sugar at all", Tom Watson - Downsizing In 1972, renowned physiologist and nutritionist, Prof John Yudkin argued the case in his book, 'Pure, White and Deadly'. "First there is no physiological requirement for sugar", he wrote. "All human nutritional needs can be met without having to take a single spoon of white, or brown, or raw, sugar, on its own or in any food or drink. Secondly, if only a small fraction of what is known about the effects of sugar were to be revealed in relation to any other material used as a food additive, that material would promptly be banned." When you realise this, you can't help but see that the food industry, driven by so-called Big Sugar operations, has fundamentally reformed the fundamental basic assumptions that underpin our relationship with food, diet and nutrition. Once you accept that sugar is not a nutritionally necessary part of any food stuff, it is hard to not feel real anger at the absurdities of the manufacturers producing lower sugar versions of their products, which needn't have had sugar added in the first place. Our taste buds and our expectations have been re-engineered to make us pliant addicts to a product that, as human beings, we don't need and that has potentially deadly consequences but which we have been trained to desire and expect in every mouthful. "We accept the reality of the world with which we are presented" - The Truman Show.

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