Tuesday, March 07, 2006

SFGate.com: "Food fight" over Light Syrup

Read it all, but here is one bit:
Assemblywomen Loni Hancock, D-Berkeley, and Jackie Goldberg, D-Los Angeles, say a law initially intended to provide children with fresh produce now could let school districts serve canned fruit in light syrup -- a source of the added sugar that contributes to childhood obesity and the increased rate of diabetes.
Don't you love that phrasing? It suggests that after years of study they finally determined that sugar has something to do with obesity and diabetes. And we wouldn't know it if they had only written "a source of added sugar." Another bit:
Dr. Robert Lustig, a pediatric endocrinologist at UCSF and a renowned expert on childhood obesity, said nothing is a substitute for fresh fruits and vegetables.

"The processing of food takes the good thing -- the fiber -- out of it," he said, adding that today's children have been doomed to obesity.
Is there no hope at all? Even if we put you in charge of a new government agency and give you wide-ranging powers?

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