September 19, 2013
Paul van der Velpen, managing director of internal administration for the GGD in Amsterdam, said that “sugar is actually a form of addiction. It’s just as hard to get as smoking.”
Velpen explains that diets do not work because sugar is addictive and therapy is needed for overweight persons to shed their excess body fat.
Velpen blames the food industry for making “use of this mechanism” by making “food products sweeter.”
This leads to “poor nutrition”, disturbed the “balance in our body” and causes ‘addiction”.
As a member of the Dutch government, Velpen suggests that stringent phorbadance be instilled and “the use of sugar . . . be discouraged” by the rule of law.
Velpen states that “users should be made aware” with labels, much like those on the outside of a pack of cigarettes.
Installing a “sugar tax” on the consumption of processed sugars would be mandated of the Dutch people while “health insurers would have to finance their addiction therapy obese clients.”
Schools would no longer be allowed by law to sell candy or soft drinks. Indeed, “producers of sports drinks that are bursting with sugar should be sued over misleading advertising and so on.”
Velpen warns: “This may seem exaggerated and far-fetched, but sugar is the most dangerous drug of the times and can still be easily acquired everywhere.”
Interestingly, the position of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) is that if Americans eat what the federal government recommends than “consumers can safely enjoy a range of nutritive sweeteners and nonnutritive sweeteners (NNS).”
Instead of using sugar, a plethora of synthetic substitutes are on the market and sold to the general public as a healthy alternative; however they are anything but.
One such sugar substitute is Stevia.
Traditionally, Stevia was used to “prevent pregnancy” and “some researchers have expressed concern that stevia might have an antifertility effect in men or women.”
The World Health Organization (WHO) admitted that oral administration of S. rebaudiana (Stevia) “was reported to cause a severe, long-lasting reduction in fertility”; however results of testing were “poorly specified or of variable quality.”
Based on this, there is an assumed “safe” dose of Stevia. Currently there is no official “safe” dose of Stevia.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) have reported that Stevia caused prepubescent rates to have a significant reduction in testosterone production over a period of 60 days.
This means that the effect that causes infertility is still effective over time; even if given small doses over a period of time. There is a cumulative effect to Stevia.
Another dangerous substitute is aspartame.
According to the European patent , this artificial sweetener is derived from the feces of genetically modified E. coli bacteria.
The patent mentions “cloned microorganisms” when referring to the genetically modified E. coli bacteria. These organisms are engineered to an enlarged peptide that is used to create aspartame.
These bacteria produce proteins which contain the aspartic acid-phenylalanine amino acid segment used to manufacture the sweetener.
Recently, Ben Sheidler, spokesman for Coca-Cola, explained that the corporation has a new ad campaign that aims to reassure customers about the safety of artificial sweeteners such as aspartame.
Entitled, “Quality Products You Can Always Feel Good About,” the advert “will highlight the benefits and safety of low-calorie and artificial sweeteners found in the Atlanta-based soft drink giant’s beverages.”
The ad stated: “Time and again, these low- and no-calorie sweeteners have shown to be safe, high-quality alternatives to sugar. In fact, the safety of aspartame is supported by more than 200 studies over the last 40 years.”
According to the Aspartame Consumer Safety Network (ACSN) fact sheet , the chemical causes:
• blurred vision
• blindness and other eye problems
• memory loss
• slurred speech
• personality changes
• stomach disorders
• anxiety attacks
• muscle cramping and joint pain
• loss of energy
• symptoms mimicking heart attacks
• hearing loss and ear ringing
• loss or change of taste
Aspartame was introduced into the general public’s food supply with the passage of the chemical under guidelines of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1981.