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Lustig on NPR this morning. Does this help get part of the paleo message through to the public?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 01, 2012 at 3:44 PM

The topic of the first hour of On Point this morning is sugar and its prevalence in the SAD. Dr. Lustig is one of the panelists, and is putting out good points and numbers about sugar and making recommendations as to what should be done. Do you think this is helpful in getting at least part of the Paleo message across (the no-sugar part)? Will these recommendations really just sway public demand from sugar back to seed oils?

http://onpoint.wbur.org/2012/03/01/regulating-sugar will have an archive of the show shortly after the broadcast is over (it's live at the time of writing). [EDIT: show archive is up on the page now.]

E0250b1e6dc5ec1539ffb745042b4d80

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on March 01, 2012
at 06:41 PM

"Government" is not some abstract concept that is apart from people. People are screwing this up. If it were a private school and some kid had a turkey sandwich confiscated, it would not be the fault of privatization. It would just be people acting stupid! Governments are good at magnifying "stupid" though, and it's partly your fault and mine for making bad vote choices!

725220a3fc595fbb5d96e71bfd690695

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on March 01, 2012
at 06:10 PM

Example of government intervention is the story of the school taking away a lunch of turkey sandwich, banana and apple juice and making the child eat a lunch of chicken nuggets because it was more nutritionally sound. HUH? Some schools have talked about not allowing students to bring their own lunch. Sad.....it will take everyone's involvement to change some of this thinking.

627cf3f5d1ddfb4c2f4c96169420f55f

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on March 01, 2012
at 05:02 PM

The government needs to leave the world alone. The government thinks they know best for everyone. This is NOT true. Folks are beginning to expect the government to help them out and so they sit and wait. This is NOT good.

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on March 01, 2012
at 04:41 PM

The last thing we need is the government getting MORE involved in what we eat. Remember, it was the government that created the food pyramid and pushed it for decades. If the government was in control, we'd all be eating low fat diets composed primarily of grain products, and we'd all be taking statins for our own good to prevent heart disease.

Ef9f83cb4e1826261a44c173f733789e

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on March 01, 2012
at 04:37 PM

I stand clarified.

2fd93e91bb14e641a2bac9c6033e84e2

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on March 01, 2012
at 04:22 PM

I'm not sure that we should regulate individual sugar intake, but the government is the main factor in why sugar is so readily available to Americans- through corn subsidies.

C56baa1b4f39839c018180bf63226f7d

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on March 01, 2012
at 04:08 PM

I tend to lean more towards Caleb's point of view; price floors on cane sugar and corn, and the push to eliminate fats from the diet, all serve to promote sugar. Though I don't anticipate that we would reverse this effect just by removing these forces, adding regulation is probably going to have more unintended consequences.

Bdf98e5a57befa6f0877f978ba09871c

on March 01, 2012
at 04:05 PM

except government intervention is part of the problem. SADly, not enough people are willing to consider that.

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Ef9f83cb4e1826261a44c173f733789e

on March 01, 2012
at 03:59 PM

I think he'll help make progress if he sticks to the facts, but he's a turn-off to a lot of people when he starts talking about government intervention.

627cf3f5d1ddfb4c2f4c96169420f55f

(1621)

on March 01, 2012
at 05:02 PM

The government needs to leave the world alone. The government thinks they know best for everyone. This is NOT true. Folks are beginning to expect the government to help them out and so they sit and wait. This is NOT good.

2fd93e91bb14e641a2bac9c6033e84e2

(1614)

on March 01, 2012
at 04:22 PM

I'm not sure that we should regulate individual sugar intake, but the government is the main factor in why sugar is so readily available to Americans- through corn subsidies.

11b7b7ba720a5cd43c74a0ef99a16adb

(3448)

on March 01, 2012
at 04:41 PM

The last thing we need is the government getting MORE involved in what we eat. Remember, it was the government that created the food pyramid and pushed it for decades. If the government was in control, we'd all be eating low fat diets composed primarily of grain products, and we'd all be taking statins for our own good to prevent heart disease.

C56baa1b4f39839c018180bf63226f7d

(3499)

on March 01, 2012
at 04:08 PM

I tend to lean more towards Caleb's point of view; price floors on cane sugar and corn, and the push to eliminate fats from the diet, all serve to promote sugar. Though I don't anticipate that we would reverse this effect just by removing these forces, adding regulation is probably going to have more unintended consequences.

E0250b1e6dc5ec1539ffb745042b4d80

(3651)

on March 01, 2012
at 06:41 PM

"Government" is not some abstract concept that is apart from people. People are screwing this up. If it were a private school and some kid had a turkey sandwich confiscated, it would not be the fault of privatization. It would just be people acting stupid! Governments are good at magnifying "stupid" though, and it's partly your fault and mine for making bad vote choices!

Ef9f83cb4e1826261a44c173f733789e

(13635)

on March 01, 2012
at 04:37 PM

I stand clarified.

Bdf98e5a57befa6f0877f978ba09871c

on March 01, 2012
at 04:05 PM

except government intervention is part of the problem. SADly, not enough people are willing to consider that.

725220a3fc595fbb5d96e71bfd690695

(254)

on March 01, 2012
at 06:10 PM

Example of government intervention is the story of the school taking away a lunch of turkey sandwich, banana and apple juice and making the child eat a lunch of chicken nuggets because it was more nutritionally sound. HUH? Some schools have talked about not allowing students to bring their own lunch. Sad.....it will take everyone's involvement to change some of this thinking.

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E0250b1e6dc5ec1539ffb745042b4d80

(3651)

on March 01, 2012
at 04:09 PM

Yes. Lustig is awesome. Not only does he reach millions, he was took part in the AHA's reduced added-sugar recommendations about 2 years ago, or something.

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6e37f170409bc1b100c880c57508c5fd

on March 02, 2012
at 02:48 AM

I heard the show. Didn't think Paleo listening to it though. Just yea or nea to taxing sugar.

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