Freedom Friday: Standing up for your right to eat junk
Love sugar? Better stock up while you still can -- because the next great Nanny State attempt at social engineering will be taxing the sweet stuff right out of your cupboard.
A group of "leading experts" -- including Dr. Robert Lustig, aka the guy who does the anti-sugar rants on YouTube -- is calling on the feds to block, limit, restrict, and tax sugar.
Doesn't matter if you're obese and diabetic with deathly bad eating habits, or slim and trim and just trying to sneak an occasional candy bar. Under their plan, you'd pay through your sweet tooth for the privilege of indulging no matter what.
Now, you know I'm the last person on the planet to defend sugar. If a single ingredient has made more people fat, sick, and dead, I can't think of it.
But I WILL defend your right to feed yourself and your family as you see fit, for better or for worse. You might be nuts for eating sugar, but I've heard the same thing said about me and my steak-and-eggs habit (both of which will be up for sin taxes of their own any minute now).
Besides, there's not a chance in the world that a tax on sugar will lead to healthier people even if it "works" and everyone cuts back.
A junk food junkie is a junk food junkie. If he doesn't get his fix from sugary snacks, he'll get it from something else. Maybe it'll be potato chips and corn crunchies, but I bet it'll just be "diet" sweets made with sugar substitutes like aspartame.
And if there's anything worse for you than sugar, it's aspartame.
Cancer, migraines, brain damage, multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia -- you name it, it's been linked to aspartame. Associated with more than NINETY side effects and counting, this is quite possibly the most dangerous additive ever approved for human consumption.
And that's saying something.
Personally, I think you should skip both the sugar AND artificial sweeteners like aspartame. But that choice should be yours -- not mine, not Dr. Lustig's, and certainly not the U.S. government's.