“Sugar, in fact, is the same drug along with alcohol and tobacco. Sugar use should be tightly regulated and consumers should be educated about the consequences of sugar consumption, ”writes the head of the Dutch health service Paul van der Welpen on one of the official websites.
Van der Welper cites a study that says that, unlike fat or other foods, sugar affects the body in such a way that it wants to eat more and more - this property is used by food manufacturers to increase the consumption of their products.
“Those who eating sweets, they cannot stop, even if they no longer feel hungry. Try giving someone, say, eggs and they will stop eating them as soon as they are full. But once you give a person a cookie, he will eat it even in spite of stomach pains, "says Van der Velpen.
" Sugar is a form of addiction. He is as difficult to get rid of as he is to tobacco addiction. Diets have only a temporary effect. It is best to carry out special therapy against sugar addiction. ”
Van der Velpen proposes to introduce a special tax on sugar, as well as to legislate the maximum percentage of sugar in ready-made food. In addition, he considers it necessary to place special inscriptions on the packages of sweets and non-alcoholic sugar-containing drinks (by analogy with the inscriptions on cigarette packs), which will warn people that sugar causes addiction and worsens health.
"Insurance Companies must fund the treatment of sugar addiction for overweight clients. Schools should ban the sale of sweets and sugar-sweetened soft drinks. Sports drink makers, whose sugar content is off the charts, should be held accountable for misleading advertising, ”he says.
It contains sugar, a lot of easily digestible, simple sugar, and it can, to a certain extent, be addictive, similar to narcotic. In addition, it contains caffeine, which also acts as a drug. This combination will not be more addictive than strong tea with cake.