The team of Mannie Barling, Ashley F Brooks and Simon Barrett decided to focus our attention on sugar.

The propaganda arm of the High Fructose Corn Syrup industry is the Corn Refiners Association. Their current hogwash is the slogan Sugar is Sugar. In their eyes it matters not where the sugar comes from, sugar is sugar, all sugar is the same. Cane sugar, Beet Sugar, Corn sugar, they are all identical.

This is a clearly ridiculous statement. It does not take a bunch of PhD’s to figure out that there are substantial differences.

Today’s sugar marketplace is further complicated by the seemingly endless number of artificial sweeteners on the market.

The question that we asked ourselves was what are the pro’s and con’s of these different sugars? Are some sugars better for you than others? Or was  the question are some sugars less harmful than others?

In some respects sugar is one of the seven deadly sins hell hidden by Big Food. It joins the ranks of MSG, Sodium, and other additives. For those of you inclined to math, the remaining three deadly sins are, truth in labeling (Particularly GMO use), independent research, and political power.

The story of sugar is a complex one, What role does it play in the alarming rise in obesity rates of recent years? Or the dramatic increase in diabetes?

Obesity in the US cannot be ignored. The stats are showing that it is occurring in younger and younger children. About a year or so ago I was invited to a local high school for a meeting. I was quite frankly shocked by what I saw. It was a feat of engineering hat the buildings foundation did not collapse with all of the weight!

Diabetes is another area of concern, but as Mannie and Ashley correctly pointed out, this problem may have some roots on profits for Big Pharma rather than be a growing trend. By persuading the medical industry to lower the acceptable rates for blood sugar levels, you increase the number of customers for your products. It may sound cynical but it makes a great deal of sense.

If you missed the live broadcast of this episode of Surviving The 21st Century you can listen to the recording here.

Simon Barrett

Mannie Barling and Ashley F. Brooks, R.N., are the authors of the award winning books – Arthritis, Inflammation, Gout, Crohn’s, IBD and IBS – How to Eliminate Pain and Extend your Life (Books and Authors 2010 Best Books in the Health, Diet & Reference Categories); Mannie’s Diet and Enzyme Formula – A Change of Lifestyle Diet Designed for Everyone (Blogger News Net 2010 Best Health And Nutrition Book Award winner) and It’s Not Your Fault – Weight Gain, Obesity and Food Addiction   available at, Amazon, Barnes&Noble, and other booksellers around the world.

The authors latest book, The Food Revolution Papers – A Primer on What’s in Your Food, is due in bookstores in mid-September 2011.

Mannie Barling and Ashley F. Brooks are the co-hosts of Surviving the 21st Century with Simon Barrett on Saturdays at 10:00 A.M. PST/1:00 PM EST and THE FOOD REVOLUTION PAPERS, on Thursday mornings at 9:00 AM PST, 12:00 noon PST, found at or Blog Talk Radio.  More than forty past shows on food and drugs are available at the iTunes Store as free downloads.

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