The Sweet and Lowdown on Sugar-- New York Times

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The Sweet And Lowdown On Sugar Kelly D. Brownell and Marion Nestle The New York Times, January 23, 2004 To lose weight, people must eat less, be more active, or both. The first part of that prescription, of course, raises the question, ''Eat less of what?'' For the World Health Organization and most nutritionists, one obvious answer is sugars. But the United States and American food companies seem to have a different idea. Last spring, the W.H.O. and another United Nations group, the Food and Agriculture Organization, issued a report called ''The Expert Consultation on Diet, Nutrition and the Prevention of Chronic Diseases.'' It suggested a strategy of dietary changes for individuals, including limits on sugar consumption, as well as policies that might make it easier for people to eat more healthfully. The United States Department of Health and Human Services should have applauded, but instead it produced a 28-page, line-by-line critique centered on, of all things, what it called the report's lack of transparency in the scientific and peer-review process. Although the department framed the critique as a principled defense of scientific integrity, much evidence argues for another interpretation -- blatant pandering to American food companies that produce much of the world's high-calorie, high-profit sodas and snacks, especially the makers of sugars, the main ingredients
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