25 September 2012
Should Sugar be considered an Addictive Drug?
Dictionary.com defines addiction as “the state of being enslaved to a habit or practice or to something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming, as narcotics” (Dictionary.com) . When one thinks of being enslaved as a habit, they think of the Hollywood version of a habit. Sitting alone in a dark room, feeding the habit, and then hating yourself for it. But, can sugar be considered an addiction by definition. Dextrose, Maltodextrin, Corn Syrup; these and many more are all names for the sweet ninja drug. Sugar has many names, but they all act in the same manner, to sweeten the bitter things in life. This addiction can be seen throughout the nation mostly in health problems, but there are alos some mental problems that go along with being addicted. With something so popular and sweet how we can prevent our sugar crazed nation from going in to a sugar coma? Recently New York Citys' own Mayor Bloomburg has seen the effects of to much sugar. Thus, he has made it illegal to ban any drink bigger than sixteen ounces. Yes, it sounds a little much to just ban drink sizes as a whole, but its a start. There are not really any arguments about sugar not being addicting, other than the obvious 'its natural' argument you can bring up with any drug. But, just like all things in life nothing is good if used in large quantities. But how much sugar is America taking in? NBCNews.com says that an average American consumes about 22 teaspoons a day. American teens are shoveling in about 34 teaspoons (NBCNews.com). Thats about three times more than Americans were consuming thirty years ago. Not only are there lots of extra calories from an extra dose of sugar, but this fix for sugar is much more than just some extra pounds around the waist. The ramifications of taking in an excessive amount of sugar can be seen fairly easy. Weight problems, teeth problems, or...