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Compare And Contrast Essay

2158 words - 9 pages

Joseph Halabi 
Mrs. Ciallella  
English 8C 
March 23 2015 
The Bitter Side of Sugar  
Sugar has always been an important and influencing factor in our lives, although most of 
the time we don’t realize it. It is a product that is quite available in many places around the world 
since it is very affordable, yet is so misused by the majority such as food giants that use it in 
order to hook consumers, the reason for this is that sugar is cheap, sugar tastes good and sugar 
sells, so companies have little incentive to change. The overuse of sugar in hyper­processed food 
affects the American consumer negatively, causing obesity, cancer, addiction and other diet 
related diseases. 
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 Moreover, a growing body of epidemiological and mechanistic evidence argues that 
excessive sugar consumption affects human health beyond simply adding calories. If people 
around world are truly concerned about public health, they must consider limiting sugar/fructose 
— and its main delivery vehicles, the added sugars sucrose and HFCS — which pose health 
threats to individuals and to society as a whole. If researchers are right about added sugar 
calories being so catastrophic, then major consequences follow for all sugar consumers around 
the world. 
The Western diet has negatively influenced consumers around the globe. Laura A. 
Schmidt, a Professor of Health Policy in the School of Medicine at UCSF, offers her analysis in 
the ​
Health ​agazine “Sugar Overload” that over the past 50 years, consumption of sugar has 
tripled worldwide, meaning more people are becoming obese and suffering from other critical 
health conditions related to sugar.  Every country that has adopted the Western diet — one 
dominated by low­cost, highly processed food — has experienced rising rates of obesity and 
related diseases. There are now 30% more people who are obese than who are undernourished. 
Sugar consumption and processed food not only affect the American consumer, but the whole 
world in general since western food culture have shifted on to other parts of the globe. 
Additionally, a study from the World Health Organization (WHO) ​
in 2012 showed that an 
estimated 56 million people died worldwide from noncommunicable diseases, which is 68% of  

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all deaths globally in 2012, up from 60% in 2000. The 4 main NCDs are cardiovascular diseases, 
cancers, diabetes and chronic lung diseases. Cardiovascular diseases killed 17.5 million people in  
2012, that is 3 in every 10 deaths. Of these, 7.4 million people died of ischaemic heart disease 
and 6.7 million from stroke. ​
Importantly, sugar induces all of the diseases associated with 
metabolic syndrome. This includes: hypertension (fructose increases uric acid, which raises 
blood pressure); diabetes from increased liver glucose production combined with insulin 
resistance; high triglycerides and insulin resistance through synthesis of fat in the liver; and the 
ageing process, caused by damage to lipids, proteins and DNA through nonenzymatic binding of 
fructose to these molecules. ​
The saddest part of all this is that more people in the world die due 
to sugar overload and western eating habits that lead to cardiovascular and many other 
diet­related diseases, rather than them dying from other death­leading factors such as drugs, 
criminals, military losses, and gun control and shootings. 
Mass food producers are selfish and profit­driven. As Michael Moss states in the NPR 
radio interview, the “Bliss Point”, which is sugar, is an important focus of the food industry. 

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