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Old 02-13-2009, 06:08 PM
 
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why or why not?
but shoudnt there be some kinda classification or warning label on anything cotaining it??it has all the the characteristics of a drug

1.alters behavior
2.addictive
3.causes health problems

Sugar can suppress the immune system.
Sugar can upset the body's mineral balance.
Sugar can contribute to hyperactivity, anxiety, depression, concentration difficulties, and crankiness in children.
Sugar can produce a significant rise in triglycerides.
Sugar can cause drowsiness and decreased activity in children.
Sugar can reduce helpful high density cholesterol (HDLs).
Sugar can promote an elevation of harmful cholesterol (LDLs).
Sugar can cause hypoglycemia.
Sugar contributes to a weakened defense against bacterial infection.
Sugar can cause kidney damage.
Sugar can increase the risk of coronary heart disease.
Sugar may lead to chromium deficiency.
Sugar can cause copper deficiency.
Sugar interferes with absorption of calcium and magnesium.
Sugar can increase fasting levels of blood glucose.
Sugar can promote tooth decay.
Sugar can produce an acidic stomach.
Sugar can raise adrenaline levels in children.
Sugar can lead to periodontal disease.
Sugar can speed the aging process, causing wrinkles and grey hair.
Sugar can increase total cholesterol.
Sugar can contribute to weight gain and obesity.
High intake of sugar increases the risk of Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.
Sugar can contribute to diabetes.
Sugar can contribute to osteoporosis.
Sugar can cause a decrease in insulin sensitivity.
Sugar leads to decreased glucose tolerance.
Sugar can cause cardiovascular disease.
Sugar can increase systolic blood pressure.
Sugar causes food allergies.
Sugar can cause free radical formation in the bloodstream.
Sugar can cause toxemia during pregnancy.
Sugar can contribute to eczema in children.
Sugar can overstress the pancreas, causing damage.
Sugar can cause atherosclerosis.
Sugar can compromise the lining of the capillaries.
Sugar can cause liver cells to divide, increasing the size of the liver.
Sugar can increase the amount of fat in the liver.
Sugar can increase kidney size and produce pathological changes in the kidney.
Sugar can cause depression.
Sugar can increase the body's fluid retention.
Sugar can cause hormonal imbalance.
Sugar can cause hypertension.
Sugar can cause headaches, including migraines.
Sugar can cause an increase in delta, alpha and theta brain waves, which can alter the mind's ability to think clearly.
Sugar can increase blood platelet adhesiveness which increases risk of blood clots and strokes.
Sugar can increase insulin responses in those consuming high-sugar diets compared to low sugar diets.
Sugar increases bacterial fermentation in the colon.
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Old 02-14-2009, 07:49 AM
 
Location: Where the sun likes to shine!!
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Of course it shouldn't be classified as a drug. Then we would have to add caffeine and cigarettes. Most things in moderation are fine. Thanks for the list. Now sugar scares me.
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Old 02-14-2009, 09:26 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Since when were caffeine and tobacco not considered drugs? o.O
But I do agree that sugar doesn't possess drug characteristics when consumed in moderation (that I'm aware of). . . So no.
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Old 02-14-2009, 09:48 AM
 
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Don't let the government in on this theory, or we will be losing our Twinkies and Ding Dongs.
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Old 02-14-2009, 10:45 AM
 
Location: Central Texas
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Really. As said above, anything in excess can have bad effects. Including DHMO.
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Old 02-14-2009, 12:11 PM
 
Location: USA
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hummm, I do like sugar so I guess you would call me a drug addict
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Old 02-14-2009, 12:24 PM
 
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You know..I do wonder now that the FDA and USDA have combined...

I would say no because all food can be considered a drug because of what it can do to you or for you.
But still..I think it was harder and more uncomfortable to give up caffeine and sugar than cigarettes. Isn't that crazy? I would actually start laughing at myself because I knew I was doing the typical smoker fits when I removed them from my dietary intake. Plus if you call it a drug they may start charging drug prices! LOL
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