Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Not All Sweetness and Light?


There have been many stories recently about the negative influences on the health of consumers of sugar (such as obesity, type 2 diabetes and tooth decay). Now there is disturbing news about the very high incidence of fatal chronic kidney disease (ckd) amongst sugar cane cutters in Nicaragua (http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/feb/16/-sp-nicaragua-kidney-disease-killing-sugar-cane-workers). The reasons for these fatalities in relatively young but poor workers is, as yet, unclear but some people believe it is related to the harsh, hot conditions under which the cutters labour (in spite of rest periods and water provision being specified). Yet another reason for reducing our extraordinary intake in the UK?

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