There are a number of important points articulated in this piece, starting with the fact that blaming “liquid calories” or high fructose corn syrup for complex health conditions, such as obesity, is not at all accurate. There is nothing unique about the sugars found in beverages, nor can the body distinguish them from naturally occurring sugars. What’s more, the American Medical Association has concluded that high fructose corn syrup is not a unique contributor to obesity, and this New York Times article puts this topic further in perspective: Quite simply, sugars are sugars and should be consumed in moderation like all foods and beverages. Last, but not least, we agree with the major takeaway of this piece, that individuals are perfectly capable of making these personal choices for themselves. Government interference will only prove unproductive, costly, and add additional bureaucratic red tape.
-American Beverage Association