This article entails the letter of a very famous critique by Paul Van der Velpen with his terrific points on the obsession of every normal human being – the love of sugar. In this write-up he establishes sugar as a drug that is becoming a huge threat to our species. A unique kind of disaster just waiting to happen. It is indeed something worth reading.
Now, with an English translation from the original text in Dutch, we can also have a glance at his views on the dangers of sugar. His first point was that sugar is now a pervasive health threat. He points out that it is the most dangerous and addictive substance in this century. Sugar is no longer pointed out as a harmless sweetener; it is now classified as a threat to humankind.
He wants the community to be aware of the harmful effects this “drug”, as he calls it, is capable of triggering. He also discusses the issue on obesity and how it has dramatically risen throughout the years. He points out how obesity has caused a number of health malfunctions like metabolic syndrome and cardiovascular disease. It has also become a host to chronic ailments that has caused the chain reaction that powers the health care system’s million dollars industry.
Also, he states that exercise cannot reverse this vicious cycle. He even discusses in exact detail the actual science of sugar in comparison to fat and protein in our body. The food industry claims that sugar “taken in moderation” is okay but Van der Velpen claims otherwise. He explains that sugar intensifies food cravings that causes people to eat more than what is required by the body.
He adds that this so called drug interrupts the normal routine of food metabolism that will further the addiction. He notes in his letter that this could be the most dangerous drug of all time. He says, “The use of sugar should be discouraged and users are to be made aware of the damage it can make”. He also compares the products in Europe and the United States to have less and more sugar, respectively.
Yet despite the difference, there is still a need to cure this growing endemic in Europe with its sugar consumption. He even states that it’s just as hard to get rid of the urge to take sweet foods as it is to quit smoking. Even dieters frequently don’t meet the expectations of the type of diet they seek to follow. He suggests addiction therapy for obese patients who have gone too far to notice that it was a problem in the first place.
Most importantly, he cites that Amsterdam has long tolerated the use of the typically restricted substances such as the cannabis plant because it does not harm the body and is not a threat to the public. As a matter of fact, people pay more to get that plant in their bodies. On the other hand, sugar should be taken more seriously because excessive amounts could have long-term effects.
Van der Velpen hopes that people and leaders of the nation would take time to consider the truth behind this shadow-bearing drug and take action right away. Paul Van der Velpen has his point on the matter—everyone else does too. But he has points that are realistic and are happening at this very moment. Indeed, there are many institutions and companies to blame. However, the fingers still point back to us as consumers who believe in their marketing strategies.
The change starts within us. It’s never too late to stop and there are many ways to prevent this “drug” from taking a toll on us.