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Food Industry Continues To Promote Unhealthy Sugar Consumption, Cardiologist Says

May 21, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
A British cardiologist has accused the food industry of pursuing public relations “strategies” that minimize the role of added sugar as a significant cause of diseases and disorders associated with an unhealthy diet. Dr. Aseem Malhotra has urged U.K. health authorities to "act swiftly" to tackle the crisis. Despite warnings from the American Heart Association, and several studies linking sugar consumption with increasing rates of obesity and type 2 diabetes, the food industry continues to promote sugar-laden products, while making it difficult for consumers to tell accurately how much added sugar they are consuming in those products. Food companies also promote sugary sports drinks as essential for athletic performance, but the drinks are consumed in large quantities by non-athletes.
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