Graham MacGregor, the chair of Action on Sugar, has been speaking to the newspapers again. This can only be a good thing for those of us who want to see the ‘public health’ racket discredited and destroyed. MacGregor performs a valuable service with his swivel-eyed rhetoric and transparent lies. Just as it is useful to have inept British Medical Association spokespeople talking obvious rubbish about e-cigarettes, so it is important that unhinged fanatics like MacGregor be given enough rope.
Sample pronouncements from MacGregor:
Sugar is the deadliest threat facing Britain today, and yet it is all but ignored by politicians and sold in every town across the country, said Graham MacGregor, professor of cardiovascular medicine at the Wolfson Institute, Queen Mary College, University of London, and chairman of the health pressure group Action on Sugar, which wants urgent government action.
“The socially deprived and children are being targeted heavily by very clever people and it’s a disgrace. Fast-food outlets are in socially deprived areas and every one is selling fat, sugar and death.“
“But it’s not just the socially deprived,” MacGregor added. “There are all these TV chefs – their food is not much better.”
Seriously, anyone who thinks that sugar is the deadliest threat facing Britain today is barking mad.
Perhaps a few people will now finally realise that the senior ranks of the British medical profession have quite simply collectively lost their marbles. Along with most of the people in the WHO.
In the past we were only being told that it was only smoking that was killing us, and more or less everything else was okay. And a lot of people took the warning seriously, and stopped smoking. But now we’re being told that a lot of the stuff we thought was okay is actually killing us as well. More or less everything is killing us. And that surely rather dilutes the original antismoking message. If sugar and salt and fat are killing us anyway, why worry about smoking? In fact, why worry about any of it at all?
This is the position I’ve been occupying for some time now: I don’t believe any of it. There was a time when I half believed some of it. But now I think it’s all complete nonsense, and I pay no attention to any of it.
As far as I’m concerned, sugar is just an energy food. And this was brought home to me when I was a 23-year-old student, and had just done an energy audit of my typical daily diet, and found that I was only getting half my calorie requirement from the solid food I was eating. At first I wondered whether it was because I was small and thin, and needed a lot less energy than most normal people. But then I realised that, while I’d counted all the calories in the solid food I was eating, I’d forgotten about the mugs and mugs of hot sweet tea that I spent drinking throughout the day. And when I added them in, I found that I was actually getting my full calorie requirement after all. It was just that half of it was coming from hot sweet tea. Which seemed a bit much, somehow. And so I started eating more solid food, and cutting back on the spoonfuls of sugar in the tea. And coming up on 45 years later, I’m still going pretty strong. And still drinking tea all day, but with a great deal less sugar in it. And the sugar hasn’t been killing me. On the contrary, sugar has been keeping me alive. It’s well understood how sucrose is converted to glucose, which, delivered in the blood stream, is the principal source of energy for all the organs in a body.
Also keeping me alive will be the dessert I ate this evening: chopped bananas and cream, with lovely white sugar sprinkled over them. There was sugar in the bananas, and sugar in the cream, and there was of course sugar in the glistening white crystals of sugar.
Which also reminds me of how, when I got a tiny bit worried by a sugar scare back in the 1980s, I decided to stop buying white sugar, and use brown sugar instead. Why? Because since brown bread and brown rice was supposed to be better for you than white bread and white rice, obviously brown sugar must also be better for you than white sugar. Well, it stands to reason, doesn’t it? I kept it up for a whole 3 weeks before I ran out of brown sugar bought at some distant and very expensive health food shop, and went back to cheap and abundant white sugar.