UPDATE: The Canadian Sugar Institute (CSI) claims 13-year-old Ryan Storm is twisting the truth (stay classy, folks!). Even if Ryan hadn’t been silenced, the sugar lobby addressing students on healthful eating is problematic.
Don’t ask the food industry too many questions!
That’s what Canadian teenager Ryan Storm learned this week when he attended a Canadian Sugar Institute presentation at his high school. Ironically, the talk was on how sugar can be part of a healthy diet.
Canadian newspaper Globe and Mail has more details, including how school board officials did not know about the presentation until it had already happened (!), and the sugar industry’s brazen claim that “higher intakes of total or added sugars are associated with lower incidence of obesity.”
As we explained in yesterday’s post, notice how once again the sugar industry — which is in the business of added sugar — lumps its products with those that naturally contain sugar. A diet rich in fresh fruit is simply not comparable to one high in added sugar.
FYI: The Sugar Association (United States) always has a booth at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ conference expo. One talking point: added sugar can help make vegetables more palatable to children.