Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Peanuts, Sugar, and STDs
Warning: May Contain or Had Contact with Peanuts
How many times a day do see this on a food label?
Peanuts are a big deal to the 1.3% of the population that are allergic to them. It is especially bad luck to the hundred or so people in our nation of over 300 million who die from anaphylaxis each year by eating peanuts.
To the powers that be, I say if we take such drastic steps to label billions of items with peanut warnings to benefit 4 million people and prevent 100 deaths a year -- shouldn't we also make labels that impact even more people and result in even more deaths?
I have two examples that impact just about everyone in the country, not just 1.3% of us.
First of all, have you ever noticed that nutrition labels display recommended daily percentages for fat, sodium, protein, and cholesterol, but not sugar? There is some science debate on what a recommended daily amount of sugar should be, but the main reason this is not on the label is effective lobbying by the big food conglomerates who have found that sugar is a key ingredient to profitability.
It is no surprise that people love sugar and we consume much more sugar than prior generations. The last thing big food companies want is people looking on a label seeing how much sugar is in their food and how much it exceeds healthy limits. There are over 25 million people in our country with diabetes, representing about 8% of the population. Some experts project this could grow to over 30% of the population.
Recognizing and warning people about the hazards of excessive sugar consumption is many times more important and valuable to society than peanut labels. People should have the choice of deciding what they eat and drink, but they deserve to have the same information about sugar on nutrition labels that they already have for fat and other ingredients.
The other warning that is needed more than peanut labels is one like this:
Warning: Promiscuity can lead to chlamydia, gonorrhea, hepatitis, herpes, HIV, HPV, syphilis, infertility, abortions, fatherless children, emotional distress, divorce, drug and alcohol abuse, and even death.
There have been recent actions by the White House raising the issue of sexual assault on college campuses. We don't have a major problem of women and men being attacked by strangers, it is sexual assault by people they know. It has received a lot of media attention including a Time magazine cover story.
In looking for a solution for this out-of-control situation, liberals overlook the best and safest solution to the problem. Conservatives recognize the old fashion rule of avoiding promiscuity altogether and that waiting for marriage is the best way to avoid all the problems that impact millions of people every year who ignore grandma's good advice. Living with the life changing negative results that come from embracing the sleep around, hook up culture is a bad move.
Perhaps we should make one more label for people that engage in such harmful behavior:
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