Sugar Addiction – Is It Real or Not?

Majid Ali, M.D.

If you think sugar is not addictive, you are in good company. If challenged you can quote The New York Times to support your point of view.

If you do not think sugar is not addictive, you are also in good company. If challenged you can quote The New York Times to support your point of view.

How can it be so? You ask. Here are the two quotes from The New York Times to choose from:

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Sugar Is Not Addictive

“Eating disorders that result in overeating are real and a serious problem for some people, but the scientific evidence doesn’t indicate that sugar is addictive.”

The New York Times. Dec. 30, 2014


Sugar Is Addictive

“Sugar Season. It’s Everywhere, and Addictive,”

The New York Times. Dec. 22, 2014


If you ask who is quoted where above, here is the answer: The first quote comes from

the vice president of scientific affairs for the Sugar Association. Surprise! Surprise! Please do not tell me that you did not know that Sugar Association has a department of scientific affairs.

The second quote comes from a cardiovascular research scientist at Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute and an assistant professor at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York. No surprise there.

I anticipate your next question: Why would The New York Times print the quote from a senior official of the Sugar Association? I leave the answer to your imagination.

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