Sugar: the moral equivalent of war

by Walter Olson on March 2, 2012

At the New York Times, Mark Bittman has proved a durable source of entertainment twice over, first as a purveyor of recipes with a high hit rate of being worth trying, and more recently with a laughably paternalistic opinion column. [David Boaz/Cato, Damon Root/Reason, earlier]


1 DEM 03.02.12 at 11:40 am

From Bittman’s article:

“It’s sold without restriction to everyone, and it’s marketed, with billions of dollars, to children before they can even speak, let alone reason… ”

Madison Avenue has managed to transcend the ability to speak and reason in marketing products? Amazing. I would have thought that dog food ads, for example, were aimed at dog owners. Turns out they must be aimed at the dogs themselves ,which, like the toddlers Bittman mentions, can neither speak nor reason. Soon these dogs will be running into grocery stores and purchasing the most heavily adverstised brands while shunning generics, no doubt.

By the way, why is Welch’s never mentioned alongside Coke and Pepsi by the food police? A glass of Welch’s grape juice, all natural and no sugar added, has as many calories as a can of Coke.

2 Richard Nieporent 03.03.12 at 12:38 am

Bittman is the kind of person who would take candy from a baby! :)

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