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Published: Saturday, Feb. 8 2014 12:00 a.m. MST

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Kearns, UT

I am in the process of getting over my sugar addiction. It is difficult when we are surrounded by sugar everywhere we go. Look at the treats people bring to work to share, refreshments after church activities, and the drinks we are offered with our meals. It is difficult to overcome.

As I reduce my sugar intake, I am amazed at the overall improvement in my health. I sleep better, cough less, breathe easier, and even have more energy during exercise. We could all do with less sugar in our diets.

Dietrich, ID

Another food faddist telling us what to do. I enjoy sugar and have no major health problems. as do so many other people. And sugar does not cause diabetes as some people think. Don't know this writes religion but Bruce McConkie in Mormon Doctrine railed on wow fanatics.

Provo, UT

The author is probably correct. Eliminating sugar wouldn't hurt anyone and would probably do a lot of good. However,my 99-year-old mother eats a little sugar every day. She is in great health. So, health has to do with a lot more than sugar consumption.

Huntsville, UT

I gave up soda a few years ago and saw an almost complete reduction in the symptoms of IBS I'd been experiencing.

Salt Lake City, UT

Difficult to believe that Jon gave up all sugars. That would include not eating any grains and vegetables (carbohydrates), starches (glucose), dairy (lactose), or fruits (fructose). I am sure he must be referring to simple sugars (sucrose) and processed sugars.

Salt Lake City, UT

I tried something similar but its almost impossible to give up High Fructose Syrup & Hydrogenated oils. So, if do consume them they are way down on the list of ingredients.

Don't ask me to give up caffeine... never going to happen.

John Charity Spring
Back Home in Davis County, UT

This letter is absolutely correct. We live in an era of uncontrolled gluttony. Abuse of and addiction to sugar is a major part of this epidemic.

By and large, the modern media has promoted the idea that people should eat whatever makes them feel pleasure in the moment, no matter what the health consequences may be. This is especially true when it comes to sugar-loaded junk food and desert. As a consequence, the obesity and heart disease rates are skyrocketing. This in turn has caused health care costs to explode and has placed a burden on the entire public by raising taxes and insurance premiums.

Instead of encouraging people to exercise self control and be healthy, the media encourages people to be glutinous and make excuses. The gluttons overindulge themselves and then accuse others for being intolerant

Those who eat too much sugar should be condemned for their selfishness. Hopefully, more will join the ranks of this letter writer by acting responsibly.

Kearns, UT

It's about moderation, Sal. If your 99-year-old mother ate a lot of sugar every day, it is very likely she wouldn't be around right now.

Phoenix, AZ

"I am sure he must be referring to simple sugars (sucrose) and processed sugars."

Indeed. If a person gave up all sugars they'd likely dye of starvation. But, the sugars that are troublesome are found mostly in candy and pop which one should give up... except for the occasional birthday party or such.

"Don't ask me to give up caffeine... never going to happen"

You just might be inclined to give up caffeine when symptoms of Atrial fib or irregular heartbeat shows up.

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