Commentary: Sweet policies

  title={Commentary: Sweet policies},
  author={Peter Anderson and David Miller},
  journal={BMJ : British Medical Journal},
If we consider harms from addictions and lifestyles in contemporary societies,1 sugar is high on the list of offenders.2 Ecological analyses show that humans have evolved to be active and functional in seeking out sugar from food sources, primarily fruits and honey.3 Indeed, there is an overlap with alcohol, with airborne alcohols from fruit potentially serving in smell driven localisation of sugar-containing food resources.4 5 No wonder then that when sugar is so easily available in such… 


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