History has shown that teaching people what is good for them is not enough. It must be accompanied by restrictions that curb unhealthy habits.
We are all born with a natural preference for sweetness, which through evolution enabled us to know when fruits and berries were ripe and ready to eat. But as Gary K. Beauchamp, a biopsychologist and director of the Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia, has put it, “We’ve separated the good taste from the good food.” Our sweet tooth is no longer working to our advantage.
No one is claiming that sugar-sweetened drinks are the only reason Americans have gotten fatter and developed high rates of Type 2 diabetes. But at no time in history have we eaten more caloric sweeteners than we do today, and soft drinks are the main culprit.