Quitting Sugar Is Not The Answer

Domino Foods Inc. brand sugar sits on display at a supermarket in Princeton, Illinois, U.S., on Tuesday, June 4, 2013. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations will release its monthly food price index on June 6. The index, a measure of the monthly change in international prices of a basket of food commodities, consists of the average of five commodity group price indices including meat, dairy, grains, oil and sugar. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Domino Foods Inc. brand sugar sits on display at a supermarket in Princeton, Illinois, U.S., on Tuesday, June 4, 2013. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations will release its monthly food price index on June 6. The index, a measure of the monthly change in international prices of a basket of food commodities, consists of the average of five commodity group price indices including meat, dairy, grains, oil and sugar. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images

It seems to me that sugar is this year's dietary boogeyman. True, the die-hard anti-gluteneers and a dwindling faction of low-fat zealots are still out there. But, diet fads come in cycles, and all the cool kids are back on the sugar-free bandwagon. Those of us who've spent a lifetime in the diet cycle understand the pull of ingredient-panic, and the virtuous thrill of being able to say, "Oh, I don't eat that anymore. I mean, don't you know it's poison?"