Back in July, this image was shared on the Facebook page of Natural Child World Magazine.
Browsing through their content, NCW seems to predominantly publish fluffy pieces about how lovely it is to be a parent. But they do seem to have something of a bee in their bonnet about sugar.
In itself, this is reasonable. Sugar is likely a contributing factor to rising obesity, especially childhood obesity, and reducing it could plausibly help with that. But the image itself raised a few red flags for me.
It depicts what looks like a display in a school, with several popular drinks cable-tied to a backing board. Below each drink is a transparent plastic bag, which appears to represent the amount of sugar in that drink. As best I can tell, the drinks are 1) a bottle of water, 2) a carton of chocolate milk, 3) a carton of pineapple squash, 4) a can of orange juice, 5) a can of Red Bull, 6) a bottle of lemon iced tea, and 7) a can of Coca Cola. NCW captioned this “Sugar Awareness: This should be displayed in every school.”
Mostly notably for me, the volume of sugar presented as being in the can of Coke seems to exceed the volume of the can itself! I know Coke is notorious for its sugar content, but that seems rather over the top.
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Coca-cola, spice cake, nail polish, and Schedule 1 of the National Health Service (General Medical Services Contracts) (Prescription of Drugs etc.) Regulations 2004. Plus tales from Florida, tales from Italy, Alice getting drunk, and Back to the Future Day. It’s a ridiculous, overlong, and unedited episode of Skeptics with a K. We’re sorry.
Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, migrant bees, surgical instruments, and sleep paralysis. Plus Alzheimer’s, pesticides, Doctor Who, and genetic engineering. Who would fabricate news stories just to get clicks? Certainly not Skeptics with a K.
Episode 36 of our satirical comedy podcast.
Your host is Andy Wilson (@InKredulosi) of the Merseyside Skeptics Society and co-organiser of QED conference.
Appearing this time are:
- Eli Bosnick of The Scathing Atheist podcast and leader of the Magnets, a secretive and sinister magic group based in New York (@elibosnick)
- Geoff Whelan, organiser for Greater Manchester Skeptics Society and co-organiser of QED conference (@Keep_it_Brief)
- Brian Thompson. Comedy writer, podcaster at somethingshow.com and all round good guy (@BrianThompy)
As ever, thanks for listening
Joining Marsh this month is Frank Strasser, an artist and 9/11 truther who runs the website Actors & Artists for 9/11 truth.
Unfortunately, this interview from July 2014 was affected by an issue with recording equipment, which means the last 10 minutes of the conversation was lost – but hopefully you can enjoy the rest of the conversation.
Hello Listeners. I hope you can hear me, because if you can’t we’re in trouble! In this accidental special episode of Skeptics with a K, Marsh talks about what happened when he went to see Peter Popoff in London earlier this year.