In truth food in its various aspects – aesthetic – environmental – health – communal and providential – is core moral territory.
Food involves killing – discipline – creativity – generosity – control – respect and gratitude.
It involves taking the world inside the self and therefore sits at the heart of the self-world relationship.
How could it be anything other than moral?
Sugar is no exception.
We want to consider it value-neutral – to believe that eating yourself into limb-loss or endometrial cancer is just some random mechanical event.
Sooner or later though we’ll have to recognise the moral allegory bedded into sugar’s delicious centre – since we can’t fix it if we don’t understand the cause.
You hate that word moral.
It feels like a stricture – so discussing food in moral terms seem dangerously close to fat-shaming.
But morality is just life wisdom – nothing more – nothing less.
Moral rules are those that enhance long-term big-picture health and happiness.
They’re not strictures – they’re gifts.
Consolidated eons of collected insight.