25 May 2007

Strange Places to Not Find Sugar

A few days ago, I noticed something odd about the tube of toothpaste in our house. I really wasn’t looking at anything in particular when I noticed the following printed on the back of the tube: “No Colgate toothpaste contains sugar.”

I thought that was really strange. Why would a tube of toothpaste have to declare, even in the smallest way, that it’s sugar-free? In The Road to Wigan Peir, George Orwell wrote, “We may find in the long run that tinned food is a deadlier weapon than the machine-gun.” I suppose that somewhere out there toothpastes are made with some form of sugar; the complete antithesis of dental care it would seem.

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