Now the article isn't completely without merit. I agree that things such as sweetened yogurt and sweet condiments like barbeque sauce can pack a whole lot of sugar. My problem is the lack of differentiating between the sources of the sugars.
For example, while red apples and regular milk do contain sugars, these are naturally occurring sugars that if consumed in reasonable amounts can be included as part of a healthy diet. These two foods are also loaded with lots of other nutrients like vitamin C, calcium and vitamin D. What really irked me was the suggestion to keep milk consumption down to 1 cup or as the writer put it "About the size of one latte".
I'm sorry, but since when is a latte okay but a couple of glasses of milk are taboo? What this writer doesn't realize is that adequate calcium intake has been linked to improved body composition (meaning better lean muscle mass and improvements in weight reduction). I think it's great to get calcium from other sources like broccoli, but the few grams of sugar in a glass of milk is hardly a good reason to avoid it.
Yes the apple has sugars, but it also comes with fibre. Yes bread contains sugars, but it also varies depending on the kind of bread. For example a loaf of whole wheat bread will have more complex sugar that takes the body longer to break down compared to white bread (even if it comes from the bakery).
Nutritionism is a dangerous thing. It focuses people in on the wrong things about food and makes them lose the big picture of "what am I actually eating".
Whole foods, local foods, balanced eating....period.