Sunday, November 26, 2006

One lump or two lumps?


The amount of sugar we consume in a day is amazing. We consume refined sugars in the form of sucrose (table sugar), dextrose (corn sugar), and high-fructose corn syrup which is processed into so many foods such as bread, breakfast cereal, peanut butter, ketchup, spaghetti sauce, and a plethora of "goodies".

Have you ever noticed on food labels there are no %DV (percent daily value) given for Sugar? I think if there was a percent value given for sugar it would be a lot lower then the amount we ingest in a typical day.
With all the "lumps of sugar" being bonked into our heads, especially during the holidays, it is no wonder why we are not able to control our diets, we get sick with the flu/colds, and then get depressed. My goal these days has been to cut out as much as possible the refined sugars from my diet and to find alternatives for my sweet tooth cravings.

8 comments:

Lana said...

As I was reading this post, I was also thinking about and glancing at the "Hershey's Chocolate Nugget" that is sitting on my desk. And I know I don't really want it. And I know as soon as I eat it, I'll want another. And then I'll eat a few more and get mad at myself. So, on second thought, I think I'll throw that poison away. Thanks for a great reminder, Papa Louie! I love to hear read your posts on nutrition.

JeffM said...

Great reminder! Diabetes is increasing at a huge rate and all you have to do is look at the shelves by each cash register to see why.

Kim said...

This is something I have started working on, trying to eliminate all the 'whites' and sugars from my diet. It has actually proven more difficult than I thought-there's lots of hidden sugars out there.

colleen said...

Great post. Within the past few years I've been made more aware of sugar and how much is in certain things! I've been using splenda to sweeten and being very aware of sports drinks and the amount of sugat they contain!

neese said...

my eyes were opend to High Fructose Corn Syrup this year, it was a report on the Colbert Show I think...anyway, whenever i see it in the ingredient list I put it down, my dh is 100% with me on it as well.

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Paul said...

I was just thinking about this, since I picked up a cold after turkey week. I've definitely been cutting back on sugar. I'm usualy pretty good, but now I'm being even more vigilant. Especially in the off season :). My theory is to get the most natural product. Stay away from the synthetic food products, it's just not meant to be. Thanks for the reminder.

-Paul

DaisyDuc said...

What a timely reminder...really must think about this!!!

Also definitely open to trainer video suggestions if you have some!