Thursday, March 25, 2010

Sugar, sugar, you little devil you


Meet the new bad guy—sugar. Sugar contributes to diabetes by signaling more insulin, which may or may not appear. It makes you cranky if you’re under 5 (why that stops, no one says, and some question if that’s even true in the younger set).

Sugar makes you fat—especially if combined with chocolate and nuts into a candy bar or a nice cookie.

Our caretakers over in Washington tell us we need no more than 25 grams of the stuff for women and 37.5 grams for men. Well, not actually NEED—we don’t NEED any—they just came up with a number for us.

OK—what is that in real numbers?

A 12-oz can of Coke—39 grams.

The problem is sugar is in everything—even in salt. It’s in lunch meat, bread, low-fat meals and Activia yogurt.

Bottom line (in every sense)—we eat about 88 grams a day.

Sugar occurs naturally in fruit as fructose and in milk as lactose. That High Fructose Corn Syrup—good heavens, it’s just about a crazy act of self-destruction to eat or drink any of that stuff. Why not grab some hemlock and be done with it?

Look on labels for ingredients that end in "–lose."

Catsup—that’s the one that gets me. Full of sugar.

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