Exploring the sense and nonsense of food and health

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The SAD Diet

;Title: "fast food is the best!"

A  look at the Standard American Diet (SAD) at a glance.  The graphs tell part of the story but do not provide all the answers to a very complicated issue.  Nevertheless, very sad!!


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Test Your Sugar Knowledge?


Sugar (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


A short quiz on how much we know about sugar in the diet.  It’s always a surprise when we realize how much sugar we actually consume every day.    For added sugars, look  on the ingredient labels.  In addition to sugar, look for high fructose corn syrup, corn sweetener, dextrose, brown sugar, fructose, lactose, fruit juice concentrate, honey, invert sugar, malt syrup, maltose, and molasses, glucose, and raw sugar.  Ingredients are listed by weight, so if sugar is listed as the first few ingredients, that product is loaded with it. The American Heart Association recommends that women consume no more than six teaspoons of added sugar every day. And men should consume less than nine teaspoons per day.


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Sugar? Really?


Public relations of high-fructose corn syrup

Public relations of high-fructose corn syrup (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Really??  This is a blatant marketing gimmick. As far as I can tell both sweeteners contain 4 calories per gram.  So what’s so good about using sugar over high fructose corn syrup?  Taste will tell.




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Where is the Sugar?


This is a bowl of white sugar.

This is a bowl of white sugar. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The following article is a very comprehensive and informative review of the sugar content of our diets.   Bottom line:  It is recommended that we consume no more than 13 teaspoons of sugar a day.  It would help a lot if the much needed revised nutrition fact labels would  include added sugars.  For now, the labels have grams of sugar  as total sugars in one serving.  Divide that number by four to determine how many teaspoons of sugar that product contains.

Most of the studies on sugars and health  has concentrated on diabetes and obesity.   Check out this previous post on the seldom mentioned effects of carbohydrates  on cancer risk.  These studies for obvious reasons are cell or animal studies, but it is nevertheless interesting.


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