Exploring the sense and nonsense of food and health

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Put Down That Soda?

taste bud (nerve missing)

taste bud (nerve missing) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here is an excellent article on cutting down on soda consumption – something we all know is a healthy change in our diets.  The article stresses why and how you need to cut back.  The best suggestion (in my opinion) is to try to cut down for a couple of weeks or so.  When you do, you will retrain your taste buds and the next soda or sweet sugary food will be too sweet.  I cut back on salt this way and it worked very well.


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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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