Sunday, 30 October 2016

The Evil Sugar.



The well-meaning, as well as government departments, have been constantly warning us of the dangers of over-consumption of sugar. It makes us obese, possibly causes Diabetes, and shortens our life expectancy.

                          

I was amused (and somewhat horrified) to see recently that a bag of bio, healthy, artisan-made, throat pastilles, apparently including honey made by 'free-range' Bees on the Bio Mont Ventoux, are basically 99.99999% Sugar. 

Sugar (the main ingredient) is of course Sugar. Glucose Syrup is Sugar. And Honey, which is basically a combination of Fructose and Glucose, is also Sugar.

So, 200 gms of Sugar, dressed-up as healthy throat pastilles (and costing €4.30 no less), turns out to be just as unhealthy, and obesity inducing, as a cup full of granulated sugar; with a tiny, tiny, bit of Honey flavouring.

Could you honestly imagine yourself filling a cup with 90% sugar, and 10% honey, and eating it to soothe a sore throat? No, nor would I.

No wonder the Sugar industry is fighting back.




31 comments:

  1. And "sans colorant" very healthy.

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    1. Yes, I'd forgotten to mention that. Thanks.

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  2. Almost impossible to avoid, when I developed diabetes I started checking the contents of everything in cans, it's amazing to discover where sugar turns up.

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    1. Tomorrow evening I shall be adding to the sugar overdoses of our local children.

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  3. Better to make your own hot toddy for your throat.

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    1. Honey and Lemon. Not that I have a bad throat.

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  4. I once went looking for a pack of ham that didn't contain sugar, but they all did.

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    1. When I made Ham, and Bacon, etc, I always used some Sugar with the Salt as a dry curing mix. Commercially I expect they use a lot!

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  5. Well…thank goodness there is no colouring in them!

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    1. Yes, I suppose one has to grateful for THAT.

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  6. We do try here to eat as little sugar as possible - we don't have puddings (fruit instead), cake (fruit instead, but the farmer has a slice of cake each week-end day for tea) and a bag of sugar lasts me for ages. But I fear that there is so much 'hidden' sugar in tinned foods that we get more than our fair share there.

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    1. I haven't eaten sugar since I was first married. Lady Magnon was HORRIFIED that I put Sugar into my coffee, and she banned me from ever doing it again.

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  7. ..... and how on earth is neat sugar going to help a sore throat ?!!!! The world is going mad !!!
    Have a lovely Sunday Cro ..... what's on the menu ? XXXX

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    1. Long slow Roasted Belly of Pork, with no added Sugar. One of my favourite dishes.

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  8. The artificial sweetener Aspartame is actually worse than sugar and it is that which is causing people to put on weight, for it creates both hunger and thirst.

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    1. But I expect Cream Buns play a part too.

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  9. At our local bookshop if you buy anything they give you a free packet of werthers original toffees. Deadly.

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    1. Get those kids coming back for more... good marketing, good for the Dentist too.

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  10. At least the bees were free-range. I hate to think of all those caged bees in factory apiaries.

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    1. Not to mention those indoor caged Sugar Beet.

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  11. I use very little sugar (none in tea or coffee) and try to keep processed foods to a minimum. It was a grocery shop cashier who taught me to check the sugar content listed in very fine print on the back of Greek yoghurt containers. I still thank her for revealing widely differing numbers.

    Best wishes.

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    1. It pays to check every pack. It's amazing how much Sugar there is in quite ordinary products. The same can be said for Water.

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  12. We take in so much sugar daily; even bread has sugar added to it! So I bake my own bread with no salt and no sugar - tasteless but we are used to it. No sugar in coffee or tea either. Better on the teeth too.
    Greetings Maria x

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    1. Maria, I bet your bread is delicious...I'd toast it and add butter...or...Marmite...or both.

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    2. Doesn't the Yeast require Sugar to work?

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    3. I make them into rosette shaped Frances, thank you.
      Cro, I started making bread years ago. I bake once a week and freeze it. I use to add a spoon of sugar to the yeast and I slowly decreasing it until I stopped putting it altogether - it works well even without.
      I used to have sourdough, but unfortunately I let it die last year when I was away ill.
      X

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  13. It's scary how much sugar is added to food, especially where supposedly 'healthy' products are concerned. It might be zero percent fat, but look carefully and you're in for a nasty shock.

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    1. This (above) is a classic example. Pretending to be healthy, but in fact is the total opposite.

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