June 9, 2011

For The Record (Three Things Thursday)

There's an awful lot of garbage out there that doesn't have any sugar in it.

There are also a lot of names for sugar in ingredient lists, geared specifically to sound healthier than sugar:
cane juice crystals, dehydrated cane juice crystals, unrefined cane juice crystals, raw cane crystals, washed cane juice crystals, Florida crystals (a trademarked name), unbleached evaporated sugar cane juice crystals, crystallized cane juice, and unbleached crystallized evaporated cane juice. There are also products with such names as organic dehydrated cane juice, unbleached sugar cane, evaporated cane juice, and evaporated cane juice sugar. (Tragedy of Commons).
My first reaction when hearing “evaporated cane juice” was “isn’t that… sugar?” It is. All of these products are still sugar. They metabolize the same as sugar. The companies using these euphemisms are trying to trick you into believing their product is healthier for you than sugar. They are lying to you. Personally, I don’t like being lied to.

Also, it’s really easy to make your own taco seasoning when you discover the one you purchased contains sugar.
1 tbsp chili powder
1/4 tsp. garlic powder (I used real garlic)
1/4 tsp. onion powder (I used real onion)
1/4 tsp. crushed pepper flakes (didn’t have any so left this out)
1/4 tsp. dried oregano (who knew?!)
1/2 tsp. paprika
1 1/2 tsp. cumin
salt and pepper to taste

I promise I'll stop talking about sugar (or the lack thereof) soon.


Joycical said...

Don't forget about the things that are effectively sugar (metabolized the same). Agave nectar seems to be the trendy one but I've read that it's just as unhealthy as high fructose corn syrup

RoseRunner said...

sugar and salt. they're in everything. and I compound all problems by adding them to everything myself...I just added salt and syrup to my almond butter "quesadilla". yup, I'm american