I love sugar, but this article from the Detroit Free Press certainly should make us stop and think. Not just about whether sugar is good for you, (It really isn’t) but why journalists are letting the group which represents corn growers get so much attention:
Honey, brown sugar, high fructose corn syrup: It’s all no-nutrition sugar
With all respect to lovesick Juliet, a sugar by any other name may taste just as sweet.
But it’s also just as devoid of any nutritional goodness, said Susanne Gunsorek, director of food nutrition at Providence Park Hospital in Novi. “Whether from honey or brown sugar or white sugar, they’re extra calories that provide no nutrition.”
Still, like Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers, the Corn Refiners Association knows the detriment of the wrong name; they also recognize the deep love for sugar that has us consuming an estimated 22 teaspoons a day for a whopping 350 calories.
The Washington-based association says that high-fructose corn syrup has been singled out as the sole villain for the nation’s obesity epidemic, and it has asked the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to allow high-fructose corn syrup to be called “corn sugar.”
The association has launched a national campaign to polish the image of high-fructose corn syrup, taking TV viewers through sun-drenched corn rows and farm fields, emphasizing that it is a natural sugar and made from corn…
Enough all ready! Read the rest of Robin Erb’s article and see if you can figure out where she is trying to go with this. I think she is trying to look at the issue with a critical, pro-consumer sort of way. And she does try to balance the piece on page two by adding:
Choose the sugar you like, but focus on moderation, said Jennifer Nelson, director of clinical dietetics at Minnesota-based Mayo Clinic: “We point the finger at the food manufacturers for adding sugars, but we need to look at ourselves, too.”
But sorry, Robin. That’s not enough. Using sugar as a filler or flavoring–especially in foods which aren’t normally thought of as “sweet”–is unconscionable
Cutting back on sugar sounds easy. We all know it is something we should do. But if you don’t even realize you’re eating it–well what’s the point.
Cutting back on processed sugar of any kind–including honey–and eating more fruit is a good place to start. Let’s not forget the expression: Sugar feeds cancer. I just hope I can follow my own advice!
Feel good and keep smiling! Pat