My friend Robin passed this video along. It’s an hour and a half lecture, which I thought at first would be too long to sit through, but it really sucks you in. Listen to it in the background while you fold laundry, eat your lunch, or whatever mindless tasks you have to do today, and then come back here because I have questions…
Ok, so let’s assume you buy the premise that sugar is a poison, and suppose you are like me – someone who doesn’t particularly have a sweet tooth, but who loves her daily can of Dr. Pepper and who has noticed over the last several months that there is sugar in everything you buy. I’ve been trying to limit our intake of high fructose corn syrup, replacing it with items said to have pure cane sugar instead. But if I am to understand Dr. Lustig’s point correctly, that is not acceptable either.
Did I misunderstand this? And if I did not, what is a person to do, when every product lining the supermarket shelves has some form of sugar listed on the label?
I enjoyed watching this lecture, I feel I learned something valuable (did you know that soda is as dangerous to your health as the same quantity of beer?), but I was so hoping that he would spend some time talking about alternatives. He never really touched on artificial sweeteners (which, I can’t imagine could really be any better for you than the sugars) and unless I was confused, he really didn’t say what we should be eating instead.
Essentially, passing on the soda and the fruit juices is an excellent (albeit entirely difficult for us) first step. And I suspect packaged convenience foods have to be the next to go. That’s another step that’s going to hurt a bit. Ok, a lot. I’m embarrassed how many mornings I just put prepackaged snacks in the kid’s lunch boxes. I’ve replaced Pop Tarts and Cheeze-its with Nature’s Path Toaster Pastries and Annie’s Cheddar Bunnies, but is that not good enough?
I make my own bread (when I remember to do so) and feel really good about the health factor of the resulting sandwiches, but there are still Bunny Fruit Snacks and Nature’s Path Chocolate Chunk Cookies thrown in there to fill out the meal.
I guess what I am asking is this:
- What are some examples of healthy convenient lunches for picky eaters?
- What kind of snacks can I keep around the house that are good for nibblers?
- What healthy make-ahead snacks keep well?
- While fructose and sucrose are to be avoided, is there any kind of sugar on a package label that is OK?
- How do you avoid sugars in your diet without feeling deprived? Or resorting to artificial sweeteners?
I suspect I just have to do more making from scratch. I’m glad I watched this before I headed out food shopping today. I am going to be paying more attention to the labels, and will probably have more to say once I return. I’m looking forward to reading your viewpoints, especially those of you who already live healthy lifestyles and have a little knowledge about this kind of thing.
Me? I’m relatively new to this “eating well” thing, and there’s a definite learning curve to it all!
[edited: I should mention that I don't have plans to go completely sugar-free. I've always felt that moderation is key. Besides, Neil read this post and then called me from work to say that if I take away his sugar, he's taking away my internet connection, LOL! Penny commented with a link that gives another perspective. You should read it, if you're interested in this stuff. Frankly, it all makes my head spin, but in a good way - in a wanting to learn more way, as opposed to a bury my head in the sand and hope it all goes away way.]