Will sugar kill us?

April 16, 2011 at 5:28 pm 1 comment

This week the New York Times had an article titled “Is Sugar Toxic?”

Words from an author quoted in the article:

“Sugar is not just an empty calorie, he says; its effect on us is much more insidious. “It’s not about the calories,” he says. “It has nothing to do with the calories. It’s a poison by itself.”

If sugar is poison, that means cookies are too and these are not nice words for a cookie baker/blogger/eater.

The article focuses on more than granulated sugar. There is discussion about high fructose corn syrup being “the most demonized additive known to man.” Do we really consume four gallons of it per person per year? Graphic charts accompany the  article.

I’m a believer in everything in moderation but having grown up in an Italian house where every event was planned around a meal, that can be hard to follow at times.  I certainly feel better when I cut back on sugars and starches so I do feel there is some truth in the balance of healthy nutrients in our system.

Does this mean the end of cookies? I hope not.

Full article here. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/17/magazine/mag-17Sugar-t.html?pagewanted=1&ref=health

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Amanda  |  April 23, 2011 at 10:01 am

    I think the snack in a bag mentality our culture has adopted has led to a serious blurring of lines. You used to have crackers and cookies that had different ingredients, now the crackers are all beefed up with sugars, HFCS and chemicals, that before kids even gets to cookies they’ve ingested more than their quota of sugar and fat.

    I am a relentless reader of labels. Having to pack 3 lunches and snacks a day, is no easy task. I work hard to make sure they are getting quality ingredients so that when I feel like it, I can take them to Rockhill to have cookies and Battenkill Creamery chocolate milk.

    PS Your Peanut Butter Blossoms made me smile. We called them Black-Eyed Susans and the way the Kisses would get hard on the outside and then crumble into a gooey melted mouthful after cooling for a minute or two is a sweet memory.

    I look forward to talking with you Tuesday.

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