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Mar 17 2011

Are You A Sweet Person?

Published by at 1:16 pm under All,Food/ Shopping,Miscellaneous

Recently someone asked me this question, and for a moment I was stunned, thinking “Err… I think that is for you to judge…” Hehehe, thank God that I didn’t say it out loud, or else I would embarrass myself. :P

Actually she was making a joke, what she meant wasn’t really “are you a nice person” as I had thought. It was all about having sweet tooth.

Well, my immediate reaction was denial, just like the drunkard denies that they are drunk, LOL! I was only thinking that I usually ask for reduced sugar in my food – Milo kosong, barley kosong, soy milk kosong, kopi kurang manis, etc, so naturally I could be classified as not having sweet tooth.

But I have forgotten all about the desserts that I love to bake, a new hobby picked up in the last 2-3 years! Imagine, the last lemon meringue pie that I baked, it uses around 1+ cups of sugar in total, and I alone finished about 1/3 of the pie in just 2 days. In addition, I was also made aware of the ‘hidden sugar’ that I potentially have taken with large portions.

white-sugar

Talking about sugar and sweet tooth, generally there are 2 groups of sugar that we take in – Naturally Present Sugars (that is found in fruits, vegetables and honey) and Added Sugar (that is added into processed food or during cooking). Most of the added sugars are plant based, like corn syrup solids, glucose syrup solids or sucrose.

The more we talked about this topic, the more I felt guilty and worried.

My mom was struck with heart attack 3-4 years ago, and was saved with angioplasty. After which, doctor has been monitoring her conditions, particularly her blood sugar. Yes, sugar, not just cholesterol! Excess sugar can cause her heart attack to return!! In fact, excess sugar causes so many problems. Apart from heart attack, it leads to diabetic (also our family’s hereditary problem), high blood pressure, obesity and dental caries.

Now my grandma and my mom both have to observe strict sugar diet. Both cannot eat food that is sweet naturally, with added sugar or even carbohydrate. White rice, white bread, potatoes, sweet potatoes, and fruits… all these, although do not have added sugar, are very harmful to them.

Due to the hereditary issues, I also restrict my children from eating candies, sweets and chocolate. My children used to be very obedient in this manner, and would listen to me (although sometimes they would beg). As they grow up, it gets more challenging because they either see their friends eating candies hence pestering me or been given by other adults (I honestly very upset about this, so please don’t give them any if you meet me, okay?)

Anyway, controlling candies/sweets/chocolates/etc is not enough. When we think of ‘sweet food’ we often overlook the other food with added sugar. Imagine, these things that my children and me consume frequently have lots of sugar: bread, biscuits, juices, milk, tomato sauce, crackers, etc, you name it!

Food With Added Sugar
Food with added sugar

Most of the time if you read the label you can identify the added sugar in the ingredients. Some are named in the scientific names like glucose, sucrose, lactose, fructose, maltose, whatever-tose. Some are listed as syrup (e.g. corn syrup, glucose syrup). Sometimes, the manufacturers group all the added sugar with other carbohydrate and just list them as carbohydrate. The higher content of carbohydrate, the higher sugar it has. No wonder I often read that the carbohydrate level is so high in fruit juices, and was puzzled where the carbo come from?! It is the added sugar!!

With my love in baking, we consume even more sugar! But I really, REALLY love baking. Geez, what should I do? Even with reduced sugar in my recipe, there is still plenty of added sugar in my diet. What should I do? What should I do???!!!! :p

So, are you a sweet person? Do you read the labels when you buy food/drink from the store? Do you check out the sugar content as well? How do you control your children when they want sweet stuff, or been given sweet stuff by others?

Suzette

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4 responses on Are You A Sweet Person?

4 Responses to “Are You A Sweet Person?”

  1. claireon 17 Mar 2011 at 9:08 pm

    I am not sweet looking but I am a sweet person! simply love to take anything sweeeet! :p

  2. EMYYLon 21 Mar 2011 at 12:50 am

    lucky the question was not “are you a salty person”….;p

  3. suzetteon 21 Mar 2011 at 4:47 pm

    claire: you have sweet tooth? Got to watch out… :p

    EMYYL: Hahaha, ‘salty-wet’… :p

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