SugarGram: A Handy Guide to Candy and Other Sugary Foods

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via SugarGram: A Handy Guide to Candy and Other Sugary Foods [Infographic].


High-Fructose Corn Syrup Is a Total Catastrophe

Autumn Brooks writes:

High-Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) is a very low cost sweetener derived from milled corn, then processed again to form corn syrup, then again processed with fructose to form High-Fructose Corn Syrup. It’s very common in processed foods and beverages in the U.S., including breads, cereals, breakfast bars, lunch meats, yogurts, soups and condiments. Unfortunately, the overuse of such a toxic substance has led to an increase of metabolic syndrome in America that is supported study after study and proves that HFCS is not the same as sugar.

So, if HFCS is so damaging to the human body, why would a company prefer it over the other options? Not surprisingly, the main reason is it’s very inexpensive. But, it’s also easy to transport, keeps food moist and has a very long shelf life. It should also be divulged that the majority of HFCS is genetically modified and has a high potency of mercury. If you add up all of the information about HFCS, be prepared for a total catastrophe.

In 40 years since the introduction of HFCS, obesity rates have skyrocketed. In 1970, the obesity rate was 15 percent, and by 2010, the rate was around 33 percent – or one-third of the population. Princeton has been in the forefront of studies that are linking all of the information together. They have demonstrated that all sweeteners are not created equal when it comes to weight gain. HFCS isn’t recognized by the leptin receptors in your body, and leptin is the hormone assigned to tell you when you are full. Therefore, you aren’t told by your own body when to stop eating when it comes to foods that contain HFCS; that leads to overeating and weight gain.” Get the rest here: High-Fructose Corn Syrup Is a Total Catastrophe.

Tastes As Good As Soda!

There isn’t only one type of tea – think of the many tea brews you’ve seen in their fancy packaging at the supermarket whilst you were on your way to the soda aisle (for instance).

There are teas scented or infused with flowers like rose and jasmine; herbs like peppermint and pandan; spices like vanilla, cinnamon and ginger; and even fruit like strawberry or orange.

Brew it strong, pour into a pitcher or a bottle and let it cool inside the fridge. If you want it sweet, add some honey.” via Tastes As Good As Soda! | FinerMinds.

Lately, I’ve been rocking the iced tea at home and at restaurants. It’s a great substitute for soda and beer and you can be very creative with it, too. Try sun-brewed tea, too!

Avoid high-sugar fruits…

Apparently eating healthily is more complicated than just avoiding demon Cheddarwurst…

Getting the recommended two cups of fruit per day while keeping sugar intake under the recommended 26 grams per day for women and 36 grams for men can be tricky. Depending on your choices, this could be bad news for fruit lovers: Just two cups of sliced bananas adds up to the maximum recommended amount, clocking in at 36 grams of sugar!

The sugariest fruit we found? Red grapes, which have a whopping 23 grams of sugar per cup. If you’re looking to cut back on your sugar intake, try strawberries or blueberries, which have a respectable 7 grams of sugar per cup.

The Takeaway: Some fruits can have a shocking amount of sugar. To keep it under the recommended limits, try sticking to berries and staying away from grapes.


Regardless of sugar content, whole fruit  is always a better choice than fruit juice to keep sugar intake lower and take fiber intake up a notch.

Fun Fact

A cup of orange juice has 30 grams of sugar — nearly as much as a can of soda.

Source: Avoid High-Sugar Fruits |


On a morning like this…

Sweet Orange Marmalade…I ask myself is there anything better for breakfast than think slabs of sourdough toast slathered in butter and homemade orange marmalade washed down with strong Colombian coffee? I think not. We have it good in the first world and I’m grateful…

The Truth About Energy Drinks

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The real truth is that most people are already consuming too much energy, which is why there’s an obesity problem. (Think about it.) So adding to your energy excess by guzzling a calorie- and sugar-laden drink doesn’t make a lot of sense. In fact, ask yourself this: Is it a lack of incoming sugar that’s causing you to be tired-or is it that you’re consuming too much of it in the first place? Chances are, it’s the latter. Our advice: If you feel you need a boost, reach for unsweetened beverage that contains only caffeine-like a black coffee from Dunkin’ Donuts. It has zero grams of sugar, 146 mg of caffeine, and just 20 calories-all for about 2 dollars.

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