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Sugar content of food and beverages

Postby Roland » Wed Jul 17, 2013 3:33 pm

Would you eat a stack of 16 sugar cubes?

A label can tell you there are 39 grams of sugar in your soda, but what does that much sugar look like?

We've used regular sugar cubes (4 grams of sugar each) to show how the sugars in your favorite foods literally stack up, gram for gram.

Compare foods, find out where sugar is hiding, and see how much of the sweet stuff you're really eating.


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Note: We don't differentiate between different types of sugar - i.e., sucrose, fructose, cane sugar, corn syrup, honey, etc., although there are differences in how these sugars are metabolized. We just used cubes of white sugar as a visual aid. Nutritional information was taken from package labels, manufacturer websites, or the USDA nutrient database. Calorie amounts are based on 4 calories per gram of sugar unless otherwise noted.


I find the visual of how much sugar is in certain beverages to be quite shocking.
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Re: Sugar content of food and beverages

Postby flavio81 » Wed Jul 17, 2013 9:09 pm

Thanks, this was shocking. I knew where were a few dozens grams of sugar on a regular coca-cola bottle, but to see them visually is another thing!
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Re: Sugar content of food and beverages

Postby Lhug-Pa » Wed Jul 17, 2013 9:27 pm

And not only does coca-cola/pepsi and a lot of other products have tons of sugar which in itself is bad enough; but they also have a very processed form of sugar known as high-fructose corn syrup (and/or toxic aspartame) which is even worse than processed white sugar.
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Re: Sugar content of food and beverages

Postby Roland » Wed Jul 17, 2013 10:00 pm

High fructose corn syrup is present in an exorbitant number of food products.
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Re: Sugar content of food and beverages

Postby Lhug-Pa » Wed Jul 17, 2013 11:40 pm

Exactly, and that's why we ought to boycott all the giant greedy corporations with their cheaply-made (i.e. high-fructose corn syrup etc.) toxic 'food'.

Here's a list of big corporations (to boycott) who have even gotten their sneaky hands into the organics market:

http://organicconsumers.org/label/gmo-b ... poster.pdf

Better to support smaller more ethical organics companies that support Proposition 37 and the non-GMO Project.
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Re: Sugar content of food and beverages

Postby Roland » Thu Jul 18, 2013 12:06 am

There exists a smartphone app called "Buycott" that makes it really easy to boycott brands by scanning the barcode on the product. You can even set up or follow multiple campaigns on the app. Then, after you scan the barcode, it will tell you if you are boycotting that particular brand, why, what campaign you've selected that it refers to and will even show you the company tree to indicate which companies they are associated with.
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Re: Sugar content of food and beverages

Postby Ramon1920 » Thu Jul 18, 2013 6:31 am

At some point vegetables became really expensive and most people cut them out of their diet. I know this is a little off topic, it's just something I noticed. The American diet has changed drastically over the past 60 years. I don't know why the super market even has a vege section. I know almost all of it is thrown out. Maybe it's just decoration.

Sugar started appearing in bulk I think in the 1990's. That's when I really noticed it in everything anyways. And then everyone started getting really fat.

The whole change America has undertaken is really parallel to serfdom in the medieval ages. Even the dietary switch from meats, cheeses and veges to cheap staples like grain. I wonder if the police will take on the roles of knights who's primary function is to beat the peasants into submission.
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Postby Lhug-Pa » Thu Jul 18, 2013 4:22 pm

Roland, yeah that's a cool smartphone app. I'm to the point now though where I can usually spot a mega-corporation product—even if it's "all natural" (which in the corporate world can mean whatever they want it to mean)—from a mile away.

More:

http://www.buzzfeed.com/katienotopoulos ... rporations

http://www.businessinsider.com/13-ethic ... ns-2011-10

Ramon, yep the corporations, factory farming/big food/big agri, big pharma, big oil/petrochemical companies, big/international banking, the M.I.C./warmongering, and the police state/contemporary serfdom all go hand-in-hand. The way I see it, people who are not Dharma practitioners should be fighting it all tooth & nail, and Dharma practitioners should at least stop supporting it all as much as possible and just practice Dharma.
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Re: Sugar content of food and beverages

Postby Roland » Sat Jul 20, 2013 4:27 am

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Re: Sugar content of food and beverages

Postby Lhug-Pa » Thu Aug 29, 2013 5:32 pm

It's not processed sugar, it's even worse:


OrganicConsumers.org wrote: ESSAY OF THE WEEK Fat Chance: Diet Coke Fights Obesity?
It was laughable when Coca-Cola launched a campaign to fight obesity. And even more laughable when the king of soda’s anti-obesity campaign shifted all the blame for those extra pounds to lack of exercise and chairs (yes, chairs).
But now, the company that donated $1.7 million to defeat last year’s GMO labeling initiative in California has gone from laughable to dangerous. In the wake of declining sales of its Diet Coke brand, Coke has rolled out an ad campaign carefully and deceptively crafted to convince consumers that aspartame, the artificial sweetener (whose patent was at one time owned by Monsanto) in Diet Coke, is a “healthy alternative” to sugar.

Aspartame, a synthetic compound (as in, not a food) has a long history of controversy. It’s been linked to a host of health conditions. Some studies have concluded that it actually causes, not prevents, weight gain. The FDA once put its approval on hold. But thanks to Donald Rumsfeld, the artificial sweetener gained approval in 1981. That’s right, the guy who led us into war in Iraq hand-picked the FDA commissioner who rammed through approval of aspartame. Rumsfeld was previously the CEO of G. D Searle, the company that discovered aspartame. He pocketed a nice little $12-million bonus after the FDA approved aspartame and Monsanto bought Searle.
Read the essay
http://www.organicconsumers.org/article ... _28188.cfm

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Re: Sugar content of food and beverages

Postby Indrajala » Thu Aug 29, 2013 5:53 pm

I've noticed how Starbucks has effectively become Dairy Queen, but preserved its image of "just having a coffee".

Most patrons seem to buy creamy drinks which are basically milkshakes, though it is still "just having coffee". You don't feel guilty going out for coffee once or twice a day, even though it is a milkshake. You'd feel guilty maybe going to Dairy Queen everyday.

High sugar consumption has become so normal.

Even in poor countries like India people suck back several cups of chai a day, which is mostly sugar and milk.

Even the bread is sugary. I often lament how "bread" in most of Asia is cake. White flour, hydrogenated vegetable oil and sugar. It is some kind of industrial foam that is kind of edible.
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Re: Sugar content of food and beverages

Postby wisdom » Thu Aug 29, 2013 8:54 pm

Sugar in excess is really bad for Dharma practice. It unbalances your bio-chemistry in such a way as to produce bouts of depression and "down swings" of mood which exacerbate the three poisons. This in turn seeks more craving and pleasure seeking to re-balance ones overtaxed system. Furthermore the up and down swings make excitement and laxity more of a problem for those trying to develop Shamatha. This is not even to consider the potential health consequences of indulging in sugar all day, every day, for years.
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