Sunday, February 07, 2016

Bollocks to quitting sugar



Hordes of people are currently on a New Year health kick or doing FebFast and have opted to "quit sugar". Every time I see one of these posts or articles, I roll my eyes so hard I see the back of my skull. In most cases, they're not quitting sugar at all, they're just being scammed by clever marketing.

Swapping ordinary old white refined sugar for some funky substitute from the health food aisle isn't quitting sugar. Your body doesn't care if you're eating cane sugar or nectar of Himalayan moon-orchids; it treats all kinds of sugar the same way. It gets converted to glucose, used as energy, or stored in your muscles and liver as glycogen until it's needed. And as I keep saying (over and over like a broken bloody record, I know), if you over-consume calories, no matter where they come from, you will also store fat.

Do you eat fruit and veggies? You're eating sugar. Fruit or veggie juice or "healthy" smoothies? Sugar. Starchy carbohydrates? The starch gets converted to sugar. (Side note: have you ever chewed a piece of bread for a bit longer than usual and noticed it becomes sweet? That's your saliva turning starch to sugar. You can thank my Year 7 science teacher for that bit of knowledge.)

My Pinterest feed is full of "sugar-free" desserts and treats. Now and then I'm bored enough to click through to the recipe and ...you guessed it: the ingredients list invariably includes some kind of expensive sugar disguised as a healthy alternative.

I was in Coles this morning and discovered that these bullshit trendy products have become so mainstream they've moved out of the "health foods" section and invaded the baking aisle. Spot the difference...

Coconut blossom sugar, unrefined sugar and agave sugar, $4.50 for a measly 250g. That's a horrifying $1.80 per 100g:


Plain old refined white sugar, $3.90 for a big 2kg bag, or 0.20c per 100g:


I don't know who's buying this stuff, but come ON, people! That's a whopping $1.60 per kg price difference. For zero nutritional benefit. ARE YOU BARKING MAD?

Look, I know that there is a taste difference. Coconut sugar gives a lovely caramel flavour to your baking - but so does brown sugar, at a much lower cost. Last I checked, it was about 28c per 100g. Marketing that makes people fear food is not a good thing. Sugar won't kill you, if you eat it in moderation. Yes, I said the M-word. Food is just food, not something to be feared.

Someone's getting rich selling this shit to an increasingly food-phobic public. I'm taking a stand and saying no to fear-based food marketing. I'm boycotting products that have no advantage over regular food items and that are frankly, just a huge rip-off.

What food marketing annoys you most?

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6 comments:

kathrynoh said...

And now I'm picturing Homer Simpson with his mountain of sugar.

I don't get the fancy sugars though. Isn't the point of cutting out sugar to reset your 'sweet tooth'? Well that's why I did it.

Kek said...

As far as I can tell, the point is for the person pushing these programs to make a shitload of money from selling recipe books and affiliate products.

Debstar said...

Coconut oil. I do not understand why everyone thinks it's the ants pants. It's still a saturated fat. Ever tried cooking a steak in it? Don't, just don't.

Kek said...

Eww. I like the flavour of coconut oil for cooking pancakes, but steak? And you're right about the saturated fat. My cholesterol doesn't need any help hitting the high numbers, thanks.

LBTEPA said...

oh how right you are! My 'febfast' last year was avoiding sweet TASTING things - ie no cake at all , not making cake out of 'better' sugar! Learn to read, people!

Kek said...

Morally superior sugar... ;)

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