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Eating no fun anymore?

Is food an evil demon?
Is food an evil demon?
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Just like you, I get crazy about the way a food product is good for us one day, and bad for us another day, and then it's good again. Blah, blah, blah. Thank you FDA.

Just the other day at Walmart I bought a box of the pink stuff artificial sweetener for the first time in decades. I had avoided it ever since its ingredient [Saccharin] was reported to cause bladder cancer in rats.

I am pretty sure a few decades ago Saccharin was all the way off the market. Saccharin, as I recall, was the first widespread diet product / sugar substitute. In the 1950s it came in tiny tablets sold in a glass vial. My mother used to carry a vial in her purse, as did a lot of people concerned about sugar consumption (that has not changed).

The studies in the early 1970s linking saccharin with the development of bladder cancer yielded a warning label on all food containing saccharin. History of saccharin.

So why do I even mention this?

I went back to the pink stuff, because the bad news about the blue stuff and the yellow stuff genuinely scares me -- mainly because I use so much. I don't think it is a big deal if you only drink one or two cups of coffee per day, but I am closer to 15 cups every day.

For the record, when I bought the pink stuff this week I also bought some liquid Stevia, a product to which I am trying to warm up to both taste and price-wise. The pink stuff and Stevia mixed together taste okay to me, but I don't care much for either of them alone.

To their credit the blue and yellow stuff taste good to me.

Is the poison inside my food or inside my head?

I do give thought to what I eat. I use artificial sweeteners in coffee, and as a sugar replacement on foods like oatmeal and ceral where most humans add sugar.

Cane sugar, I think, has absolutely nothing positive going for it as a food product or additive. That is because of the insulin release and empty calorie effects that are undesirable (blubber makers). I lost my own taste for cane sugar long ago, and I would push the suicide button before drinking soda.

Of course the joke is that soda doesn't contain sugar

It contains High-Fructose-Corn Syrup? Oh, good grief there is so much concern about this stuff I don't think it is possible to build a case for consumption unless you are a food manufacturer or HFCS manufacturer.

I think it tastes like sugar. But wow, the reports do not sound good.

When I was a kid we used to buy Karo Syrup, which was HFCS. It was used for baking, but in my infinite wisdom about all things nutrition, I poured it on pancakes and waffles. You can still buy it in grocery stores.

Just thought I would mention those things. Maybe the info about what I am doing for sweeteners will help somebody to get the sweetener monkey off their back.

Cinta anda

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