Scary effects of sugar in our food

@ravisivan (14055)
India
September 26, 2011 6:47am CST
I read a report stating that sugar has got scary effects on our general health. It is given in the report that in USA people normally take 22 teaspoons of sugar along with their normal food. The average american is basically overdosing in sugar it says. http://fitbie.msn.com/eat-right/tips/6-scary-side-effects-sugar?gt1=50002 I use to think that people in West Bengal only take sweets more. Now I am tempted to think that in many other countries also people eat more sugar normally. Why I am concerned about this is that my blood sugar level stands on border level and the doctor has postponed prescribing diabetes medicines. This is as per Indian standards we normally take upto 200 occasionally after food is manageable with walking. Now I do not add sugar to coffee and avoid taking sweets. 1) Is it true that the food taken by people in USA contains more sugar as given? 2) Are you taking steps to avoid/increase sugar level in your blood.?
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• United States
26 Sep 11
I am not much of a heavy sugar eater, I only use a pinch in my coffee and rarely eat much as far as desserts. I do however from time to time do feel a bit hypoglycemic and know when it is time to consume some form of sweets. There are a lot of products here very high in sugar/fructose, I am one of those who reads labels from all food products all the time. Although I was not this way years ago, I still can't say I have had a sweet tooth issue.
@ravisivan (14055)
• India
26 Sep 11
Nice to note that you rarely eat desserts. If one can control his temptation to eat sweets when we get for the children that is sufficient for overcoming this problem. I am sure you will be able to get it done effectively.
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@nezavisima (7423)
• Bulgaria
26 Sep 11
generally have a terrible sweet effect on our weight. and also sugar. I think anyone who has the will and desire to do so avoid taking part sugar. Yet we can not stop sugar but we can reduce it. nice day!
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@ravisivan (14055)
• India
26 Sep 11
exactly. I also have the same view. We can only reduce it. cannot stop it fully. Yesterday I avoided taking chocolates though it was available readily. I am giving credit to me for this. have a nice day.
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@garson (886)
• United States
17 Oct 11
Somehow in the US, there are some people that can be considered having sweet tooth. I don't know if this term exists in other cultures. These are the people that have affinity to sweets, but it doesn't mean that they would easily get the worst health. Many people in US have consumed lots and lots of soda. Even some people have been drinking soda whenever they are thirsty. Instead of drinking water, they would pop a can of Coke, Pepsi, or others. If you want to make comparisons, take fast food restaurants as an example. Compare large size value meal in the US to a large size value meal in India. I wish I can attach or post a large cup here for demonstration. I believe large sizes are larger than large. What would be large in India and some countries would be small size in US. Take another example, ask someone from an African country to eat brownies made in the US. This person would more likely claim that the brownies are too sweet. While for many Americans, certain amount of sugar consumption seems to have become part of life, while other countries would be shocked or disgusted with the same amount. Ironically (if I try to put it), US is big on fitness, while at the same time obesity has become an epidemic. While another culture doesn't care much about building big and bulky muscles, how fat can a person in India, China or Russia can be?
@ravisivan (14055)
• India
21 Nov 11
Garson -USA people are sweet -- they talk sweetly to others. They do not talk in harsh words. I have not seen any problematic situation in malls I visited. American food -- yes sugar content is more and also people take aerated drinks having sugar. Fat people also walk briskly and work more. that is the good point in USA. In India people are not that fat. However strengthwise I think USA people are more strong physically because they face the extremes of climate(winter) including snowfalls. have a nice day.
@garson (886)
• United States
5 Dec 11
Where did you go/travel? Lots of time, you would not see much at the malls. Most people are either shopping or browsing. You would not expect to find much disturbance or else. Chances are pretty slim. I would curious of how many people you interact with. Do you talk to white people or predominantly Indians?
• Chennai, India
29 Sep 11
Wow...22 teaspoons..!!! That's too much I think. I just try to find how much I'm using. When I have tea or coffee, I'll have 2 teaspoons. Other foods, normally I don't eat sweets. No beverages I drink. So, my consumption should be within 10 to 12 teaspoons in all form, I guess. Already I was thinking to switch to honey or any other alternative because sugar is said to have more side effects. In my state, there's one palm sugar which is generally used in villages. I'm thinking of it too.
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@ravisivan (14055)
• India
29 Sep 11
I understand honey also contains sucrose or glucose. If you want to reduce you may have to use sugar substitutes or learn to take coffee without sugar also. have a good day.
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• Chennai, India
29 Sep 11
Yeah, may be. But, honey doesn't have the whitening agent. I came across that the whitening agent is hazardous.
• India
31 Oct 11
Thanks for sharing this in details Raviji You very well know about indian sweets, they contain so much sugar, i and my wife both have diabetes, we try not to eat those stuff, but it is very difficult during festival days, during this diwali i ate sugars i admit; next morning i checked her and my sugar , it was in the safe range, it is so because we take medicines for it Best of luck. Professor
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@ravisivan (14055)
• India
31 Oct 11
My blood sugar is on the high side. As I told once glucose tolerance test -- scores are high. But with normal food it is within reasonable limits. The fear of our getting diabetes is haunting. Happy to know that your blood sugar is under control now with medication.
@lampar (7597)
• United States
27 Sep 11
That is very accurate report, my friend. Most of the soft drinks in U.S are packed with ton of sugar as ingredient, while food usually packed with bad fatty lipoprotein. I am sure you understand that these ingredients are great food enhancers for the food industry and can result in astronomical annual sales figure for the producers and manufacturers. It is a silent killer in America society, it lead to obesity, tooth decay, and various other blood pressure related illness in American consumers. I am trying my best to consume less sugary drinks daily by drinking more tap water rather than soft drinks from the supermarket.
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@ravisivan (14055)
• India
27 Sep 11
that is really good - you take more of water rather than soft drinks or aerated drinks. if we avoid sugar in food it may help our health largely. Of course youngster - say below 30 need no bother in the initial stage because they will be doing more physical work than the elderly people.
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@mythociate (14208)
• Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
26 Sep 11
I'm not sure if America eats more sugar, but it would make sense---relatively-cheap food-filler that makes it taste better etc. and 2, not really. Maybe I should do one or the other, but I don't care. If I do, then I will Doctor W.C. Douglass says that sugar and carbs are feast-foods for cancer.
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@ravisivan (14055)
• India
26 Sep 11
yes. this is also another problem to which more sugar leads to. Exactly the temptation to eat if it is resisted then we becomes masters. mostly temptation rules over us. then only problems arise.
• United States
26 Sep 11
Lots of people in the US are addicted to sugar. Kids are growing into fat diabetics. They are getting grown up diseases because they are taught to eat unhealthy from an early age. I say the are taught the habits they have because the parents aren't always taking control of what they eat. Kids and adults spend 6 or more hours a day just sitting. Often individuals are sitting for most of their waking hours and eating unhealthy food. I don't buy sugar. There is enough sugar added to the foods at the grocery store.
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@ravisivan (14055)
• India
26 Sep 11
You have rightly stated about the reason -- getting addicted to sitting in a place and working or not working every day-- watching TV, computer, video games etc. You are also right in telling that sugar is there in most of the food items we buy - more carbohydrates more sugar. we must try to reduce them if avoiding is not possible.
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@visavis (5945)
• Philippines
26 Sep 11
Actually yes about using sugar daily must be aware the bad effect on that... on my own experience daily never use sugar in my tea specially in the night before sleeping (green tea) but I put lemon on it which I know having natural sugar. I never drink soda openly very ocassionally because sugar on it are huge. I prefer on fruits juice on natural way from fresh fruits without any sugar.
@ravisivan (14055)
• India
26 Sep 11
visavis: It is nice you are not drinking soda because it contains sugar. yes. coca cola, pepsi--these contain carbon dioxide and also sugar. so we must avoid them.
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@siliguri (4051)
• India
26 Sep 11
Hi sir I don't know whether sugar has bad/ill effect in our body but i want to tell mine i'm fond of taking more sugar and i have the habit to take tea with having a good amount of sugar in it. My mother use to tell me avoid to take such amount of sugar it will leads to diabetes but i don't think consuming of the sugar will leads to diseases of sugar as one doctor suggest me. As you know people of West Bengal are very much fond of sugar and one thing of this region is famous that is "RASGULA" I think you know of this sweet.
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@ravisivan (14055)
• India
26 Sep 11
siliguri: You make me long for rasgulla -- I use to take one per day as long as I was in Jalpaiguri and siliguri. For you now it is ok. take sugar. do a lot of physical work. be happy. no problems will come.
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• United States
26 Sep 11
I tried to get off ice tea so my sugar intake would be lowered. It did not work out for me the headaches were horrible.
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@ravisivan (14055)
• India
26 Sep 11
yes. for avoiding headache hot tea is desirable. But please take that without sugar. It may be good. How is Adrian? What about the operation?
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@Masihi (4228)
• Canada
26 Sep 11
That's very true, and in fact, too much sugar in our diets make us lethargic. It basically shuts down our immune system, so that's why we have to take steps in not only giving up most refined sugar, but also going natural in our food preparations.
@ravisivan (14055)
• India
26 Sep 11
The temptation to take sweets is very high. I have to take extra pains to reduce it. For example oats with milk I can take with a spoon of sugar only. a few people take it without sugar. thanks for your response.have a good day.
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• United States
28 Sep 11
bread is terrible for you, whole grain is a lie, the system is just trying to feed us knowledge thats killing us.
• United States
29 Sep 11
Everything too much is bad. Our body system needs sugar, while too much of it is bad. People with liver diseases take much sugar as a part of medication. For me, i naturally don't like much sugar thats why am still healthy and my body system is normal!
@ravisivan (14055)
• India
29 Sep 11
In the case of bread I take wheat bread with sauce. Rarely I take it with horlicks . Even this I know contains some sugar and have to avoid it.
@ravisivan (14055)
• India
29 Sep 11
welcome to mylot for both of you. Wish you enjoy your journey through the pages of mylot.
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@peavey (15769)
• United States
27 Sep 11
I think that a big problem in the US is that there is so much sugar in the food we buy. Things that you wouldn't even think had sugar in them have had high fructose corn syrup added. Bread, for heaven's sake! I don't like some brands of bread because they taste sweet. If I want a chicken sandwich, I don't want it to taste like dessert. I drink tea, both hot and cold, every day and I like it sweet. Instead of using so much sugar, I have been using half sugar and half stevia. Stevia tastes sweet but our bodies don't react to it like they do to sugar and it has no calories, either. It's an acquired taste for some, though. That's why I use it half and half. I'll eventually get used to it enough that I can use it without sugar.
@ravisivan (14055)
• India
27 Sep 11
I can take coffee without sugar. I have got used to it. But temptation to take sweets is a difficult thing to overcome. You are right in taking half sugar and half Stevia - if you like it then fine. The point you are telling about chicken sandwich also tastes sweet -- i do not know because I am a vegetarian. I know sweet breads taste more sugary.
@peavey (15769)
• United States
27 Sep 11
Well, any sandwich would taste sweet if it was made on sweet tasting bread. Sandwich bread isn't supposed to be sweet, but it is.
• Calgary, Alberta
26 Sep 11
want to get less sugar on your diet? instead of white flour use wholewheat floor. instead of using regular bread, use whole wheat bread but Indian flat breads are actually the healthiest bread so i guess your option is so good since youre Indian, Roti is a very healthy bread . instead of white rice, use brown rice, but the healthiest option is cauliflower rice, you can search that on youtube. Raw zucchini or cucumber, can be sliced in thin strips with a vegetable pealer,if you put pasta sauce on it, it will taste like pasta.
@ravisivan (14055)
• India
27 Sep 11
Your suggestion of wholewheat flour is a good one. Indian roti is also a good option. I have no heard of cauliflower rice - let me search the net. have a good day.
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• Calgary, Alberta
27 Sep 11
there are multiple videos in youtube about cauliflower rice, so I'm sure you can find 1. Roti is so easy to do and its delicious so it deserved to be famous outside india.
@ifa225 (11098)
• Indonesia
5 Nov 11
i used to get 3 spoon of sugar all the day but i don't know if in other food i eat- like snack- whether there is more sugar. i want to reduce it since my family heritage me a diabetics disease
@ravisivan (14055)
• India
5 Nov 11
It depends on your age. also working style. If your work involves physical labour then you need not bother. The day you stop physical work or exercises you should show more care in food. We have sugar in other food items like rice, wheat etc. but at a lower level. first thing is do not worry. worry will bring sugar. best wishes
@myfb2009 (8304)
• Malaysia
28 Sep 11
Grandpa Ravi, your this news is very truth. Indeed, we should be very careful with our drink and food intake, make sure we don't consumed too much sugar. I am well guarded about my sugar intake since my mother is having diabetics. So, i take chocolate or sweets only when i feels i am in need of it. So far, my sugar level is still in control when i go for medical check-up recently. When while i am on vacation now, consuming very less sweet food and drink as well.
@ravisivan (14055)
• India
29 Sep 11
Good. You are aware of diabetes for your parents and are safe guarding yourself. You keep sugar level in control. Now that you are able to resist temptation for taking at this age of yours itself then you will be able to manage without getting diabetes.
@Gamerfvt (20)
• Brazil
27 Sep 11
I don't like sugar
@ravisivan (14055)
• India
27 Sep 11
welcome to mylot. You have told in simple words that you do not like sugar. Then there is no problem. you may not get diabetes provided none of your close relatives have it.
@Cutie18f (9564)
• Philippines
27 Sep 11
Now that is really very scary. I think in our country people are also eating foods that are rich in sugar since we are basically rice-eaters.
@ravisivan (14055)
• India
27 Sep 11
Yes. rice contains more carbohydrates and possibly more glucose-sugar also. In fact somewhere I read anything white eaten is not good for health. However if one keeps oneself busy with physical activities the problems may be less.
@ebuscat (5949)
• Philippines
27 Sep 11
For me no I'm not good to it I like a little sweet only so that it can't damage my heart and to my diabetes.
@ravisivan (14055)
• India
27 Sep 11
You are around 30 years age. My suggestion is you need not worry now provided you do a lot of physical work at home and office. --yes walking, going about here and there etc. If you spend time in managing your children and helping other family members that itself will consume more energy and your taking sweets will not pose an issue.