Sugar and Salt

@nanette64 (11902)
Fairfield, Texas
January 3, 2016 10:21am CST
Ya know, it's bad enough when you read the labels on food products and you see things you can't even pronounce, let alone know what the 'stuff' is or why it's even in the product; but it's quite another when sugar and salt is used when there is no reason to put it in there. My sister (who is a health nut supposedly) brought me some Nutri-Grain Soft Baked Blueberry Breakfast Bars when she visited at Xmas. Since I'd never eaten these before, I read the ingredients. It had 110 mg of salt. I could see having salt added in potato chips but a 'supposed' health bar? Seriously?? 12 grams of sugar?? Are you kidding me? Blueberries have their own natural sugar, why add more sugar? It absolutely disgusts me what companies add to their products. At the rate they're going, the mortician won't have to fill you up with embalming fluid; you'll already be preserved.
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@thesids (22455)
• Bhubaneswar, India
3 Jan 16
90% of these companies create tastes for millions. And they sell because of their taste variations. If all orange cream biscuits (or wafers or anything else for that matter) tasted all alike, there would be only one brand. Also worth mentioning is the patent/copyright to the formula used by manufacturers. They have to be different. As for the salt and sugar thing, here I know a family who adds salt to where you would normally add sugar and they even add sugar when you would expect salted stuff. And that family is all okay with their tastes. Personally, I would never want anything added to blueberries. They have a unique taste of their own. Why only blue berries, there are a lot of other things that taste great as they are. adding condiments only makes them taste different.
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@LadyDuck (108940)
• Switzerland
3 Jan 16
Nowadays there is salt and sugar everywhere, they put sugar even in the bread. We have always made bread at home and we never put sugar in the dough.
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@nanette64 (11902)
• Fairfield, Texas
3 Jan 16
Exactly @LadyDuck . What's scary is that today, you can put a purchased loaf of bread in the refrigerator and it will still be fine 6 months later. No mold. What does that tell you what's in the bread. I prefer home-made too and that's how I was taught by my Mom.
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@MALUSE (28735)
• Denmark
3 Jan 16
You can find sugar even in sausages, in liverwurst, for example. That's weird.
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@LadyDuck (108940)
• Switzerland
3 Jan 16
@MALUSE You are right, I have seen sugar among the ingredients.
@rebelann (28061)
• El Paso, Texas
4 Jan 16
That's part of the reason I started my organic diet. The farmers who raise livestock and grow foods that have become certified as organic farmers do not use chemicals at all. Some of our healthiest foods have natural sugar and salt in them and I have to wonder if the people who put these labels on the foods are talking about that? I've seen some veggies labeled to show they have sugar in them like carrots and fruits. Not sure about salt, but I do now some veggies also have salt levels in them.
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@rebelann (28061)
• El Paso, Texas
6 Jan 16
I did not know that they weren't supported by our government @nanette64 I'd always thought that our government was encouraging Americans to buy more from the small farmers.
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@nanette64 (11902)
• Fairfield, Texas
6 Jan 16
@rebelann You know our government..they talk out of both sides of their mouth. One thing's for sure though, when I had my organic farm, all the locals loved it so much that I did very well business-wise and didn't need the government for anything. I was also working a full-time job and the people there (2-hours away) were asking me in February how soon they could start ordering. I did everything from the fresh produce to making: salsa, peach jam and different varieties of pickles.
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@rebelann (28061)
• El Paso, Texas
6 Jan 16
That's awesome @nanette64 I eat only organic taters, carrots & salsa .... it's hard to find lots of organic produce close to home so I rely on a store in Las Cruces NM to get that which I enjoy. If only we had more organic dairies around here. Well, at least I get organic dairy stuff from that market as well, it's worth the 30 mile drive to get healthy foods.
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@T_gray (7900)
• Salina, Kansas
9 Jan 16
I have always wondered if there was any true way to live "healthy"
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@nanette64 (11902)
• Fairfield, Texas
10 Jan 16
Organic is about the only way to go @T_gray . Along with using natural plants for medicinal purposes.
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@T_gray (7900)
• Salina, Kansas
11 Jan 16
@nanette64 yeah that is a good way
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@ria1606roy (2648)
• Kolkata, India
9 Jan 16
It's part of the food processing in the industrial level, they do not release products unless they've added something to it. Many natural products which are sufficient by itself are further processed to make it more marketable and hence increase their MRP.
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@nanette64 (11902)
• Fairfield, Texas
9 Jan 16
The manufacturers don't care that what they are adding are killing people @ria1606roy and that is truly the saddest part of it.
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• Kolkata, India
9 Jan 16
@nanette64 I agree.
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@just4him (81634)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
4 Jan 16
I agree. The foods we eat today is enough to keep us preserved when we die. It was so much better growing up when all the food I ate was made from scratch and no boxed foods filled with preservatives.
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@nanette64 (11902)
• Fairfield, Texas
4 Jan 16
I'm with ya there @just4him . One of the things I miss about the 'old' days.
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@just4him (81634)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
4 Jan 16
@nanette64 I want to go back to those days of scratch cooking. I know it's better for you, but it's also more expensive.
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• Lakewood, Colorado
3 Jan 16
I know Nanette, I totally agree. It is frightening what they put in food. I firmly believe they are trying to kill us all off or something. There is no need for all these deadly additives. I think if people knew what was in this stuff, they would be shocked. Sugar is the main culprit and salt second.
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@nanette64 (11902)
• Fairfield, Texas
4 Jan 16
Exactly @TiarasOceanView . The Germans lined people up and just shot them (Auschwitz) the USA is sneakier in their version of population control.
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• Lakewood, Colorado
4 Jan 16
@nanette64 I dont have any doubt Nanette. Wish it were not so friend. All we can do is to try to do better for ourselves while we are allowed to be here.
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@TheHorse (48539)
• Pleasant Hill, California
4 Jan 16
eh heh. Well, we need SOME salt for those sodiam-potassium pumps all though our bodies. How do we know when we have too much?
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@nanette64 (11902)
• Fairfield, Texas
4 Jan 16
When the kidneys can't process the quantity @TheHorse . Usually however, by then, you're talking about kidney stones being passed through the urethra. Very painful. If someone is going to use salt, the best is Sea Salt, not processed salt.
@UncleJoe (7183)
• Virginia Beach, Virginia
4 Jan 16
I just read the back of my salt box. It contains 25% sodium. I wonder what the rest of it is.
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@nanette64 (11902)
• Fairfield, Texas
4 Jan 16
45% Iodine @UncleJoe . However if my math is correct that's a total of 70%, so there's still 30% mystery.
@Platespinner (16711)
• Winston Salem, North Carolina
3 Jan 16
I'm trying to cook as much from scratch at home as possible. Too many foods have entirely too much unhealthy stuff in them.
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@nanette64 (11902)
• Fairfield, Texas
4 Jan 16
Amen to that @Platespinner . Chemicals, pesticides, hormones, steroids...it's enough to make you sick and probably the reason for the rise in cancer, Autism, ADD, ADHD, etc.
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@lokisdad (4264)
• United States
24 Jan 16
the sugar and salt is used to make it taste good also the melted sugar helps everything stick at least when we make them here at home.
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@BelleStarr (29418)
• Portland, Connecticut
4 Jan 16
I guess it is healthy because it is high fructose corn syrup lol
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• Budennovsk, Russian Federation
4 Jan 16
perhaps some products started to be complex and contain too many ingredients, so salt and sugar will be there for sure, as they are one of the simplest ingredients
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