Fitness Friday – the sugar study and more
|April 6, 2012||Posted by Carrie under Fitness Friday, food, injury, kids, Running|
There are so many things I’ve been wanting to talk about lately, but I just haven’t been able to put the thoughts together.
First is the whole mess about sugar in the news. I’m sure you’ve heard about the 60 Minutes piece that aired last weekend about sugar. In my opinion, it’s another media frenzy trying to make a particular food the ‘evil culprit of all that’s bad in the world’. One of my favorite bloggers, Jason at Cook, Train, Eat, Race wrote a really great piece about how the whole thing. What I find so frustrating with any sort of media about a food study is that the reports usually start out logically and then spiral into this doom and gloom thing. There’s another great article here on Food Safety News that presents a good perspective on the whole study. The title says it all – “Sugar is not Poison, But We Are Getting Too Much of It.”
In that last link, there is mention of the push to change food labels to differentiate between natural and added sugar. In my food tracking log yesterday, I took particular note of my sugar intake. I consumed 80 grams of sugar yesterday. Yet, looking through my food log, it seems that only included 8.3g of added sugars. (3.5 from my chocolate pb, .8g from Wheat Thins, 4 g from my sandwich bread). Now this conversation for me also leads to the discussion of artificial sweeteners. That’s something that I’m always so curious about. Personally, I think that the chemical processing of artificial sweeteners makes them almost as bad as HFCS, but that’s just my uneducated opinion (seriously, these are all just my opinions, I’m not a qualified professional in anything).
Have you ever looked at your added sugar intake?
So, I guess I should go study my chemistry so that I can actually make a career around this stuff that I find so fascinating. On a good note, I found that my grades on my first 2 Chem exams are high enough (insert shocked laugh here) to get me a preliminary permit to register for the next class. Phew.
I don’t want one of these.