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‘Sugar and spice and all things nice’. It has been drilled into us for decades that anything sugary or sweet can only be nice,that it can only be good for us…..And if your having a birthday party for little Timmy,that you’d be a fool to think of serving anything else other florescent fizzy drinks because well what the hell will the kiddies drink?? Heaven forbid that there would be water available.Today’s 12 ounce can of soda contains around TEN yes that’s TEN teaspoons of sugar!! Although now a days we all are aware of this,yet still we crave the sweet stuff,wanting the white powder to feel loved,to fill the gap,to devour a Crispy Cream Doughnut with such aggression that we come away from the box looking like we spent the weekend at …………………. house!!!!! One might point out that the cotton candy machine that has had permanent residence at any fairground was invented by a dentist and that its precursor-spun sugar-was practically an art form in 15th-century Venice,whose confectioners shaped it into animals,birds,and buildings for the amusement of guests.
So what has Man’s greed done to us?
Well back in the seventies as a young boy watching TV I was bombarded with such jingles as(and i quote) ‘A finger of Fudge is just enough to give your kids a treat!’ Or that a ‘Mars a day helps you work rest and play!’and even worse that the ‘Milky Way’ was the snack you could have in between meals without ruining your appetite.
But there is a darker side to our sweet tooth,a nasty filling that has been sugar coated for hundreds of years.
In the 18th century the marriage between sugar and the slavery trade was strong.Every few years a new island-Puerto Rico,Trinidad-was colonized,cleared,and planted.When the natives died,they were replaced with African slaves. After the crop was harvested and milled,it was piled in the holds of ships bound for London,Amsterdam,Paris where it was traded for finished goods,which were then brought to the west coast of Africa and traded for more slaves.
The bloody side of this triangular trade during which millions of Africans died,was known as the Middle Passage. Until the slave trade was banned in Britain in 1807,more than 11 million Africans were shipped to the new world-more than half ending up on sugar plantations.The sad truth about that is that without the slave i would not be the person I am today, being of African/American and English decent.
But of course nowadays the slave traders are well dressed men in beautiful suits with big beautiful pearly white grins,these are the dealers,the guys that give you that little something you need to help you get through the day,sugar is the drug that is very much over the counter.
BUT, BUT,But if sugar is so bad for us,why do we crave it?
The short answer is that an injection of sugar into the bloodstream stimulates the pleasure center of the brain that responds to cocaine or heroin. Added sugar is the single worst ingredient in modern diet, added sugars(like sucrose and high fructose corn syrup) contain a whole heap of ’empty calories’ because they contain no nutrients.
So whats the new fad now…. Sugar coated vitamins for children…. That’s right folks cant get little Timmy to eat his greens or rip into a banana,no problem mum and dad throw a handful of these tasty gummy bears into his gob and he’ll be good to go!,you may as well just give him a double shot espresso and a chainsaw!
As a proud father and an ex chef i can only hope that my 8month old son will not be swayed by the same men in their suits,the same men that dealt their sugary drug to his father,who still loves 3 sugars in his tea(even though he is trying to cut back).
Popcorn is,as we know,made by roasting dried kernels of maize (Zea Mays Everta) with any fat. As the maize heats, the starch inside swells and bursts forth from the kernel’s outer skin. Popcorn’s early use has been traced across South America, and it seems that popping maize kernels was a key element in some of the ceremonies of C16th Aztec Indians. Only in 1893 did Charles C. Cretors develop the world’s first mobile popcorn machine, making the bulk manufacture of the snack a reality. Now as we know ordering popcorn at the cinema presents a dilemma. Sweet popcorn alone can become sickly, and salted popcorn alone can cause unwelcome dehydration. The ideal solution, therefore, is to order both kinds and as research suggests that the best method is to have the lower half of the carton with the sweet and the top half to be salted, personally I’m all for salt and a extra large soft drink.
Then the only drama is the roasted skins that get caught in your teeth!!!
I was always under the belief that organic meant that it was natural and untainted by the hands of manufactures and man, that it meant it was in its raw natural form not manipulated, and in the case of organic food that it had come straight from the soil, the tree and straight from mother nature and in the form that mother nature intended it to be.
So when did it become the norm to over price organic foods, to make something that had come straight from the land unattainable, today i saw Australian garlic which was a beautiful large bulb, purple in colour and fresh as it could be for $12 a kilo and on the other hand you see so call ‘organic’ garlic in its natural form at $46 a kilo which breaks down to $7 per 150g – go figure!!!!!!
Needless to say,many of these things are found in food other than chocolate without the high levels of sugar and saturated fat……. but only a boring person would care about any of that jibber jabber,so lets look at one mans’ (and every woman’s) urge for that cold crack of indulgence that is CHOCOLATE!!!
Chocolate is high in antioxidants and natural chemicals that help to protect against diseases such as cancer and heart disease.
It has nearly twice the antioxidants found in red wine and nearly three times the amount found in green tea.
It is high in flavonoids,which can raise the level of the ‘good’ cholesterol.
It reduces the risk of blood clotting.
It protects against stress on the heart.
It relaxes the blood vessels,having a similar effect to mild aspirin and a better effect than red wine.
It contains iron and magnesium….and caffeine,
And more importantly a whole heap of phenylethylamine which is a ‘feel good’ chemical that cheers you the hell up after a crappy day!!….. So my friends go run to your local store and purchase a large bar of goodness for the weekend is coming and you deserve it!!!!
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