Speaking of gastronomy, during a recent conversation about nutrition, my friend and colleague asked me if I saw the recent National Geographic article about sugar. I had not, and then proceeded to check it out. Apparently, Americans ingest about 22.7 teaspoons of sugar a day! The article was lengthy and interesting reporting about the Island of New Guinea where sugar cane was domesticated 10,000 years ago.
Then I read an archived article, Can Sugar Make You Stupid? Well, it appears it does in mice! Rats given diets high in fructose syrup were slower at running a maze than the control group. The article proceeded to describe the science, something to do with synaptic interference.
Then I got to thinking about my own nutrition; how much sugar I ingest on a daily basis, which isn’t too bad. How many servings of fruits and vegetables I eat, which is pretty good. But then I began to squirm. I do adulterate my coffee each morning with half and half and more that a teaspoon of sugar (my husband swears that he adds 3 tsp. to my cup). And occasionally I fall short on the vegetable servings.
There is a plethora of resources available on nutrition. And, I find them all very interesting. But my “gut” tells me that stressing or obsessing about it is also not good for me.
So with an increase in awareness and a slight adjustment in consumption, I promise to decrease the bad stuff and increase the good.
“Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”
—-Michael Pollan, In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifest
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