Excuse the title’s pun, given the topic of this post, but I am in shock.
A friend sent me this link a few days ago saying “how scary is this?!?”
… and goodness do I agree!
I have just watched it in front of a bowl of ready made soup which, despite being one of the chilled “fresh” (and therefore supposedly “healthy”) options, contained (I believe) a little under half of my daily sugar allowance!
A quick, obligatory, survey of my kitchen has revealed that there was NOTHING that has no sugar in it
Though, on the one hand, that is not very surprising (all carbs are essentially sugar) I am struggling to take in the sheer amount of sugar present in some of my, supposedly “healthy” foods. My Jordan’s “lowers cholesterol” cereals has 7g per portion (and I am sure I have more than a standard portion size in the morning). If, as the programme suggests, we should be aiming for no more than 6 teaspoons (I think it works out at 24g) a day … cutting sugar intake is no mean feat!
Bizarrely, though I have been obsessed with food for many years now, sugar has never really been on my radar. Partly because I have low blood pressure so I actually carry glucose tablets with me sometimes, but partly because I had not thought of looking at just how much sugar I am inadvertently consuming. I dread to think what my daily sugar count amounts to
I wonder if working from home makes this worse. I certainly do not exercise enough, sadly.
Part of me wishes I had not watched the programme as it feels as though it adds yet another layer of stress we really do not need, but I wonder if this is something that, as an industry, we should be thinking about.
Had anyone seen the programme before? Have you tried any of the tips they suggested? The thought of cooking more fills me with dread given how busy I am, but I might have to start looking into it. If some of you have made the change in their lives already, do share your useful tips.
to us all!