Sunday, February 5, 2012

The Sugar Mafia

 I'm still traveling in the States and as usual I am so excited to eat all of my favorite foods and also cook and share some Italian dishes that I have learned by being an expat. The problem is this, SUGAR. It's everywhere in America. It's in everything, places where you wouldn't expect it! Like these Del Monte stewed tomatoes. 3rd ingredient: High Fructose Corn Syrup. Why? Are tomatoes not good on their own? Do we need them to last on the shelf for 100 years?
Kroger sweet golden corn, 3rd ingredient sugar.
This Mott's apple sauce has 2 forms of sugar, high fructose and syrup.
I could go on and on pulling everything out of the pantry (which I did the other day out of shock and horror) but you get the picture. Just when did sugar creep into everything we eat? Take a note form Italy my fellow Americans, fresh is best. Easier said than done but totally worth it.

But hay, dentists, Congratulations!


Welshcakes Limoncello said...

I didn't realise so many products were sugared over there!

Tiffany Parks said...

This horrifies me as well, as I am a recovering sugar addict and so now I'm very aware of it. The US is definitely worse, but as so often happens, Italy is slowly starting to pick up their bad habits (this can be seen in so many ways, this is only one). I looked through my food here in Rome the other day to find sugar in my all-bran cereal, pesto sauce and gourmet french mustard. It is so difficult to cut it out entirely! There are some very interesting documentaries out there on why they now put sugar in so many savory foods, and many claim it is done to get people addicted to the food. Seems to have worked!

Kat Mortensen said...

I could not agree more! I'm a member of the Sugar Mafia too. Just ask my husband!

Saw you on "Househunters" and am enjoying your blog.

You might enjoy my blog on Blogger too. (If you get a minute!)