Calculating the Amount of Sugar in Food

Calculating the Amount of Sugar in Food

SICKLY SWEET: Part 6 How can I calculate the amount of sugar in food?  Easy. Sugar is listed in the nutritional information label of most forms of packaged food. See red circle below of ‘Just Right’ breakfast cereal. The first column indicates the amount of sugar...
Artificial Sweeteners, Good or Bad?

Artificial Sweeteners, Good or Bad?

SICKLY SWEET: Part 5 What About Artificial Sweeteners? As their name suggests artificial sweeteners are well, artificial.  They don’t come from the ground but instead are made in a laboratory.  Yep, we’ve figured out how to mix chemicals to replicate the...
Isn’t There Lots of Sugar in Fruit?

Isn’t There Lots of Sugar in Fruit?

SICKLY SWEET: PART 4 Isn’t there lots of sugar in fruit? Some foods contain their own natural sugar – milk (lactose), sugar cane (glucose), malt (maltose) and fruit (fructose). Unlike glucose which can be metabolized by body cells, the fate of fructose...
The Wonder Drug

The Wonder Drug

My 56 year-old brother calls me. “I have to get a heart scan, the Doc’s not happy about my stress test and wants to check a few things out,” he says. “My cholesterol’s a bit high…and I’m a few pounds on the wrong side of normal,” he adds worryingly....
Artificial Sweeteners, Good or Bad?

So You Think You Don’t Eat Much Sugar?

SICKLY SWEET: PART 2 If you think the only sugar you eat is added to your coffee, think again. As popular celebrity chef Jamie Oliver says “Sugar is in everything!” And he’s right. Over 75% of supermarket packaged foods is laced with sugar and there...
Artificial Sweeteners, Good or Bad?

Why is Sugar in the Spotlight?

SICKLY SWEET: PART 1 On a recent road trip up the North Coast of Queensland (my home State), my 11-year-old son and I stopped along the roadside at a sugar plantation. He was in awe of the plant’s long, elegant stalks and the way they collectively swayed in the summer...