March 16, 2009 at 1:19 pm (books, diabetes, food) (, )

High fructose corn syrup. Even before I was diabetic I paid a lot of attention to food. I like it. A lot. I like cooking it , I like eating it , and recently , I like growing it. Currently I am reading Mark Bittman’s Food Matters. (in between Newbery books) It has a pretty simple premise — eat more plants, eat less animal and junk foods. Good for the planet, good for your health. I did an experiment today – I attempted to buy no foods with HFCS in it. Well, that meant no lemon yogurt today. I also tried to avoid Hydrogenated oils – at least in things I really didnt need. So my crackers and cookies have neither. One of my individual serving of soup has HFCS in it. ( misread the label) and my bread crumbs have hydrogenated oil .
It is not impossible to avoid some of these things, but I was in the grocery store twice as long as usual. I wish I had time to cook from scratch every day. I wish DH could predict lunch – so he didn’t need a drawer of instant/ fast foods for lunch on the run. But soup for one is better than skipping a meal ( and eating to much later ) or going to a fast food joint with way too many calories for one meal ( plus lots of fat and salt)

In Bittman’s book — he talks of one person that lost about 8 pounds just by giving up HFCS. Now, I don’t expect that to happen to us. We just don’t have that much processed food in the house. He lost a lot of weight eating more plants, less animal and junk food. I kind of have to figure out what less animal means. I like my cheese.


  1. Kari said,

    Less animal means adding beans and tofu. The best veggie cookbooks were the Moosewood Collectives and Mark Bittman’s How to Cook Everything Vegetarian. I like to make stews and hearty soups that I can package up into small containers and freeze. Indian and Japanese foods translate into good satisfying vegetarian food. But I’m not sure what changes you would need to make for the diabetic side other than the obvious of no white rice.

  2. egb63 said,

    I eat beans and tofu . That’s nothing new. I have a thousand veggie cookbooks. I actually eat this way, except when I don’t . I like this book because it is sane — there is no difficulty in eating out or with other people.

    Honestly, I much more concerned about HFCS on the grocery shelves. I was in the store for an extra 45 minutes — but it is in yogurt, jellies, ketchup, honey mustard, vegetable soups, beans, breads … I’m gonna need a list to be efficient.

  3. Kari said,

    Ahh. And I used dried beans more than cans. Obviously, no HFCS with dried beans. Try Pepperidge Farm bread. They do not use HFCS. I use soy yogurt – since most of that is organic, no HFCS.

    And BTW, this is due to the sugar tariff the US puts on sugar grown outside the US. For US growers, the tariffs mean that any cane or beet sugar they grow can compete with the cane sugar grown outside the US. The cost of the tariff meant that HFCS is cheaper than sugar in the US so manufacturer’s converted to the cheaper food product. In addition, it also meant candy production is cheaper outside the US and why jobs were moved to Canada. While we protected one group’s livelihood, another group lost their jobs. In the worldwide market, sugar is cheaper than HFCS which is why soda in Europe is made with sugar and not HFCS.

    Thus end the economics lesson for the day.

  4. egb63 said,

    Start reading anything that isn’t fresh — even frozen meats might have additives.

    I know about sugar. What I didn’t know about was HFCS — like the fact that it possibly makes you more hungry. I did know that it is stored as fat , because, just like trans fats — you body doesn’t know what it is.

  5. DM said,

    Have you looked at the Health Food store/section of your food store? The two stores I shop in the most have Health Food or Organic sections. My favorite bread Is “Food For Life’s” 7 Sprouted Grains. It uses Unsulphered molasses. My favorite Yogurt is Fage’s Greek Strained, non fat or 2%. I add fruit and vanilla. I prefer it to ice cream .

  6. TeacherForex said,

    Please do it right now. I love it to read something about this theme

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