From time to time I know it can be a bit tiring to be friends with, related to or in a relationship with me, the adamant no-fructose-advocate that I am. Even four years after being diagnosed with fructose malabsorption, I’m not showing any signs of fatigue in bringing up the fructose topic. Be it by making critical observations on why certain foods are unhealthy (which I usually make just as a friend is about to dive into their said plate of food). or in response to somebody once again asking me, why (after turning down the piece of cake) I won’t have any of the fruit either. Enter the sugar-police! I always try not to lecture, rather to explain. I understand that my little sister for example is not keen on hearing my opinions on sugar, as she is just about to have a bite of her delicious looking cupcake. (I am still the older sister, though, so bear with me) In the end, all I am really trying to say is that I am concerned about the health of my loved ones.
Good to see that my relentless fructose free input has left some positive marks within my circle of friends. They seem much more conscious about handling their daily sugar intake and some have even taken to research on their own. Lucky me, sometimes they share an interesting article or two with me. Lucky you, sometimes I share those articles with you! So here goes:
Watch this video to find out more about how the fast food industry manipulates children with its products and advertising. For example we may learn that ‘40% of the calories children and teens eat nowadays come from fat and sugar’, that ‘foods are engineered to target our evolutionary impulses’ and that ‘a typical kid sees almost 5.000 TV ads for food and drinks each year, almost all of them high in sugar, saturated fat and salt’. Thank you for sharing, Isa!
Also, here’s a great article by renowned fructose-enemy Robert Lustig (most of you have probably seen his lecture “Sugar: The Bitter Truth”). He points out why the latest decisions regarding fructose made by the European Food and Safety Agency (EFSA) are not based on scientific facts. (Thanks for sharing, Rob!)
And don‘t forget to check out those two blogs from my blogroll: Potpourri and Fan-Frucing-Tastic.