This I Believe

Anthony - McEwen, Tennessee
Entered on July 13, 2007
Age Group: 65+

I believe that you probably eat too much sugar. And I really believe that you would be interested in hearing why you should give up eating refined sugar and also all sugar substitutes. You will find giving up sugar and sugar substitutes will be tough for a few weeks but then after you lose your sweet tooth, you will discover that you haven’t given up sweetness. You see, you will operate at a different level of sweetness. The candies that you were given to pacify you when you were little and Grandma’s pecan pie at Thanksgiving will be unpleasantly sweet. On the other hand, raw fruit like apples and oranges will taste wonderfully sweet, you might even like unsweetened lemon and raspberries. You can also eat and enjoy chocolate. Baking chocolate is all chocolate with no sugar to dilute the chocolate taste.

Then you will realize that you will never have to diet again to maintain your weight because empty carbohydrates based on sugar are responsible for most if not all obesity. There are plenty of lite products on the market that you can eat free of conscience. Canned fruits, especially pears and peaches are sweetened with fruit juice, as are all sorts of all fruit jellies and jams.

Your diet will actually tend to become healthier. Those green veggies that your mother tried to make you eat are a little bitter if you have a sweet tooth. You will find that they even taste yummy, all right, maybe not but much more palatable. And no cavities!! No sugar highs and lows!!

Then if you give up sugar you could even claim to protect the environment and save the world from global warming. For political reasons, sugar manufacture has a national importance that has permitted farmers in Florida to get away with destroying the Everglades with a process far more energy intensive than sugar produced in the developing countries. We could do much to improve our reputation in this globalized world by buying sugar from these developing countries and improve their standard of living. Then we could use all that uneaten sugar to make ethanol for fuel. The process to convert sugar into ethanol is far more efficient than that to convert corn and as Brazil has successfully demonstrated, it is an industry that doesn’t need the subsidy that our government gives corn farmers.

This I believe!