Golly Gosh, frozen yogurt might kill us quicker than ice cream.
Low-fat products backfire on us.
Because when they remove the fat, the product doesn’t taste so good, so they add sugar.
Frozen yogurt is low fat, high sugar.
At a fro-yo shop, you can pile on extra sugar-chips, gumdrops and worms.
Yikes. Sugar shock.
What’s so bad about sugar?
Table Sugar (Sucrose) is half Glucose and half Fructose.
Glucose feeds our cells and can be stored for energy. (Tiny amounts may convert to fat.)
Fructose becomes fat, fatty liver, insulin resistance, stiff narrow arteries, heart disease.
As we fill up and get satiated, Fructose blocks those “satiated” messages to the brain, so we think we’re still hungry.
So we eat some more!!
Perfect ploy for our sugared product! Sell more! Eat more!
If the food company throws in High Fructose Corn Syrup (a.k.a. HFCS), then we will devour even more of that product. Because higher Fructose tells us we’re “still hungry.”
- HFCS is higher in Fructose than sucrose is.
- HFCS is cheap, easy to add to products (everything!!) since 1975.
- HFCS is 20% sweeter than sugar! Addictive –
- HFCS has Fructose “unbound” from Glucose, which makes it metabolize worse than regular sugar/sucrose.
Okay. Such are the dangers of Sucrose, Fructose, HFCS, and oftentimes frozen yogurt.
What’s good about Ice Cream?
- Dairy “milk sugar” is Lactose.
- Lactose = galactose + glucose, both of which are well metabolized by the body, causing less fat build-up or disease (compared with Fructose).
- Natural Dairy has no Fructose – but beware of added sugars, flavorings, toppings.
- With Lactose we feel the hormonal signals to stop eating (no blocked messages).
Lactose-intolerant people might enjoy ice cream made from coconut milk, almond milk, or soy milk. (However – many of us are allergic to soy.)
But Sugar. It’s a nice thing, a happy thing. If only we weren’t saturated with it.
Experts say sugar is the real killer for modern humans. It puts fat in our organs and diseases in our body – diabetes, heart disease, fatty liver and more.
Can you believe a typical teen/adult consumes 70 to 120 Gm of sugar a day??
That’s about 18 to 30 teaspoons a day. (Quadruple our limit!)
It’s up to 5 times more sugar than our grandparents / great-grandparents ate.
Our natural fruits and veggies give us about 15 Gm sugar/per day.
But with processed food and drink, sugar sky-rockets.
Our high-sugar intake is partly due to all the HFCS in processed foods.
Many people get liver cirrhosis not from alcohol, but
because sugar intake leads to fatty liver, then cirrhosis.
The American Heart Association recommends we limit our sugar intake to:
men 36 Gm per day
women 24 Gm per day (Don’t get excited, we do have different metabolism.)
With these guidelines, subtract my 15 Gm fruit/vegs, I get 9 Gm sugar to play with.
When I look at the label on my ice cream carton, I watch those sugar grams.
I mean, I’m not going to live without ice cream, okay?
It’s like, the best culinary invention ever. I buy no-added-sugar ice cream.
(Watch out for artificial sweeteners. Don’t fall into that ditch either.)
Can you believe the portion is only a half-cup? How much is that, anyhow?
I have to use the smallest container in my kitchen, a tiny juice glass, for portion control on my half-cup of ice cream.
Can you believe it?
Can I be happy with this little treat?
I really don’t want a fatty liver, fatty heart, and all those troubles . . .
Also nofructose.com has great info and powerful slogans: