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Yesterday my 3 year old grandaughter and I were walking through the yard. She saw the lemon tree out there and immediately started chattering about wanting lemonade. I thought “Why not?”

We picked some nice lemons and I came into the house to make a simple syrup. I squeezed some of the lemons into a pitcher and added simple syrup to the juice until it had the right sweetness. Add some ice and you’ve got lemonade, Delicious!

But as I was making the syrup I thought about how sugar has really been demonized. When I was a child my mother had some kind of fresh baked something for our dessert after dinner and sometimes as a snack after school. She used sugar. My father liked putting sugar in his iced tea. I sprinkled sugar on my shredded wheat biscuits. Sugar was just sugar; it wasn’t a big deal.

Until processed food bacame the norm, portions were supersized, America’s sweet tooth grew bigger and bigger, and so did our waistlines. Children began for the first time being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Type 2 used to be called “adult onset” until more and more children suffered from obesity and the ills that went with it.

Sugar may have been a contributing factor, yes, but it’s not the enemy. Like anything that’s being overused, it carries with it some consequences.

The reason I’m writing about this is an article that I received last week. Someone in the UK has the bright idea to tax chocolate! Ok, now they‘re hitting below the belt! I’m a chocolatier, for goodness sake, and this guy makes my profession sound like a bunch of drug pushers. I take offense.

One thing in the article he says is that the public has been let to believe that chocolate is good for you. Some of the larger chocolate manufacturers have indeed jumped on that band wagon and I wish they hadn’t. wine makers want you to believe the same thing. I hear a lot of conflicting opinions on that one.

So, here’s the link to the article about taxing chocolate. If you have a chance, take a look and let me know what you think. And in the meantime, here’s a little “health food” to wet your appetite.

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      Yana Berlin wrote Mar 15, 2009
    • I’m with you Cynthia, everything in moderation is good for you, sugar included.

      I have a friend who was visiting from Germany (this took place about 10 years ago), we took him out to a nice restaurant. He ate half of everything on his plate and claimed that he was stuffed. I clearly remember polishing everything off my plate. Yesterday we were sitting at the same restaurant, when dinner was served I couldn’t help but notice that while portions were large ten years ago, they just got a bit larger, and this is in a bad economy.

      Portion control is the most difficult thing to handle when you are served a lot of everything, along with a basket of bread.

      But forget that, taxing chocolate is just outrageous.  

      Chocolate is good food

      This is my story and I’m sticking to it. estatic



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      Linni wrote Mar 15, 2009
    • Good grief! another way to make money! you know, if people would use things ( sugar ) the way they SHOULD there would be no problem!  

      Like you said Cynthia, we have supersized EVERYTHING! there was a case where there where families that wanted to take McDonalds to court because thier children gained weight! well, if thier children didn’t eat McDonalds EVERYDAY, breakfast, lunch, and supper, they wouldn’t have gained weight!



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      Mary Clark wrote Mar 15, 2009
    • I think this is a crock of __________________!

      Tax all the foods that are processed....that is where the obesity comes from.  I mean where are these people coming from that think up this stuff?????  

      I use sugar in my coffee..even though I did vow to give it up....oh well.....I had good intentions.



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      Bluerose wrote Mar 15, 2009
    • First of all ... you look to young to be a grandmother!  Making lemonade with your granddaughter ... I think you‘re making it up!  he he ... J/K - But you do look great to be a granny!

      Second - Sugar is fine as long as it’s in moderation.  I refuse to use the fake sugar (the blue, pink, & yellow packets).



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      Cynthia Schmidt wrote Mar 15, 2009
    • Bluerose, I confess, she’s my step grandbaby. Although I am old enough to have her mother as my daughter! Thanks for the great compliment.

      Maritza, I am too much of an animal lover to see a study done on cats. That would break my heart. But I studied clinical nutrition with a college professor who is a phD in nutrition, specializing in childhood obesity and diabetes. I agree that it’s the preservatives. If you put margarine out in the sun it takes on a plastic like appearance. I don’t use anything that’s fake. My body just doesn’t know what the heck to do with fake stuff. It would be like eating the lid of a tupperware container. My body would do its best to rid itself of the foreign matter.

      So, that being said, I eat sugar, I eat butter, I buy organic, I patronize our local farmer’s market. I agree with you about preservatives and toxins. That’s for sure.



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      Barbian7 wrote Mar 15, 2009
    • I think it’s so odd to go into a grocery store now, and about 80% is ‘low fat‘, ‘fat free‘, ‘sugarfree‘, etc.  I honestly think that in a decade or two, we‘re going to see all sorts of health issues associated with asparatame, and the dreaded Splenda.  It’s such a joke.  Eat real food, in season, and consider it a JOY.  That’s really the essence of the Slow Food Movement—trying to get people back to joy at the table.  I use real butter, and I use sugar, I try to use organic, etc.  Making real lemonade is making memories with your grand daughter, and teaching her about cooking too, and joy in the kitchen.  That’s far more special than a stupid sugar substitute.



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      Daphne wrote Mar 16, 2009
    • Great post, Cynthia.  The idea that taxation is the answer to the financial woes of this country is going to bring this country down in the end.  I am being faced with the possibility of having to tax my clients on the service they receive.  The NYS governor is mulling that one over as we speak.  How can a tax be imposed on SERVICE???  It’s ludicrous.

      If the gov’t feels that “loaning” trillions of dollars (that can’t be backed up) to business to bail them out, let them print more valueless money to bail the rest of America out...taxing us to death will never help recover the damage that “loaning” that money did.  I’m not waiting with my hand on my ass to ever see that money repaid.



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      Holly Beck wrote Mar 16, 2009
    • I agree with Bernadette - I also read and LOVED the book “In Defense of Food“. To add one thing -
      it is not so much the sugar, but the high fructose corn syrup that is found in so many processed foods that is so bad.  When the farmers started being subsidised for growing all that corn and food processors started using more and more HFCS (high fructose corn syrup) in more and more ‘foods’ - THAT is when the weight of the average American really started to go through the roof!  

      I believe in moderation, like a lot of others have already said, and also eating REAL food - not processed stuff.



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