Before driving to your local fast food restaurant to dive into something sweet you might want to check out the nutrition facts on some of their tantalizing desserts. The Banana Cream Pie Blizzard at DQ contains a whopping 1,090 calories with 29 teaspoons of sugar while Coldstone Creamery’s Gotta Have It Oreo Crème Ice Cream packs 1,060 calories and 22.75 teaspoons of sugar. Want a less caloric option? Try McDonald’s Large Rolo McFlurry. It has just 26 grams of sugar and 830 calories.
Let’s talk about sugar….
Remember hearing the music of the ice cream truck on a summer afternoon? Getting an orange Push-Up or Dreamcicle was a treat that happened once or twice a month, maybe. Now we reward children (and employees) on a regular basis with sugar or some type of food. The police department in Spokane Washington is handing out coupons for free soft-serve ice cream at McDonald’s to children who wear their helmet while bicycle riding. We need to find a healthier way to reward our children!
Like alcohol, tobacco and heroine, sugar can be addictive. And it’s everywhere, not just in candies and desserts. It’s added to tomato sauce, yogurt and granola bars.
You’ve heard how bad high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is for us. HFCS is a man-made sweetener that hit the market about 30 years ago, and since then the obesity rate has skyrocketed. The tricky thing a dieter must learn is that sugar is known as fructose, sucrose, maltose, glucose, lactose, dextrose and starch, so it helps to learn how to read the labels of all of the foods you buy.
The brain likes new and different foods, so eat a wide variety – not the same thing over and over again. And the next time you’re craving a warm, gooey cookie, consider the benefits and delicious, natural taste of blueberries, watermelon, strawberries and raspberries.