What’s one thing that most kids will agree is the bee’s knees? Take a poll of a few youngsters and I think you’ll find their favourite treat will be candy or ice-cream or cake. Adults are a tougher crowd what with all our dietary restrictions and off-limits foodstuffs. But the majority will still be happy with some sort of dessert after a meal or for a treat. And that’s what we’re talking about this week, the almighty sugar crystal and it’s hold over us.
When I was growing up candy or chocolate were rare treats, not something to be taken for granted. And we didn’t have numerous food products laced with high-fructose corn syrup on our pantry shelves. I find that my childhood does have some sort of a positive influence on my adult self in that even though I’m a bit of a sugar hound-dog who always has to have a bowl of treats around, I don’t indulge to excess.
Ever since our ancestors discovered the wonder of honey and then sugar cane our tongues have been mad for sweet delicacies. I guess it was better for us when sugar was hard to come by and wasn’t hidden in most items in grocery stores. And that’s why folks are going on sugar-free and more importantly, high-fructose corn syrup-free diets; breaking their addictions to those potent crystals and claiming they feel ten times better than before. As for me, I still consider sugar my precious and I really don’t want to have to drink my tea sugarless. I also want to unwrap a chocolate now and then without guilt and really enjoy it, because the cocoa bean without sugar is a little too bittersweet for me.
[Img.Src: Candy Store, World War One Sugar Poster]