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May 11, 2019 08:20:17

Why is Everything so Sweet in America?

by @jacklyons PATRON | 283 words | 🐣 | 127💌

Jack Lyons

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Since arriving in the States a few months ago I've noticed that the food here is far, far sweeter than normal. Scientists and marketers would probably just say it's because American's have a sweeter tooth. But in my mind I think that's a load of BS. You're getting artificially sweetened foods stuffed down every aisle of the supermarket whether you like it or not.

That makes me sad when I read articles stating over a third of the US population, yup, that's more than 100 million people, has some form of diabetes.

Maybe I'm just a naive Aussie learning the ways of 'Murrica. But it's mind boggling to me how there are just so many foods that you'd never expect to have sugar in them.

Yeah, sure we have sweet food in Australia, but I've just never seen such a large quantity... I mean, it is in everything!

What I don't understand is combining much sugar with a meal like dinner. Frozen meals, spaghetti sauces, spices and condiments are all packed with the stuff. Bacon is glazed with honey or maple. Beef, turkey, pork ... In many dishes, they all follow suit.

Sure, it may be delicious, but it's so over the top that I just know it's not good for me. I wonder though, as an American growing up with these foods everyday, do you grow a tolerance to it? Does it become normal, or can you still taste the excess sugar? Is it un-American to not add sugar?

Sorry to rant, but I honestly feel bad for all the Americans out there trying to eat healthy. It is really, really hard to stay away from sugary foods, especially when you don't suspect them.


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    @jacklyons - Welcome to #TeamStreak Jack. And I totally agree with your observation! Too much sweetness here.

    Keni avatar Keni | May 13, 2019 10:15:02
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    @jacklyons congratulation! I have not been to the U.S before, kind of astonished to know that. Thanks for sharing! However, maybe no matter where you are, the only choice to control the sugar, salt and oil in a healthy way is not eating outside.

    5plus6 avatar 5plus6 | May 12, 2019 22:11:42
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    @jacklyons Congrats and welcome to the #TeamStreak !

    Knight avatar Knight | May 12, 2019 07:47:16
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    @jacklyons hey, welcome to #TeamStreak mate! :)

    PhilH avatar PhilH | May 12, 2019 00:50:08
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      @philh Thanks for the support! This community is awesome :)

      Jack Lyons avatar Jack Lyons | May 11, 2019 20:49:52
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    @jacklyons Congrats on the streak, Jack, and welcome to #TeamStreak (I'm a recent member, too).

    I live in Kuwait, and we have junk food that's ridiculous in the amounts of sugar added. I'm pretty sure we grow accustomed to it because when I stop having sugar for a week I can't stand some of the things I'm used to having.

    Haider Al-Mosawi avatar Haider Al-Mosawi | May 12, 2019 01:22:38
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      @haideralmosawi Yeah it's really hard to eat sugar free! After watch That Sugar Film it seems basically impossible these days! Except it's just such a shame that in places like the USA they have to make the "normal" level of sugar so high!

      Jack Lyons avatar Jack Lyons | May 11, 2019 20:50:56
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    @jacklyons Congrats for the streak! I (have) felt exactly the same when I came to the US. Way sweet. Everything is sweetened. Sweets are too sweet. I cannot eat even 2nd bite of chocolate cake after the first one. Chinese and Thai food is sweet. Green tea is sweet surprisingly... Thanks to that, I have so much passion to cook by myself.

    Hiro avatar Hiro | May 11, 2019 11:51:59
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      @hiro Yeah it's insane, like even fruits that I am used to eating back at home just seem "sweeter". Very strange. But yes, that's great to hear you are inspired to cook more yourself and take control!

      Jack Lyons avatar Jack Lyons | May 11, 2019 20:51:43
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    @jacklyons Ladies and Gentlemen of #Teamstreak....we have a NEW TEAM MEMBER!!!! Jack, over the past thirty days you have entertained us with your detailed and informative travel logs as well as posts about being a digital nomad and strategies for life. Regarding sugar, yes the standard American diet has way too much of it. I think it stems from the fat scare decades ago when fat was the enemy causing the shift to low-fat foods. Well, when you take out fat guess what goes in its place? Now that I have been reading labels, I have been equally appalled by how much sugar/carbs are loaded in foods. To answer your question, growing up with these foods I would say you do become tolerant to so much sugar. Now that I haven't had sugar for a couple weeks, I notice when I have a mint with artificial sweetener it does taste sweeter than I remember. Welcome to the team!! We are #Teamstreak!!!
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    Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | May 11, 2019 09:36:20
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      @brandonwilson awesome to hear your story! It's good to know that people aren't just blindly looking away but taking action, reading labels, cooking more and making positive decisions to reduce the amount of sugar in their diets! I get it, sugar is delicious with food, but not when it is on everything! And one thing I don't like is the new trend to "healthy" sugars like honey, stevia, monkfruit and whatever else ... it's still just such a hit to the tastebuds that after a while you probably lose flavour for all other foods too.

      Jack Lyons avatar Jack Lyons | May 11, 2019 20:54:01
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    @jacklyons Congratulations on joining #TeamStreak Jack! Great post, as always.

    Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | May 11, 2019 17:26:00
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      @basilesamel Thank you so much! I really enjoy 200 WAD!

      Jack Lyons avatar Jack Lyons | May 11, 2019 20:54:16
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