So, here I am ... wondering why my MD didn’t tell me to watch my sugar as well??? We all know the answer to that, don’t we so I won’t expand on it. Perhaps it’s the same reason he didn’t tell me much besides “Let’s get you on a statin, dear.” But I digress.
Sugar of all types is hidden in many, many prepackaged or prepared foods and unless you make everything from scratch, you will find these unwanted sugars. Therefore, if you are an “open the box” type of cook, you can count on it. I have a policy (though there are some exceptions) that I don’t eat anything packaged that has more than six ingredients and I must be able to pronounce them all without difficulty - a challenge in itself. I cook from scratch, most of the time, but on the rare occasion I opt for a convenience food, it is with great care. An example would be our favorite pancake mix which I use because I like it better than most of the homemade ones I have tried ... and are ... well ... convenient ... so the ingredients are:
- whole wheat flour, unbleached and un-enriched wheat flour
- wheat starch
- buttermilk solids
- sweet whey
- leavening (baking soda)
Now to be fair, my old pancake mix ... well ... you’ll see why I changed brands. It’s list of ingredients are:
- enriched bleach flour
- sugar, leavening (sodium bicarbonate, sodium aluminum phosphate, monocalicium phospates)
- soy flour
- partially hydrogenated soybean and cottonseed oils
- mono-diglycerides (emulsifier)
So, that’s just one example - there are many, many more. What's your choice? Are you worth it?