Monday, January 22, 2007

Sugar overload

Okay, this is a pet peeve of mine: gatherings or public events that have NO healthy food choices. I know it's cheaper to buy sugary, preservative-laden junk food to feed the masses, but jeez: can you at least TRY? Or splurge on one tray of veggies or something? This is from a public event I attended over the weekend. It may be a bit hard to make out in the picture, but those are two trays of assorted doughnuts (cinnamon sugar, powdered sugar and sugar sprinkles), next to baked jelly-filled turnovers of some sort. To be fair, the picture doesn't show that farther down the table, there were some bananas cut in half, but bananas are one of the highest sugar content fruits around. The beverage choices were coffee and canned sodas. Aaaaargh. It's the same story at high school athletic events, which I attend often because my husband coaches. The concession stands usually only sell an assortment of chips, candy (most of them supersized), and sugary drinks. I mean, would it kill you to have some low-sugar granola bars, snack crackers or trail mix packs on hand?

Am I the only one who has seen the studies that show diabetes on the rise around the world? Heck, walk through almost any mall in the U.S. on the weekend and you'll be shocked by the obesity on display. I know some people will say, "It's their choice to eat crap and look that way." Of course. But I don't have to enable it. I think if people are at least presented with one or two healthy choices, they will occasionally make a better choice. And as someone who has seen the effects of diabetes in her family and who tries not to eat junk, I like to have a healthy choice when I attend public functions. So for those who'd care to do the same, here are some healthy food choice ideas. Happy eating!

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