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After learning more and more about granulated sugar in my anthropology of food course, I am trying to quit eating it. Sugar and I have had a strong relationship for far too long, and I want to give it up. I want sugar to become an indulgence, an every-once-in-a-while treat and stop being a compulsive craving.
There are a number of health benefits to reducing sugar intake. Weight loss, of course, is a big one. However, sugar can have really detrimental effects even to those that do not struggle with weight. USCF professor Dr. Robert Lustig argues that the effects of sugar on the body closely resemble those of ethanol - a poison. A study in The Research Institute of Jupiter, FL showed that cocaine addicted mice forfeit the opportunity to consume cocaine when sugar was an alternative - showing just how addictive it can be. Another experiment held in Princeton showed that sugar can induce withdraw symptoms with another experiment with mice. “Scientists discovered that the animals experienced severe withdrawal symptoms, anxiety, the shakes and tremors when they had the sugar drink taken away - the same reaction drug addicts have when they need a hit.” When analyzed in this way, some can say that sugar is the only unregulated, food drug on the market today and is comparable to alcohol, caffeine, and tobacco.
There are also a plethora of human rights issues associated with sugar. I recently posted a list of sugar documentaries, some of which talk about this issue at great detail. If you are wanting other resources, check out Sweetness and Power by Sydney Mintz or Salt Sugar Fat by Michael Moss.
In search of a dessert-like treat, I experimented a bit and came up with this little loaf of banana bread. The combination of fruits make up for the sugar, but do not produce an overly sweet loaf. Recipe below.
No-sugar-added banana bread
2 very ripe bananas
1 semi ripe banana
1/8 cup milk
1/4 cup applesauce (homemade or sugar-free from the store)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
4 dates chopped
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup white flour (all whole wheat also works)
.5 tsp baking soda
.5 tsp baking powder
.25 tsp pumpkin pie spice or allspice
.25 tsp cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mash the 2 ripe bananas. Leave 0.5 of 3rd for topping decoration. Eat other half. Mix bananas with wet ingredients. In a separate bowl, combine dry ingredients, then incorporate wet. Stir well and then place in well buttered loaf pan. Bake for 30 minutes, checking regularly after 20.
Best if eaten with a friend on the front porch while discussing your day.
Handmade garlic, wholewheat pasta from the farmer’s market.
Served with roasted cherry tomatoes and sautéed mushrooms. Dressed with butter.
Had such a great trip to the farmer’s market yesterday.
Woke up early - around 7am - took a long shower, and then headed out into the fresh morning. The market is only about 1.25 miles away, making a 2.5 mile round trip, but for some reason, I usually drive. I think it is the pressure to get it done and start studying. Yesterday, I walked and it was amazing. The sun was out and since I left early, the moon was bright and visible on the other side of the sky. Grabbed a coffee from a cafe on the way there, ate an orange, and took my time walking around the market, talking to the farmers and seeing friends.
With the extra moments, i noticed some unique produce. I’m excited to be cooking with my little selections over the next week: baby eggplants, baby sweet potatoes, various types of chile, local mushrooms, hand-made pasta, and sweet, orange cherry tomatoes.
10. BLU Boy
Suggestions: Either try an ice cream sandwhich or a slice of fresh fruit pie with a scoop of the honey ice cream.
Suggestions: Buy a few orphans (premade left over cookies for only $1 each) or buy a customized dozen. Pair it with a side of cold milk, served in house.
Suggestions: Come with a friend and split our two favorite entrees - coconut curried shrimp and curried eggplant.Wash it down with a creamy avocado milkshake.
7. Bloomingfoods Market and Deli
Suggestions: Make some finger foods by buying freshly ground peanut butter, local honey, fresh fruits, and a loaf of locally made bread. Compliment with a salad and a small container of Talent’s coconut ice cream for dessert.
Suggestions: The two person sampler with all 6 vegetarian options.
5. Runcible Spoon
Suggestions: Split the veggie bennie and a stack of pancakes with a friend. Wash them down with a few cups of free refill coffee roasted in house.
4. Soma and Laughing Planet
Suggestions: First grab a cilantro pestado burrito in a whole wheat wrap from Laughing Planet, then head downstairs and grab a coffee and peanutbutter chocolate bar for dessert.
3. Bloomington Community Farmer’s Market
Suggestions: In summer: a warm and moist almond sweet roll from Sweet Claire’s Bakery and a hot coffee from Brown County Roasting Co. In winter: a steaming hot tamale from Bivi’s Tamales topped with salsa fresca con mango paired with a hot coffee.
2. City Bakery
Suggestions: The flakey almond croissant with a double, short americano.
1. Upland Brewery
Suggestions: The philly blackbean burger with a side of fries and a cold, refreshing wheat ale.