Sugar On The Homestead

| 7/30/2015 11:29:00 AM

Tags: Too Much Sugar, Cutting Out Sugar, No Sugar Challenge, Christine Nelson,

Christine NelsonWhen you think of a farm fresh meal, what comes to mind? I would say roasted leg of lamb with sweet potatoes, salad and of course, an amazing dessert like apple pie or peach cobber.

But if we are all really trying to be like our ancestors and grow our own food, where does sugar really fit in? Back in the day, sugar was an extra special and rare treat. I remember the episode of Little House on The Prairie when Pa had been on a long trip and on his return he brought with him a small amount of sugar. In the show they poured some out and oooed and awwwed over it like it was gold. If you think about it, the amount of sugar he brought back with him was probably equivalent to what we put in one whole pie. We certainly don't stretch it over a long period of time like Ma Ingalls probably did.

apple pie sprinkled with sugar | Fotolia/Dani Vincek

Photo: Fotolia/Dani Vincek

Think about what people might consume each day that contains added sugar that you don't even consider to be a special dessert. Let's say for breakfast you had a muffin, for lunch a BLT and dinner your favorite pasta. Even if you made every single meal from scratch, the typical recipe for all of these contains sugar. Add it all up and you are most definitely consuming more than you think.

A dessert now and then is not so bad, but sugar seems to be added to everything now, even from scratch recipes. It seems so many recipe books, including those titled Grandma's Down Home Cookin', involve adding sugar to even spaghetti sauce.

8/4/2015 11:15:03 AM

Christine, I don't pay as much attention to sugar consumption as I should. I suspect my over indulgence is more on the side of starches than sugar. Bread, potatoes, and pasta among other things contribute to that. On the up side, garden fresh vegetables and some fruit (natural sugar but still sugar) are on the menu. I'm eating much less sugar that during my younger years. The best thing that I did was to stop drinking soda pop. I would say that's the downfall of most Americans of the 20s and 30s. Fast food and soda which used to be a special treat has become normal eating for the millennial generation. Unfortunately, the American culture has been duped into thinking that it's good to eat and drink sugar free products. It's no sugar, right? We as a society eat and drink so many unnatural chemicals that no one can predict how it affects our health. Polls taken indicate that over 50 percent of the population in America is single. Hardly any single people that I know, especially those without family, eat at home. Add to it alcohol, prescription drugs, cubical work conditions and it's a wonder any one is surviving. I'm glad I have retired from that life style and find my kicks at my garden (Terra Nova Gardens). ***** Have a great sugar free day.

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