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Zucker / Sugar

Hier ist ein sehr interessanter bildlicher Vergleich der Zuckermengen in Nahrungsmitteln und Getränken zu sehen.

(Vielen Dank an franksemails.com)

English readers: scroll down please!

Ganz offensichtlich ist, dass Getränke mit Abstand die grössten Zuckerbomben sind, besonders weil man von ihnen eine viel grössere Menge zu sich nimmt als zum Beispiel von Keksen. Dennoch haben die Konsumenten noch nicht dafür gesorgt, dass die Zuckergetränke komplett durch Getränke mit Süssungsmitteln ersetzt werden. Anscheinend sind die gesundheitlichen Folgen des übermässigen Zuckerkonsums entweder vielen Leuten nicht klar oder nicht so wichtig. Für den zweiten Punkt spricht, dass ja die Krankenversicherung die Behandlungskosten tragen wird. Das ist ungefähr so, wie wenn die Kfz-Versicherung das Benzin bezahlt. Dann kauft man sich natürlich gerne den Geländewagen mit dem 500 PS-Motor. Wieder mal ein Beispiel für verkehrte Anreize.

Und bitte nicht wieder jammern, dass der Staat halt den Produzenten diese Sachen verbieten soll. Ich denke, dass sich der Homo Sapiens Sapiens weit genug entwickelt hat, damit jeder selbst entscheiden kann, was er/sie in sich hineinstopft.

Und wer sich Gedanken über die gesundheitlichen Folgen von Zuckerersatzstoffen macht, sollte bedenken, dass Zucker in der falschen Dosierung auch so manch unangenehme Langzeitwirkung hat.

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And now for the English-speaking readers:

The link above leads to a nice comparison of how much sugar different foods and drinks contain. It becomes absolutely clear that softdrinks are the biggest “sugar bombs”, especially if you consider that you’ll consume much more of it than, say, of cookies. So it is surprising that consumers have not yet decided to switch completely to sugar-free drinks, although the possibility of choice exists. Either they don’t realize the dangers of consuming too much sugar or they realize that they don’t have to pay for future medical treatment costs because insurance will cover everything. The latter case is like having a car insurance that pays for gasoline. That way it would make much more sense to buy that shiny new SUV with the 500 horsepower engine. Again, an example of wrong incentives.

And, please, don’t call for the government to prohibit such products! Homo Sapiens Sapiens should be so far developed that they can make their own decisions about what to indulge.

And if someone has concerns about long-term effects of sugar substitutes, please, consider that sugar has its own nasty long-term effects in case of overconsumption.

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6 comments on “Zucker / Sugar

  1. Wait! You are missing the point… it TASTES good. It is like smoking. People know it is bad, however, it is just so good (even though it is inherently unhealthy).

    People do not ordinary think long term… even with a clear incentive available – especially the younglings. They live the moment… There is no self-control anymore.

    In that regard, you can just look at it as society burning itself. Definitely, moral decay and a sense of entitlement is contributing to the above mentality.

    Solution: Move to Poland. Great stuff going on there.

    • Au contraire! Sucralose seems to be the first sweetener that matches sugar in taste and it is already used in many products. Further, the economists Kevin Murphy and Gary Becker have written about “rational addiction”, showing that people do consider long-term consequences of their addictions. Check this interview with Kevin Murphy and scroll down to “addiction”:
      http://www.minneapolisfed.org/publications_papers/pub_display.cfm?id=4208
      BTW, tell me more about Poland, please. You got me interested.

  2. Fine. You win the Internet(s). At least until studies find that Sucralose causes cancer and horrible diseases.

    Oh, about Poland… idk. It just seems like everyone forgets about it. And some old, white guy thinks Poland is going to be a superpower for some reason.

    http://therealbarackobama.wordpress.com/2009/06/30/batchelor-star-wars-2009-2050/

    Captain Capitalism also said “I did not forget Poland. And Poland is a good place.” He did not forget.

    Truthfully, I know nothing about the country. But without Poland there would be no golonka. Delicious.

    • It’s strange how products and their companies are supposed to be evil, whereas we always think that everything that comes from mother nature has to be healthy. Don’t forget that companies can be sued for hundreds of millions. Think of pharmaceuticals and tobacco companies. It’s not in their interest to poison us.

      George Friedman has some interesting ideas. Of course, Poland will be an important ally to the US, but are they going to be strong enough to be a great European power? I doubt so. Still, this whole “let’s predict the next 100 years” thing is squishy at best. And how could it not be? It’s very difficult to predict the next 10 years, so it’s nearly impossible to make predictions about the next 50 or 100 years. Nevertheless, I’ll give it a shot in one of my next posts 😉

  3. It’s so funny you bring this up.

    When I first moved to Germany and drank a Pepsi, I was shocked at how bitter it was. For the remainder of my time in Germany, I drank Fanta which was, in my estimation, slightly sweeter.

    I once saw a delectable chocolate cake and eagerly ordered a piece. My face went blank as I discovered it had far less sugar than I expected and the awful bitterness of unsweetened chocolate hit me.

    I became accustomed to less sugar while living there. Upon returning to the US, when I drank my first can of Pepsi, it tasted like syrup and I gagged on it. I’ve switched to Coke (which has less sugar) ever since.

    I don’t have much of a sweet tooth. I’d rather have seconds of dinner than dessert. I drink iced tea without sugar. I admire the Germans for developing a taste for things not so sweet, but I suspect it’s rooted in your history when sugar was unavailable.

    My only suggestion would be to pump up the sugar for chocolate cake. Sugar may be bad, but remember that alcohol is a form of refined sugar with lots of calories. Your beer is worse than a pepsi and the latter won’t get you arrested or killed driving home.

    I once met a health nut who put sugar on his food. I thought it was strange and queried him. He said that all the sugar substitutes were suspected of causing cancer and a person who is very active doesn’t need to worry about sugar which burns off before it becomes fat. So I would augment your remarks by saying that a proper diet AND exercise, in balance, is the key to a healthy lifestyle. Exercise is often the missing component. I know several obese vegetarians who don’t eat sweets.

    • Interesting story. To German tastes, Fanta is probably very very sweet (at least I think so). Regarding chocolate, you have to distinguish between milk chocolate and bitter chocolate. The latter is very popular in Germany, but we also have sweet milk chocolate. Though I have to admit, nothing beats Hershey’s when it comes to sweetness (I like Hershey’s very much, but they’re hard to get in Germany).

      Of course, I’m no health nazi, so I won’t say what people should drink or eat. I just think that people should be more aware of what amount of sugar and calories they are drinking. And I don’t buy that argument about cancer. People use mobile phones, eat beef like there was no BSE, and eat a dozen types of chemical food dyes, but they are afraid of sugar substitutes? Somehow, this reminds me of the vaccination opponents.

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