I came in from walking the dog and needed a snack. Having spotted a jar of Peanut Butter in the Larder, I fancied a little bit of homemade bread with a big spread of peanut butter on it. What’s wrong with this? I thought.
I did did manage to eat what I had given myself, and within ten minutes had a sugar low for twenty minutes and had to sit down as I felt dizzy. You guessed, I got the jar out again and had a look. It was called super snack Crunchy Peanut Butter.
Sugar, Emulsifier E471, Hydrogenated Soyabean Oil. And salt.
On the Nutritional information it lists 10g of sugar per 100g product. That’s two heaped spoonfuls.
What was also interesting that after I had some homemade duck soup for lunch, I felt I really needed something sweet again and ended up eating four of my Medjoul dates. Sugar is addictive in foods. There is no doubt in my mind about it. It’s an instant addiction as well, worse than Smoking I expect.
The British government keep sounding off how everyone is obese, and it is affecting the NHS. That children are getting diabetes, and they are all overweight. How is it that a childhood staple, (so long as you don’t have a peanut allergy), is allowed to contain so much sugar.
I have just had a full Health MOT. I smoke and do very little exercise. The results were staggering.
All functions normal. Blood pressure 107/62. Total Cholesterol HDL ratio 2.4 LDL 2.3
QRISK 6.3 % (likelihood of heat attack or stroke) Diabetes risk 5%
However I smoke a 25 g packet of tobacco a week, and probably drink right on the 14 units of alcohol possibly a bit more. Red wine is known to be good for your Heart! Oh and I don’t do any excercise to speak of. Just a meander with an aged dog.
I also eat a huge amount of Butter and fat. For instance that Bean Crock has all the fatty skin cut up and put back in it. I usually eat marmite or vegemite on a lot of butter. Sometimes I manage to find the bit of bread I started with... I am sixty and on the plump side of not actually being overweight. I know I have fairly good bone density.
What I don’t do is eat Sugary foods or add sugar to my diet. Eating the peanut butter with sugar in gave me a funny turn. My husband suggested mixing it into the next batch of bird food I make.
I wouldn’t give it to the dog, so I don’t think I will give it to the birds. I can’t take it back because I opened it.
I have asked my Husband to take reading glasses with him when He is shopping. He says He prefers to do the shopping, He loves the Supermarket. I tend to just go and buy what I need, He likes to browse around. I hate wasting food, I just don’t know what to do with this Peanut Butter.
Another thing I may as well make from scratch.
What did turn up from my health MOT was being low in vitamin D. I have to go back and talk to the doctor. Somehow I doubt the follow up visit to the £190 will be included. I get my car serviced every year, I thought it was about time I booked for one each year. The Westfield Health top up policy my Husband and I subscribe to is excellent value, and they now offer a lump sum annually for an MOT.
The general symptoms of low vitamin D fit my rather obscure symptoms well. Fatigue, aches and pains, especially lower back pain. And guess what, very high incidence of depression. So yours truly will have to go Herring fishing. That’s the best source of vitamin. D in food.
We were all given rose hip hip syrup as kids during the winter. It was cheap back then. Now the pharmaceutical companies have hijacked it as a supplement for arthritis and put the price up 1000%.
I will make my own rose hip syrup with honey instead of sugar for next winter. It might be worth looking to see if there are any rose hips about still, as they are better after a frost.
Its a good thing I like Herring! I don’t think my husband does. I must check how much anchovies in oil have vitimin D, as they are delicious. The Medjoul dates have the minerals that help to assimilate vitamin D, so that’s probably why I am craving them. The Dates, Honey and maple syrup are not a problem in small quantities for me. I have a little dribble of maple syrup on porridge in the morning.
No wonder I was raving about the quality of the smoked fish in Russia when we visited. There were little bits on the breakfast buffet. It’s interesting that farmed salmon only contains a third of the
vitamin D of wild salmon, so no point in laying in a stock of smoked salmon. I wouldn’t be able to afford the wild stuff!
Vitimin D is very good for people that get SAD syndrome, like me. The winter blues. It’s
understandable that the Scandinavians, Russians and Canadians who all get very dark winters eat lots of Herring and oily fish it’s full of vitimin D.
Probably the the cheapest way to get my dose is order the vitimin D salmon oil for the dog, and we can share it. Apparently it’s brilliant for their coats, and stops them going senile. Perhaps it will do the same for me. I think I might order Her some later!