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A Letter from the Orange Juice People

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So the good folks at the Florida Department of Citrus want their voice heard, and who are we not to oblige? Just for the record, orange juice probably is, as they say, more healthful than apple juice or grape juice.

What worries us, and the point we're trying to make, is that when people drink orange juice like it is water, they are ingesting too much sugar. Fruit juice may have its place, but many children (and many adults) drink WAY too much juice when they should be drinking water instead.

Anyway, they write:

Dear Sugar Stacks team,

On behalf of the Florida Department of Citrus, I am writing in response
to your recent "stack-up" about the sugar content of orange juice on
SugarStacks.com.  Please allow us to share further information.

Orange juice is a convenient, naturally nutritious beverage with no
added sugars or preservatives that can be a healthy part of most diets.
In fact, its naturally occurring sugars provide the body with ready
sources of energy. One 8-ounce glass of 100 percent orange juice
delivers essential vitamins and nutrients to support good health and
counts as almost 25 percent of the USDA-recommended daily fruit and
vegetable servings, based on a 2,000-calorie diet.  Research shows
orange juice is more nutrient rich than many commonly consumed 100
percent fruit juices, such as apple, grape, pineapple and prune.

But it's important to note that not all juices are created equal. To
distinguish 100% orange juice from products that contain very little
real fruit juice, compare the percent of pure juice, nutrients and
ingredients.

Please feel free to contact me if you'd like to discuss in more detail.
Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,

Karen Mathis

This is not a diet blog, but...

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This site isn't about dieting, It's about giving shape and form to what is hidden in the food we eat.

That said, I'm on a diet and I'm going to blog about it, for my own benefit as much as for any potential readers.

The method of my diet is simple. I count calories. Everything I eat, I write down the calorie count, keeping a running total. I limit my daily intake to 1500-1600 calories per day. No exceptions are allowed. If I cannot figure out the exact calorie count for something, I don't eat it.

Though this allows me to eat whatever I want, my general strategy is to balance protein, fat, and carbohydrates. I never eat a meal that is pure carbs or pure protein. I always make sure there is a healthy fat content to keep me satiated. So, if I eat a bowl of oatmeal, I'll have an egg along with it. I'll pick a hamburger over skinless chicken breast. I find that keeping this balance helps me from being too hungry.

Relearning the taste of food

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From the cradle we're trained to expect sugar, lots of sugar, in almost everything we eat. It's not enough that most children grow up never eating peanut butter without the accompaniment of jelly. Even the peanut butter itself gets sugar added for a double-whammy of unnecessary sugar.

People cannot even imagine what simple, unadulterated peanut butter might be like. They have never had the chance to taste its complex richness, to appreciate the true flavor of roasted peanuts. They aren't even aware that they might be missing something. Anyone who does take the time to experience it would never go back to the sugar-laden varieties; they'd miss the real taste too much.

Even a spice like cinnamon is so often coupled with sugar that people cannot imagine enjoying it by itself. But such an aromatic and versatile spice should be used, and appreciated, on its own. Take a bowl of plain oatmeal, add a healthy spoonful of cinnamon, some chopped nuts, and maybe some sliced apple. Eat that for a week. Then go back and try one of those premade oatmeal-sugar packets. You won't be able to stand the treacly sweetness. You'll miss the FLAVOR too much.

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