I already feel sheepish for asking this. I have a French colleague who swore up and down that there are places (prisons? He was vague, we were drinking) where sugar cubes are banned, because they are used to cut people in fights. A supposed bonus is that the sugar makes resulting wound heal poorly.
This all sounds like the kind of BS I would be proud to make up myself, and it's surprisingly difficult to look up on Google.
Has anyone else heard of this? Because if it's a thing, that is nutty.
posted by sandettie light vessel automatic
on Feb 6, 2014 -
I have a fairly good-size bag of very finely-granulated maple sugar. When I bought it at a farmer's market they told me I can use it "just like regular sugar!" but some googling implies that it works a little differently in baked goods. So given that I have very limited free time to experiment, I'm looking for some guidance on how to use it and recommended baked goods recipes that make use of the maple flavor. Extra bonus points for anything I can easily adapt to be nut-, egg-, and dairy-free.
posted by olinerd
on Jan 27, 2014 -
Resolution time! I grew up eating junk food. Lots of it. My fruit/veggie intake is minimal to non-existent. Though my BMI is in the healthy range, I know I can't possibly be
healthy with decades of this diet. Where do I even start to relearn how to eat? [more inside]
posted by sixtyten
on Dec 31, 2013 -
Why do I find a very low calorie diet easier than moderately low calorie diet? [more inside]
posted by whoaali
on Nov 6, 2013 -
Most people have heard the mantra that wheat bread is "good" but white bread is bad.
However, virtually all commercial wheat breads contain added sugars in some form (molasses, etc.) while it is possible to obtain commercial white breads with zero added sugars (e.g. scali or Italian bread) and sugar is meant to be "bad" for us, contributing to cancer, obesity and diabetes.
From a scientific or evidence standpoint, how do the relative merits of sugarless white and whole wheat breads stack up assuming one buys the best quality option from each category?
posted by mintchip
on Oct 14, 2013 -
Mefites who have given up sugar (or some other beloved but harmful substance): does it get any easier? [more inside]
posted by whistle pig
on Sep 26, 2013 -
"Curing" bipolar II through diet (specifically, by giving up sugar, alcohol and caffeine). Is this BS? [more inside]
posted by whistle pig
on Jun 10, 2013 -
I cut out refined sugar for a week, and the results to my body have been rapid and dramatic. What could be metabolically going on here? [more inside]
posted by JoannaC
on May 28, 2013 -
What should I do in the immediate short term before my appointment to talk about blood sugar issues with my psychiatrist? [more inside]
posted by lettuchi
on Mar 12, 2013 -
My dad is around 70 years old and has subsisted on a steady diet of shortbread cookies (those ones in the yellow box from the convenience store) and vanilla Ensure drinks for the past 2-3 years. How can we help him to help himself and eat real, nourishing food? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Mar 8, 2013 -
Is there any chewing gum available in the U.S. that does not use artificial sweeteners? Except for Clark's Teaberry, that is... [more inside]
posted by tommyD
on Jan 6, 2013 -
Can anyone recommend a great brand of coffee that will aid me in drinking my coffee black rather than with cream and sugar? [more inside]
posted by incandissonance
on Dec 15, 2012 -
Our sugar and carbohydrate consumption causes our bodies to store the glucose as fat. Why does the food pyramid tell us to eat more of that food? [more inside]
posted by Leenie
on Sep 24, 2012 -
Has anyone successfully given up refined sugar (long term)? What were the benefits you noticed? [more inside]
posted by Rocket26
on Aug 13, 2012 -
Please scare the hell out of me with regard to sugar. I maintain a healthy BMI, cycle 100km+ a week and eat lots of fresh fruit and vegetables. My diet is primarily vegetarian with the occasional meal of fish. I also eat a metric crap-tonne of chocolate and other sugary foods. What specific health risks is my high sugar consumption exposing me to and how can I cut back? [more inside]
posted by embrangled
on Apr 10, 2012 -
I'm curious about trying regular fasting for general health (not weight loss nor spiritual reasons) but I'm finding a lot of woo. [more inside]
posted by Katine
on Mar 21, 2012 -
[recipe hunter for sugar free and splenda free sweets]: in search of recipes that are fun desserts but which contain no processed sugar or "artificial sweetners." [more inside]
posted by anya32
on Oct 28, 2011 -
BakeSaleFilter: I am a confident baker, but I'm a total novice at the art of exchanging baked goods for money. I have three
bake sales to participate in the next week. What are your crowd-pleasing-est single serving recipes? (I should mention that two of these sales are giving a prize to the person whose goods sell the quickest. MeFi, I really want that 20% off coupon
posted by aint broke
on Oct 19, 2011 -
If I combine two parts white granulated sugar and one part water (by volume), how much 2:1 sugar syrup will I end up with? Alternatively, if I boil down a 1:1 sugar syrup (say 16 cups water and 16 cups sugar), at what final reduced volume will I have achieved a 2:1 solution? [more inside]
posted by peachfuzz
on Oct 19, 2011 -
I Lost 60 lbs and cured metabolic syndrome (insulin resistance) quickly on a modified Atkins diet. Can I start juice fasting without raising my sugar/insulin levels and "blowing up" again. I am down to about 5% bodyfat with normal blood sugar and LOVING it. How can I juice without upsetting my sugar/insulin balance again? Is it worth it? [more inside]
posted by StUdIoGeEk
on Sep 21, 2011 -
Market Spice tea is allegedly only sweetened with orange oil and cinnamon, but to me it tastes like sugar. Is there really no sugar in Market Spice? Does this vary by company/maker/country? Is the same for Decaf and Rooibos Market Spice? My wife is low-carbing and I'm pregnant - we both need to stay away from sugar, but love this tea. We buy it at a tea shop - no ingredients listed.
posted by arcticwoman
on Sep 13, 2011 -
About 1/ week, I have a major sugar binge. It's always candy and never cake or other sweets. I usually end up eating more than a couple servings of candy in these binges. Now, I am a healthy weight, and my diet in every other way is balanced and healthy for the most part. I am wondering how bad of a health impact these sugar binges can have? Especially in the long term. I am in my mid-20's.
posted by Equiprimordial
on Aug 1, 2011 -
Please explain how these sweet-tasting teas are advertised as "no sugar added" ? Only some contain rooibos. Does that mean there is sugar present from other ingredients? If so, how much? [more inside]
posted by Viola
on Jun 22, 2011 -
Is the "sugar hangover" scientifically verified? I don't mean the kind of crash that happens when you eat too much candy, but an individual's reaction to any consumption of sugar whatsoever. [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Jun 11, 2011 -
There was a vaudeville dog act in the Broadway play "Sugar Babies" that I saw back about 1980. It was a comedian with a bassett hound. Does anyone remember who it was? Or a youtube link?
posted by JohnE
on May 23, 2011 -
Sometimes when I drink really sugary drinks quickly, especially soda or juice, I get really uncomfortable chest tightness for a few minutes. (If I sip them it's usually fine.) Why does this happen?
posted by archagon
on Apr 12, 2011 -
Are there any nutritionists that can weigh in on what exactly occurs when I eat a bunch of sugar immediately before going to bed? [more inside]
posted by GooseOnTheLoose
on Feb 13, 2011 -
Do you have any experience with the sugar/flour-free diet esp. in relation to it aiding digestion problems? [more inside]
posted by bearette
on Nov 13, 2010 -