Since arriving in the States a few months ago I've noticed that the food here is far, far sweeter than normal. Scientists and marketers would probably just say it's because American's have a sweeter tooth. But in my mind I think that's a load of BS. You're getting artificially sweetened foods stuffed down every aisle of the supermarket whether you like it or not.
That makes me sad when I read articles stating over a third of the US population, yup, that's more than 100 million people, has some form of diabetes.
Maybe I'm just a naive Aussie learning the ways of 'Murrica. But it's mind boggling to me how there are just so many foods that you'd never expect to have sugar in them.
Yeah, sure we have sweet food in Australia, but I've just never seen such a large quantity... I mean, it is in everything!
What I don't understand is combining much sugar with a meal like dinner. Frozen meals, spaghetti sauces, spices and condiments are all packed with the stuff. Bacon is glazed with honey or maple. Beef, turkey, pork ... In many dishes, they all follow suit.
Sure, it may be delicious, but it's so over the top that I just know it's not good for me. I wonder though, as an American growing up with these foods everyday, do you grow a tolerance to it? Does it become normal, or can you still taste the excess sugar? Is it un-American to not add sugar?
Sorry to rant, but I honestly feel bad for all the Americans out there trying to eat healthy. It is really, really hard to stay away from sugary foods, especially when you don't suspect them.