Sugar trivia and my mom’s fudge recipe

I was sitting in my Doctor’s waiting room two weeks ago, thumbing through an old Readers Digest when the following title caught my eye:

How to Crack Your Sugar Addiction.

( click that link, and it will take you to the article I read)
      “Imagine making a nearly life-size sculpture of yourself out of sugar cubes and consuming it over the next 365 days.  That is essentially what many of us are doing.  The typical American eats

an average of 128 pounds of added sugars each year according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  And it affects our bodies on every level…”

I love chocolate milk and for almost 40 years have consumed (3) 20 oz glasses of it a day. (or more)

This past week I started paying attention to the number of grams of sugar in the things I consume.

4 grams of sugar = 1 tsp = 1 sugar cube.

1) 20 oz. cup of chocolate milk contains  30 grams of sugar

30 grams X 3 20z glasses of chocolate milk ) = 90 grams of sugar consumed in a day.

90 grams divided by 4 = 22.5 tsps (or 22.5 sugar cubes a day)

22.5 sugar cubes a day!

chocolate milk

And that is just the sugar in the chocolate milk, doesn’t even touch the sugar in all of it’s various forms in the rest of the food I have been eating.

This morning I decided to estimate the amount of  sugar I have consumed to date (from youth till now.)

Are you  ready?

6203 pounds

3 tons

3 tons of sugar.

By the grace of God I have not developed type 2 diabetes (yet), but it runs in the family.

My grandma had it.

My dad has it.

I feel like I need to write a letter of apology to my pancreas.

20 years ago, I remember one of the mothers in the church we were attending was known for being  a sugar Nazi.  At the time I  thought she was one of those over the top/ crazy/ over protective  parents.

Turns out  I was wrong and she was 20 years ahead of her time.

I’m not planning to go all Nazi on this sugar issue, but I am in the process of making some long term health choices.

My mom makes a killer home made fudge recipe that I will continue to eat, if she offers it to me 🙂

Chocolate milk is no longer on the menu.

One of the (bigger) food related issues for me has been uncontrollable food cravings and binge eating.  From what I’m reading, some of that may go away, once the sugar addiction has been broken.

Several of you that are regular readers with medical backgrounds would probably know more about this than me, but too much sugar may play into some cancer cell growth.

It’s taken way too long but I am finally interested in eating more healthy.

The first 40 years of my life, I was able to eat whatever I wanted, when ever I wanted  and not gain a pound.

Those days are gone.

It may sound like I’m talking out of both sides of my mouth, but I thought this would be a good time to post my mom’s fudge recipe:

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GRANDMA CONLEY’S CHOCOLATE FUDGE

1 CUP MILK
2 CUPS SUGAR
6 t. COCOA HEAPING
2t WHITE KARO SYRUP

1t BUTTER LATER
1t VANILLA LATER
BLACK WALNUTS AS  MUCH AS YOU WANT ( MAYBE 1/2  CUP)

YOU HAVE TO STIR ALL THE TOP 4 INGREDIENTS  TOGETHER BEFORE YOU PUT
ON ANY HEAT.
USE A HEAVY POT TO COOK ON HIGH( NEVER STIR ONCE ON HEAT) I USED A SMALL
PRESSURE  COOKER PAN.
I WOULD TAKE A GLASS OF COLD WATER AND WITH A SPOON, DIP IN AS SOON AS
YOU CAN SEE IT IS BOILING DOWN IN THE PAN, A DROP IN WATER WILL HAVE A
SMALL BALL AND I WOULD ALWAYS THINK A TAIL. SOFT BALL STAGE ON A CANDY
THERMOMETER , TAKE OFF HEAT AND ADD THE BUTTER  DO NOT STIR TILL COOLED
DOWN.
START TO BEAT AND THE COLOR WILL CHANGE TO A LIGHTER CHOCOLATE COLOR,
ADD VANILLA.
HAVE A DISH BUTTERED AND CAN ADD BLACK WALNUTS READY TO ADD JUST BEFORE
YOU PUT ON PLATE.
LET IT SET UP, THEN CUT IN TO SIZE YOU WANT.
IT’S REALLY HARD TO GET IT PERFECT, BUT WITH PRACTICE IT’S THE BEST
AND SO CREAMY !!!!   MOM

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At the end of the day, it’s all about moderation, personal choice and living with the consequences.   DM

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