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Eminently Satisfactory Fly-Catcher

Posted on 10/24/2008

Leaves are late in turning, but will soon do what they do, which means Fall is whistling to beckon winter.  Kelly is playing more poker than golf.  He has been re-reading my book (The Seattle Sutton Solution) and chuckled his support for the section titled “The Truth About Sugar.”

In that section, I expressed my support for a tasty and pleasing food with an unfairly sullied reputation—an eminently satisfactory fly-catcher whose nutritional reputation has finally been restored by science.

Sugar is a form of carbohydrate, and carbohydrates are an excellent source of energy.  One teaspoon of sugar has 40% fewer calories than an equal serving of fat.

Numerous scientific studies have confirmed that consumption of sugar does not cause chronic diseases such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease, hyperactivity.  There is no reason to avoid table sugar in favor of other sweeteners, especially those mysterious artificial concoctions.

It was assumed in the past that people with diabetes should avoid sugar because once eaten it quickly changes into glucose and therefore would raise blood glucose levels significantly more than other foods.  Not true.  For example, the glycemic index (which measures how much a specific food is likely to increase your blood sugar) is actually higher for split pea soup than for table sugar. 

On the flip side, sugar foods are often empty calories.  As I wrote in my book, use your thinking rights.  Sugar is just fine in moderation but it should not replace other carbohydrates that supply vitamins and minerals.
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A few words about Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating fruit.  Is it fresh?  Absolutely.  We purposely send of our fresh fruit to our customers a bit under ripe, so it travels well.  Simply set it out in the kitchen for a couple of days to allow natural ripening.  If you wish to ripen it more quickly, microwave a few seconds for softening. 
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From a reader: “I have been eating your meals for four and a half weeks now and really like them.  Have lost 4 lbs.  I have one suggestion.  The pasta dishes are very good, but need a little more sauce on them.   This would make the stuffed shells, pizza, lasagna, spaghetti, manicotti, and linguine even more delicious.  I hope my suggestions helps.”

Well, I would like more sauce too.   But our meals go through detailed computer analysis, so they serve a nutritional purpose.  Any and all changes to recipe must fit our carefully considered strict nutritional guidelines.  More sauce would mean more calories.  It would be a mistake to add your own sauce, I believe, because sauces for public consumption usually have high fructose corn syrup, extra sodium, and some other undesirable ingredients.  Anyway, thanks for your input.  I really appreciate it and Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating does take customer suggestions into consideration.   Congratulations on your weight loss and keep up the good work.
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From another reader:  “There are so many medications that don’t allow grapefruit so why do you include it in your menus?  I love grapefruit by the way, but my doctor has said no.”

We no longer serve grapefruit.  It used to be included with the citrus sections and strawberry bread, but now we only use oranges.

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Seattle Sutton, BSN, RN

She made healthy eating her mission in life long before anyone else did, in hopes of helping her own obese father. A registered nurse by training and entrepreneur at heart, she lives, eats and breathes everything about healthy eating and helping to improve people’s eating habits and overall health. She enjoys never having to bother with grocery shopping, cooking and counting calories. Her favorite SSHE meal, although it’s hard to pick just one, is the Potato Gnocchi with Basil Pesto Sauce.

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