A sudden high caloric jolt occurred after eating those wonderfully delicious treats only moments ago bought at that little hole-in-the-wall custom craft chocolate shop in the food court of the Place Desjardins Complexe in downtown Montreal.
Heavy accumulation of lurking sugar mixed in the chocolate became evident almost immediately providing that sugar rush while I continued to enjoy my hand-made pieces of Belgian chocolate.
The culprit processed, white sugar something both medical experts and the American Heart Association recommend consumers should be careful with recommending only 36 grams about 9 teaspoons for men, 20 grams or 5 teaspoons for women and only 12 grams or 3 teaspoons for the young per day to stay healthy.
Although chocolate, the dark version, contains beneficial quantities of biologically active organic compounds that function as antioxidants including certain polyphenols, flavonoids, catechins they along with some healthy fats, fibre, and protein help migitate the breakdown of sugar into glucose circulating in the bloodstream keeping things steady, the same can’t be said of milk chocolate, which is heavily diluted with a multitude of other ingredients especially processed sugar.
Our “blood sugar”, the amount of glucose circulating around if higher will ensure you that familiar sensation of a sugar rush, a momentary spike that only ends with a crash or loss of energy.
Eating extra, hidden, processed white sugar speeds the process overwhelming the system leading eventually to all sorts of medical issues over time for many.
Recently, the influential daily, New York Times, said in one of their articles that over 75% of American packaged, processed, foods contain added sugar, and we already know that most of our candy including chocolates loaded with the sweet stuff.
My picture depicts a stack of delicious, mouth-watering, yummy looking milk chocolate loaded with nuts, candy, and/or puffed rice; I am just guessing here because I never found out by asking.
This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”JOLT”.