Thanks to all the folks that weighed their thoughts in on my recent I-don’t-want-to-die-from-artificial-sweeteners dilemma. I was using about half a dozen packets a day of the stuff, sometimes more. Multiply that times the countless years I’ve been using it, and add that number to the preceding countless packets of Sweet n’ Low I’d consumed for decades before that. That’s a lot of artificial nonsense if you ask me.
After doing a ton of
Googling scientific research….artificial sweeteners VS. real sugar, and refined sugar VS. unrefined sugar, I decided to hit the shopping isles of my two favorite markets, Whole Foods and Sprouts, and check out some of these products for myself. And as it turns out, the sweetener choices out there on the market can be a bit overwhelming, with each label claiming to be better than the next. After contemplating over each of the different varieties, I honed in on natural, unrefined, cane sugar.
(And as the words cane sugar ran through my brain, I couldn’t help but think back to this, one of my favorite commercials as a kid):
(The part at the end with the little boy hunkering down onto that huge raw sugar cane gets me every time. And don’t even get me started on that addictively catchy jingle. Adam and I have been humming it all morning long since watching that clip. You’re welcome.)
So after all that contemplating and vintage commercial time traveling, I settled on this, Natural Demerara Unrefined Cane Sugar…
So far I’ve tested it out in my hot tea, oatmeal, even my water & apple cider vinegar drink, and they’ve each passed the taste test. And the last one’s especially crucial, cause that ACV has a serious sting in the back of the throat sensation and doesn’t always go down smooth. But I will say it is doable and has a pleasant taste. Another thing I should point out, the granules don't dissolve easily in cold beverages so I just stir often in between sips.
Onto other news, last week my friend Laurie asked me to photograph her friend Rebecca’s kitchen, which was recently remodeled. Here’s how Rebecca’s kitchen looked when they first moved in, circa 1967…
And here’s how it looks today…
There’s actually over a dozen photos that I took in total, this is just a little sampling here in this post. To see the rest of the photos of Rebecca’s gorgeous renovated kitchen, along with sources, costs and the kitchen floor plan, please visit Laurie's blog for all the deets!
Happy Memorial Day my friends : )