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Wake Up Your Real Taste Buds for Luscious Goodies From Mother Nature -- Forget Overly Sweet Cereals, Candies, Etc.

Posted Dec 18 2008 7:35pm

Americans, wake up to your real taste buds! Don't get lured or lulled into clamoring for sickeningly sweet, sugar-packed cereals, candies, yogurts, vitamin-spiked waters, protein bars and other foods.

All you need are naturally sweet fabulous treats from Mother Nature -- foods like organic, luscious strawberries, blueberries, apples, cherries, peaches, cherry tomatoes, red peppers, jicama, red snap peas, sweet potatoes, etc.

Besides, these delicious, natural, fiber-filled goodies -- which you can pick or pluck from trees or out of the ground -- are much more healthy for you and full of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, etc. as I point out in my book SUGAR SHOCK!

The reason I have American tastebuds on my mind is because yesterday I spent much of the day Friday with a crew from CBS News ( as I mentioned yesterday ) and I was pointing to the unnaturally high sugar content in many packaged foods available today -- something that's not only completely unnecessary, but also quite harmful to millions. (Stay tuned, because CBS News Sunday Morning is airing an 8-to-9-minute story about sugar next Sunday, June 17. I'll give you details shortly.)

Back to American tastebuds. So this morning, after resting up from my long day and week getting ready for my interview with CBS, I received a humorous reminder of the horribly sweet cereals now heavily promoted when a Google Alert notified me that Calvin of Calvin and Hobbes fame is gung-ho about a fictional cereal, Chocolate Frosted Sugar Bombs.

Indeed, thanks to Topher's Castle, a creative, fun site for "Topher's Breakfast Cereal Character Guide," you can learn that:

"Calvin of Calvin and Hobbes fame has been known to eat Chocolate Frosted Sugar Bombs which Calvin says are `tasty, lip-smacking, crunchy-on-the-outside, chewy-on-the-inside, and they don't have a single natural ingredient or essential vitamin to get in the way of that rich, fudgy taste.' Hobbes says the cereal makes his heart skip and likens this cereal to `eating a bowl of milk duds.'"

As entertaining as that Topher's Castle entry about a fictional cereal may be -- especially the part about not having "a single or natural ingredient or essential vitamin to get in the way of that rich, fudgy taste" -- the fact remains: Our nation's poor kids are being brainwashed to develop taste buds completely out of whack.

Food corporations are training our poor children -- via tempting TV food commercials, in-store tastings, etc. -- that they need to begin their days with a blast of refined sugar!

But young people -- and adults, too, of course -- just don't need to eat all those sugary foods and refined carbs.  People NEED to know consuming all those culprit carbs could wreak havoc galore on your poor body -- it could lead to difficulty concentrating (and hence bad grades), brain fog, anxiety, depression, restlessness, mood swings, irritability and even very severe consequences like obestiy, cancer, type 2 diabetes.

By the way, Topher's Castle also spotlights other fictional, sugar-packed cereals such as:

  • TurboMan Cereal, which comes with "with pink marshmallow boosters"
  • Chocolate Frosted Frosty Krusty Flakes ("only sugar has more sugar"), which is a favorite of Krusty the clown
  • "Super Sugar Slaps," which the Slappy the Bear (from the comic strip "Jump Start" likes)

Remember: Fiction often points to a larger truth, and that's why I laud Topher's Castle for pointing out to Americans that cereals now in supermarkets today are much sweeter than they should be.

FYI, you can purchase some non-sugary cereals that are quite tasty, too. See my Sugar-Free Shopping List for details.

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