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Robert pyle

Does diabetes reduce child bearing? There is an impending bottleneck as food becomes more scarce. A voluntary exit.


Ragu spaghetti sauce? huh?

Dave Cohen

Re: Ragu spaghetti sauce?

One serving is 1/2 cup, which contains 380 mg of salt. But let's talk about the sugar.

"The label lists 11 g of carbohydrates in a serving of Ragu Old World Style Traditional pasta sauce. This amount consists of 3 g of fiber and 7 g of sugar. Recommendations are to eat 14 g of fiber for every 1,000 calories consumed. Increase fiber by serving the sauce over whole-wheat pasta.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture recommends no more than 10 tsp. of sugar in a 2,000-calorie-per-day diet. Because 1 tsp. of sugar is equivalent to approximately 4.2 g, a serving of sauce contains approximately 1 2/3 tsp. of sugar."

Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/330908-ragu-pasta-sauce-nutrition/#ixzz1weZjDhC2

I wonder why I even bother writing this blog. I really do. It's comments like that one which make me wonder. You read a story about a study which finds that 23% of American teens are diabetic or pre-diabetic, and that's all you have to say.

What is the secret of success in selling people shit and calling it food? Sugar and salt, not to mention all the chemicals they use to make it "taste good".
-- Dave


I was born in 1991 so I guess I just missed out on the murder-food that my little brother, nephews, and cousins are growing up on. Murder-food that is what it is -- plain and simple MURDER-FOOD. God damn this country.

Bill Hicks

I went to a street festival over Memorial Day weekend and at the food tents there were deep fried Twinkies, Oreos and candy bars and people were lining up for them. And this was not in some yokel rural hamlet but in the upper middle class suburbs.

That stuff is not murder food but suicide food. After all, it isn't the gun maker's fault if you pick it up, put the barrel in your mouth and pull the trigger.

T E Cho

Could not agree more, Dave.

In the stores, shelves and shelves of junk food. And it's gotten worse. I read every label before buying, and it's difficult to find stuff that doesn't have added sugar, hydrogenated soybean oil, artificial colors and corn syrup. Literally 95% of the stuff in there is BAD for you. It's incredible no one is outraged, and mores that people buy this junk and eat it! And don't get me started on the soft drinks. When I was growing up, a soda was a once a week treat at best. And the soda had real sugar, not HFCS. Now soda consumption is just assumed, more people order soda than water. And on and on... And the pseudo-food makes you feel so lousy after you eat it.

I don't know how others eat the stuff and still seem somewhat healthy. But I'm mid 50s and don't need any pills either.

I don't miss sodas, don't miss French fries, potato chips, bleached-enriched pseudo-flower, iceberg lettuce, burgers, hot dogs, boloney, tater tots, doughnuts, etc.

It's just unbelievable...


@ Bill Hicks

Oh sure it's suicide food. I mean it's a choice that every school meal is loaded with trans-fats, processed meat, and sugar. It's a kids choice that every commercial on TV features some soda, cereal, or snack loaded with garbage. And it's a kids choice that his mom cooks him a plate of pasta using Ragu.

Don't give me the personal responsibility bullshit. Murder-food.

T E Cho

And one more thing, yes - spaghetti sauce DOES NOT NEED added sugar. Prego, Ragu, others have it and I avoid them, ESP. When there are better ones out there without it. And if you go around the world, other countries foods aren't as sweet. The desserts in Korea or Japan taste much less sweet. and desserts are still new to their culture.

I read once where a woman from New Zealand tasted a pop tart and said 'this explains a lot about Americans' - it was far too sweet for her.

Mike Roberts

As far as I can tell, sugar is toxic. The latest piece of research adds further support to that. Personally, I've cut out almost all refined foods, since they all (at least they seem to in New Zealand) contain sugar, often in many different ingredients that try to hide just how much sugar is in there.

I'd also recently discovered that the notion that saturated fats leads to heart problems is based on one piece of misreported research and, in fact, the opposite is the case, based on much more evidence. So I've cut out most vegetable oils, too, and now eat a lot of saturated fat, including butter. I'm only about 6 months into this (after 58 years of crap food) so we'll see, but I've already noticed beneficial changes.

Diabetes and a whole host of conditions that now seem to be common, are relatively recent as being widespread, since we started de-naturing foods and processing the hell out of them.

Anywhere But Here Is Better

In the 1980s and 1990s when my kids came along, I was the boring guy looking at food labels, searching for organic/non-additive/non-fake sugar/low saturated fat foods and drinks, and suggesting to other parents that they should be careful what they fed their children and what they allowed their doctors to pump into their new-borns. The looks I got would have offended me if I hadn't been confident of my prediction - that the food and pharmaceutical industries (hard to see the dividing line between them) would soon reverse the extension of longevity we had been seeing, in their disgusting brainless pursuit of ever higher profits at any cost to our health.

This type 2 diabetes is linked to diet, and the latest generation of kids have been deluged with nothing short of monster food - as far from nature as is possible without causing instant death traceable back to the food producers.

I know you guys in the US have also been infiltrated by genetically modified foods, which we in Europe have so far resisted - despite the strongarm tactics used against European consumers by Monsanto and other scurrilous operators mostly emanating from your side of the acidic ocean. They are gradually winning their argument at governmental level, no doubt aided by underhand deals and limitless lucre in off-white envelopes.

Is anyone talking about genetically modified food in conjunction with this teenage ill-health? Especially when combined with loaded sugar and salt and countless artificial additives (who knows how toxic they are in combination)? It's a reasonable hypothesis that this epidemic will only worsen, first in the US and quickly followed in all countries being besieged by the phalanx of MacCocaCompanies we have all heard of.

Robert Pyle is on the mark with his comments about the bottleneck. This crazy society of man seems to be acting out Nature's plan - to be rid of us failed species by our own hand.


In addition to the 23% of children, 66% of the adults are obese or overweight. In aggregate, we have all gained some 25lbs in the last 30 years.

See Dr. Robert Lustig's video is on you-tube and will shed more light on the root causes of this epidemic.

Unfortunately, the moneyed classes have no interest in making the food supply healthy. With these numbers, it will be difficult to impossible to hire healthy young workers.

Just another example of why we are totally fucked.


Not only is sugar a real baddie, artificial sweeteners are villains as well. Artificial sweeteners trigger an insulin release that contributes to the diabetes problem.
Google 'cephalic insulin response'

Personally, I agree with Mike Roberts post re saturated fats, and, by extension, meats. It is too bad that meat has gotten demonized along with saturated fats (and salt, for that matter).

I've seen more and more physicians, as well as educated laymen, coming to the realization that the dietary paradigm (low fat, high fiber) that the US population has been trying to follow is damn near ass-backwards and, surprise! surprise!, there is lots of support from the processed food industry in keeping a lucrative thing going for them and the politicians they have purchased.


At a time when we all need to be the fittest we can possibly be, we are possibly the least fit (as a herd) that we possibly can be.
Oh, the irony.

Elizabeth Harmon

I am not denying that food-like substances are dangerous to health, and that diabetes is increasing. Are people aware of the degree to which the medical/pharmaceutical consensus is changing the definition of diseases so that the increase in incidence is only partly real and is partly, perhaps majorly, a result of deciding that a blood glucose level that used to be normal is now defined as an indicator of disease? Which puts a lot more people in the market for drugs.

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