Do you know how much sugar is in a grape? An apricot? A potato? Any of the fancy fruits now touted as the next great health thing?
When you take out the water, what’s left is almost all sugar. Plant cell walls are made of cellulose which is made of glucose. It’s sugar. Plants store energy as starch which is long chains of… glucose. Sugar. All of it.
There is more. There are other types of sugar besides the glucose, fructose, sucrose and lactose you might have heard of. There are really only three sugars in that list. Sucrose is glucose and fructose combined. Lactose is glucose and galactose combined. Never heard of galactose? Every time you put milk on your muesli you’re eating it anyway.
The muesli itself is mostly grain starch and cellulose which, as I’ve already pointed out, is made of sugar.
There are other sugars out there. Arabinose, xylose, mannose, a host of others you’ve never heard of, many of which you can safely eat because you can’t digest them anyway so they won’t make you fat.
Meat contains sugar, stored as glycogen in muscle fibre. That’s glucose too.
Take any meal from any source, treat with enzymes to hydrolyse the polymerised sugar and then do a simple reducing-sugar test such as Fehling’s and you will find that every single meal, no matter the components, is mostly sugar.
That makes the latest campaign backed by the drooling idiot Jimbo Oliver a load of utter bollocks and an embarrassment to the entire scientific world. They tested selected targets and made no attempt at any form of control by testing ‘health’ foods. I suspect they knew the information I just gave you all in advance and knew exactly what they would find.
Life runs on sugar. Living things store sugar. If your meal contains flour then it contains starch which is sugar. If it has meat or vegetables in it, it contains sugar. If it is made of algae or insects or bacteria it contains sugar.
Incidentally, the hard shell of insects is made of something called chitin and guess what? It’s made of sugar too. As is chitosan, the outer coating of many moulds and fungi. Including Quorn. N-acetyl glucosamine. Look it up. Glucose with added bits, that’s all it is.
Finding that any ready meal is 60% sugar is no surprise at all. It is not 60% glucose or sucrose because that would be inedible. Most of that sugar is in starch, which isn’t sweet, and in cellulose which isn’t even digestible by humans. All the sugar in cellulose drops out of your other end. It’s called ‘fibre’ and it’s made of sugar. It counts when you measure sugar content and calories but it goes straight through undigested.
Furthermore, the starch in ready meals has been cooked and then cooled and chilled. Some of it is now ‘retrograde’ starch which you can’t digest. It goes right through.
This report is not science. It is a politically motivated tax grab. One that has been proven to not work at all in other countries and here it is again based on so-called ‘research’ that should make everyone who calls themselves a scientist absolutely furious at the humiliation and mockery it brings upon the entire profession.
If the government can ever be motivated into doing something useful, it should investigate the funding of these pressure groups masquerading as researchers, name them all and make them justify their ridiculous assertions at a meeting of genuine scientists.
There should be ministers present to witness the evisceration of these comical conclusions and the raucous laughter of real science at these playtime amateur charlatans.
That won’t happen. The government will tax sugar. The government will nod seriously in mock understanding at the lies and fabrications they are told by suited control-freak idiots.
Because we are governed by anencephalics.
(Every politician, without exception, will have to look that up, and they won’t understand what they find)