Brainy Gourmet

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Sugar is Still the Culprit...

Sugar in the American diet is still the main culprit. There are well intended cooks, chefs, foodies out there that continually laud over food as good for you yet it contains unnecessary added sugar.

Just recently, for instance, a friend shared a recipe for grilled chicken with sun dried tomatoes and mozzarella cheese topped with balsamic vinegar and one half cup of sugar. It was a well intended share and for the most part a great combination of food items. My only comment was that this dish would be just as delicious without the sugar.

The response was, "but the vinegar would be overpowering." And, my response was that there are excellent balsamic vinegars out there that have a sweet nutty flavor and sun dried tomatoes have plenty of natural sugar content... so why add more sugar?  For that reason, I am not a fan of following the recipe.

Very often, you can meet recipes that call for added sugar and salt when it is not necessary. People often give up on cooking and eating really delicious foods when they see the recipe.

The best cooks know the foods they use and the amount of natural sugar in them as well as savory flavors in foods. Begin by cooking with the basics and expand with natural flavors and be amazed in knowing how much sugar you really don't need.

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