With my Husband's encouragement, I weaned myself from a very addictive habit of drinking 'soft' drinks. More specifically, uber-sugary sodas. I probably enriched the coffers of the "Cola" empires more than any trader on Wall Street ever did. I know I certainly contributed more than my fair share to the canned aluminum industry. And addicted I was. I couldn't see beyond having my 'fix' of Coke or RcCola every time I got thirsty. Which begs the question: Why hasn't anyone questioned why an innocent looking drink would be addictive in the first place?
With diabetes a health risk in my family, I feel relieved that I was able to alter a harmful behavioral pattern. So, for about the past five years,now all I drink with my meals is unsweetened water with lime juice or unsweetened tea.
Having said that, is it just me, or has anyone noticed that chocolate candies are more and more becoming less chocolate and more sugar? I used to buy chocolate candy like anyone else when I wanted a sweet treat. But now, I think manufacturers are doing a number on candy consumers. I'm fairly sure sugar is cheaper than real cocoa, so my theory is they are plumping up their profits by giving us less of the real thing and more of the 'filler' thing. Oh! And I do wonder if sugar somehow also has addictive properties.
I suppose companies think consumers are naive and uninformed. I for one saw the documentary where they showed how manufacturers put less of a product in a container made to look the same as what the original packaging looked like, but somehow altered to contain less. It's all about the bottom line, they say. That doesn't make it right. So when did we as consumers lose our rights? I don't proclaim to have the answers, but I will say this, I'm seeing what they're doing....and I'm not buying it anymore!
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. ~Philippians 4:8~