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The Depths to which the Sugar Pushers Sink - Tesco

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LauraBridges Fri 07-Feb-14 11:02:43

We are exhorted to avoid sugar (I don't have any ever other than a bit of fruit). Yet day in day out it is peddled and pushed on to us and our children at home, in schools, by others.

This morning Tesco delivered our weekly shopping. There was an item I had not ordered. It is in front of me now. I asked the delivery man about it. It is a free gift. Guess what it is? Sugar.. or rather an organic rice cake think covered in Belgian chocolate. At Christmas Tesco gave us a large box of sugary biscuits in a tin.

Why don't they give customers carrots or cucumbers? Why just junk food that ruins your health?

I told the driver I did not eat any sugar but perhaps my family might eat it. He took a while to believe me, said he could never manage that and then disclosed that he is diabetic (he didn't look over weight particularly but is of Indian origin and middle aged).

GlitzAndGiggles Sun 09-Feb-14 11:26:37

A lot of free gifts are trials of products being brought out. Sorry but I laughed at your op it sounds a bit bonkers

Madamecastafiore Sun 09-Feb-14 11:29:00

Fucking hell, anyone would think Tescos had started giving free rocks of crack with every home delivery!

Madamecastafiore Sun 09-Feb-14 11:37:20

Believe me the road to happiness is paved with Galaxy chocolate in my world.


Honeysweet Sun 09-Feb-14 11:48:29

Right. I am going to get serious here.
I had a look at orthorexia nervosa, what Cogito mentioned upthread.
And by what you have said and not said since, you may have it. And your mum. You probably know this already.
If you are unable to get help or stop yourself, can I ask that you try your hardest to help stop the children having it?
Remember the car. There is more control with the car if you can make it work at all speeds, which includes the moderate speed, then merely stop and fast.

hickorychicken Sun 09-Feb-14 11:56:54

Amazing thread grin
If you are so outraged OP over this, your life must be exhausting. To avoid sugar pushers altogether maybe its time to go completely self sufficient?

This thread has cheered me right up.

TheDoctrineOfSnatch Sun 09-Feb-14 12:38:47

Laura, one of your DC ate it?


Have you disinherited them yet?

TamerB Sun 09-Feb-14 17:35:25

It is good that at least the DC is more relaxed about it!
I went out for a birthday lunch today. It was a sociable meal. I had a pudding, it is very rare for me to have a pudding so it really doesn't matter. I shall eat less tonight and tomorrow and I shall go for one of my longer runs tomorrow.
Sometimes you have to put other people in front of an inflexible attitude. I belong to a book group, the organiser brings along cakes. I don't have any, I have established that I don't and it really doesn't matter because at least 7 people have some.
I go to my mother's friend, expecting a cup of tea and find that a 90yr old has gone to a lot of trouble and has a tea trolley loaded with scones and cake. I have some and compensate later. No one else is going to eat it, I can't possibly refuse.
If it is someone's birthday there is usually someone who says 'just a small piece' and so I can say 'I will have half a piece with you'. It is very rude to refuse outright, especially with a holier than thou attitude!
No diet should be so rigid that you have to be uncaring and rude ( unless you have allergies, or are a vegan and then you should make it plain in advance if possible and if they have made gluten free, dairy free etc you need to accept).
Treating sugar like a poison is wrong- it is fine in moderation.

hickorychicken Sun 09-Feb-14 20:14:42

Tbf, nothing wrong with avoiding sugar, just dont be a twat about it.

RufusTheReindeer Sun 09-Feb-14 22:32:36

I may move from sainsburys to tescos

Or I might send them a very heated email asking why I don't get any freebies

GW297 Sun 09-Feb-14 22:47:41

Didn't the guy in that Horizon programme who gave up sugar run the risk of developing diabetes?

CogitoErgoSometimes Mon 10-Feb-14 08:37:20

Type II Diabetes is not caused by sugar intake in isolation. Excess body weight, low activity levels & genetic predisposition are all contributory factors. Dietary choices that put a big strain on the pancreas to produce excessive amounts of insulin are also a factor. This would certainly include a heavy intake of sugary foods but also eating very large meals, irregular eating habits (skipping meals and bingeing), excessive total calorie intake (all types of food), excessive alcohol consumption or consuming large amounts of heavily processed foods.

If you're unlucky enough to be diagnosed with Type II Diabetes it can often be managed by paying attention to all of the above. You will not be cured by saying no thanks to a solitary chocolate covered rice-cake

SecretJewel Wed 12-Feb-14 12:27:03

Hang fire.

I have nearly all my shopping delivered from Tesco.

How come I have NEVER had a free gift?!?? Sugar related or otherwise?

Not happy now.

Gladvent Wed 12-Feb-14 15:01:06

I have had 2 Waitrose deliveries lately and no champagne. What am I doing wrong?!

fuzzpig Tue 18-Feb-14 23:36:14

The manipulative bastards gave us a free sachet of porridge this week. PORRIDGE! <falls over in horror>

thinking101 Wed 19-Feb-14 14:49:38

Well I'm really affronted by all of this, never had anything free ever ever ever.

I mean if they looked at our regula shop it's plain to see we living off magic chickens and lentils with a few cabbage leaves.

<clasp hands to pray to tesco god> I want something free! the sugary the better.

Zucker Wed 19-Feb-14 23:59:15

I'm literally sobbing at the fact that bloody Tesco have never given me a free gift either. I'm consoling myself with some M&S Percy Piggins. Take that TESCO!

thinking101 Thu 20-Feb-14 16:13:18

<pinches Percy pigs> v's tomb tescos too, and I bought the delivery saver!

WellHelloThere Thu 20-Feb-14 16:26:55

LauraBridges are you for real? You sound really highly strung at best and slightly derogatory towards the chap at worst, perhaps just be grateful you got a freebie , you sound very defensive about your diet and frankly pretty up yourself - have a cake and chill out with a glass of vino grin

thinking101 Thu 20-Feb-14 16:39:54

Like I said up thread, the best thing she could have as a freebie is some rude vegetables. grin

She might relax a bit.

slug Thu 20-Feb-14 16:55:25

OP, are you my sister?

She believes every crackpot, science free theory about food out there. The day she lectured me on the difficulty of finding non-GM modified filo pastry was the day I decided never to indulge her eating disorder by proxy.

nkf Sat 22-Feb-14 19:49:30

People only overeat on certain kinds of foods. The ones that are full of fat and sugar and food manufacturers are keen to make them because people will buy loads of them. Sugar is a cheap ingredient that makes food delicious. And yes, there is sugar in fruit and vegetables, but the fibre content makes it work differently in your body. It's not the same as chocolate or Pepsi. I think the OP's tone was plain silly and the drug references aren't helping anyone. But it is worth pointing out that special food offers from supermarkets are always on sugary, fatty food, not on veg.

maggiemight Wed 26-Feb-14 19:47:43

I must be on some parallel universe - I hear constant information about the danger of eating too much sugar, articles in newpapers, articles on radio 4 just do a quick search on Google,

Just because you don't want to be guilted about eating junk which is bad for you don't blame the messenger. The OP has a good point.

CaterpillarCara Sat 01-Mar-14 21:43:39

I over-ate satstumas. The palms of my hands and the soles of my feet turned orange. OP is safe from that though, as they have sugar.

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