Please Explain the Sugar Shortage

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melphis

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Unfortunately, in some cases they are a necessary evil.
I asked my doctor if I could lower my bad cholesterol with just better dietary habits and less alcohol that would allow me to skip the statin route.
Her answer was clear and unequivocal.
No.
It was imperative to eat well and reduce booze but...
That, alone, could not bring down my bad cholesterol to acceptable levels.
So they may be... no bueno pero, son necesario..
One vitamin that dropped my bad cholesterol was niacin. The 500mg per day (called niacin flush). If you try it, take it at bed time. They call it flush as within 15 to 20 minutes you feel a flush on your face then your whole body starts to tingle in a very uncomfortable way.
That was about the only thing I changed in my diet and my bad cholesterol dropped about 25% over 2 years of using it.
 

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That is what the doctor is for.
She monitors all that stuff and adjusts the prescriptions as required.
In my case there was a fair amount of jockeying around to get a good match but she does regular follow-ups.
I am going to assume that anybody who has been prescribed statins of one sort or another has a physician who does the same.
But then again...
I am one of the lucky ones who has a G.P. who is young, conscientious and part of a great healthcare system.
That is what second opinions are for.
 

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A friend of mine brought his levels down with red yeast rice(?).

There were tons of white sugar in Playero for all the sugar junkies here.
 

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A friend of mine brought his levels down with red yeast rice(?).

There were tons of white sugar in Playero for all the sugar junkies here.
You really like that term junkie. White sugar is used in thousands of culinary applications. I doubt folks are injecting into their veins. It is also the preferred sugar used by Starbucks for all this famous lattes and macchiatos. Dominicans are not, IMO, sugar junkies as you say. Yes, of course they take a small coffee 2x/day on the sweet side and may enjoy a plate of white rice with their main meal, but this is by no means the presentations of a junkie. Now, if someone consumes a half pound of sugar/day, well that's alot. Just because the Dominicans enjoy coffee, juices etc extra sweet and eat white rice with many of their noon meals, this is by no means the behavior of a junkie. Poor Dominicans can't afford to have a junkie's habit anyway. If anything, Americans are the junkies with their fast foods, Dunkin doughnuts, Starbucks, ice cream, cheesecake, etc. Calling someone a junkie is really never appropriate, as it also may be the disease of addiction.
 

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I think calling Dominicans "sugar junkies" is going a bit far... A lot of foods have sugar in them, not just sweets.
 

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You really like that term junkie. White sugar is used in thousands of culinary applications. I doubt folks are injecting into their veins. It is also the preferred sugar used by Starbucks for all this famous lattes and macchiatos. Dominicans are not, IMO, sugar junkies as you say. Yes, of course they take a small coffee 2x/day on the sweet side and may enjoy a plate of white rice with their main meal, but this is by no means the presentations of a junkie. Now, if someone consumes a half pound of sugar/day, well that's alot. Just because the Dominicans enjoy coffee, juices etc extra sweet and eat white rice with many of their noon meals, this is by no means the behavior of a junkie. Poor Dominicans can't afford to have a junkie's habit anyway. If anything, Americans are the junkies with their fast foods, Dunkin doughnuts, Starbucks, ice cream, cheesecake, etc. Calling someone a junkie is really never appropriate, as it also may be the disease of addiction.
Have you suddenly joined the politically correct squad and the cancel culture? I'm using the term both metaphorically and hyperbolically. I thought that would be pretty obvious. Obviously not!

The word "junkie" has been used as a metaphor and hyperbole for a long time and in many different ways: donut junkie, coffee junkie, tech junkie, video game junkie, Diet Coke junkie like me. It can, and has, been used anywhere someone overindulges in something. It's just in the past people weren't so easily offended by just about everything. Lighten up!

Dominicans love their sugar, anything that contains sugar and the more the better, and plenty of carbohydrates, especially low glycemic ones that convert rapidly to sugar like bread, potatoes, platanos, guineos, pasta, as well as rice and others. They love their sugar loaded sodas as well as the sugar loaded juices. Not many grab that carton of 100% natural orange juice(no sugar added) off the shelf.

Sugar is a real addiction. Many people just don't know it(see link below).

 
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Have you suddenly joined the politically correct squad and the cancel culture? I'm using the term both metaphorically and hyperbolically. I thought that would be pretty obvious. Obviously not!

The word "junkie" has been used as a metaphor and hyperbole for a long time and in many different ways: donut junkie, coffee junkie, tech junkie, video game junkie, Diet Coke junkie like me. It can, and has, been used anywhere someone overindulges in something. It's just in the past people weren't so easily offended by just about everything. Lighten up!

Dominicans love their sugar, anything that contains sugar and the more the better, and plenty of carbohydrates, especially low glycemic ones that convert rapidly to sugar like bread, potatoes, platanos, guineos, pasta, as well as rice and others. They love their sugar loaded sodas as well as the sugar loaded juices. Not many grab that carton of 100% natural orange juice(no sugar added) off the shelf.

Sugar is a real addiction. Many people just don't know it(see link below).

No, I found it odd that you were drilling this term into the Dominican culture. You live here a long time I was under the impression. Some stuff is funny, some is insulting. My kids are of a Dominican mother, some folks may be insulted at your derogatory term junkie
 

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Dominicans love their sugar, anything that contains sugar and the more the better, and plenty of carbohydrates, especially low glycemic ones that convert rapidly to sugar like bread, potatoes, platanos, guineos, pasta, as well as rice and others. They love their sugar loaded sodas as well as the sugar loaded juices. Not many grab that carton of 100% natural orange juice(no sugar added) off the shelf.
You are again, aside from misstating science, thinking like Dominicans alone have this diet. A standard Dominican diet is not unhealthy by nature. Let me help you with the glycemic index. High glycemic index foods convert faster to glucose in the blood, not low as you misstated. Green boiled bananas are low on the glycemic index, for your concern. No one is drinking 7 juices a day. How is drinking pop or juice any different than in the US? You are trying to walk back your derogatory comments. And if you want to talk science and blood chemistry with me, you are at a major disadvantage. Rice at lunch isn't so bad - at dinner yes. But again you must not realize the activity index of dominicans is higher so their systems can tolerate higher sugar intake than "Americans"
 

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No, I found it odd that you were drilling this term into the Dominican culture. You live here a long time I was under the impression. Some stuff is funny, some is insulting. My kids are of a Dominican mother, some folks may be insulted at your derogatory term junkie
I'm not drilling it into Dominican culture. It has, apparently, been drilled into your head though. Are your kids reading this? Then explain to them it's not meant literally. Educate them as to what metaphors and hyperbole are.
 

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I'm not drilling it into Dominican culture. It has, apparently, been drilled into your head though. Are your kids reading this? Then explain to them it's not meant literally. Educate them as to what metaphors and hyperbole are.
You mentioned dominicans are sugar junkies in several posts now. Now you're trying to tell me to educate my kids lol. I live in Cab, please to discuss this with you any day. Enjoy your evening papi.
 

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You are again, aside from misstating science, thinking like Dominicans alone have this diet. A standard Dominican diet is not unhealthy by nature. Let me help you with the glycemic index. High glycemic index foods convert faster to glucose in the blood, not low as you misstated. Green boiled bananas are low on the glycemic index, for your concern. No one is drinking 7 juices a day. How is drinking pop or juice any different than in the US? You are trying to walk back your derogatory comments. And if you want to talk science and blood chemistry with me, you are at a major disadvantage. Rice at lunch isn't so bad - at dinner yes. But again you must not realize the activity index of dominicans is higher so their systems can tolerate higher sugar intake than "Americans"
Not misstating it at all and I never said that Dominicans alone are sugar junkies, and definitely not all are by any means. There are many other countries that have more sugar junkies per capita than the DR.

Apparently, you don't know as much about blood chemistry as you think. I said high glycemic foods convert to sugar. Glucose is a sugar.
I said platanos were a high glycemic index food. See link below.

Show me the statistics that Dominicans are "high activity". This is definitely contrary to many comments made here(not by you) that Dominicans are lazy and that's why they won't work the construction jobs. Do you consider driving a moto high activity? A taxi?

 

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Not misstating it at all and I never said that Dominicans alone are sugar junkies, and definitely not all are by any means. There are many other countries that have more sugar junkies per capita than the DR.

Apparently, you don't know as much about blood chemistry as you think. I said high glycemic foods convert to sugar. Glucose is a sugar.
I said platanos were a high glycemic index food. See link below.

Show me the statistics that Dominicans are "high activity". This is definitely contrary to many comments made here(not by you) that Dominicans are lazy and that's why they won't work the construction jobs. Do you consider driving a moto high activity? A taxi?

Are these your words?

"Dominicans love their sugar, anything that contains sugar and the more the better, and plenty of carbohydrates, especially "low glycemic" ones that convert rapidly to sugar like bread, potatoes,"

You're a bigot in disguise. Blocked.
 

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You mentioned dominicans are sugar junkies in several posts now. Now you're trying to tell me to educate my kids lol. I live in Cab, please to discuss this with you any day. Enjoy your evening papi.
Once again you misread my post. I said "if they read my posts" and were insulted. I don't see anything left to discuss(?).
 

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Are these your words?

"Dominicans love their sugar, anything that contains sugar and the more the better, and plenty of carbohydrates, especially "low glycemic" ones that convert rapidly to sugar like bread, potatoes,"

You're a bigot in disguise. Blocked.
It sounds like you're off your meds tonight(?). Get a grip, Hijo!
 
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I think calling Dominicans "sugar junkies" is going a bit far... A lot of foods have sugar in them, not just sweets.
I'd suggest folks in the USA have the need for sweets even more than folks here in the DR.
 
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