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Newquay Fri 31-May-19 05:10:24

On holiday with DD and family. Separate self catering accommodation. All get on very well together. While preparing a meal at theirs couldn’t help but notice huge amounts of sugary fizzy drinks and chocs and sweets. We’re all tall and slim so weight not a problem but I know I have a sweet tooth and it requires a huge effort to control it. I just don’t buy a lot of sweet stuff. When DGC come to ours they know drinks are water/milk/tea. Ribena/orange juice sometimes. Just cos we’re slim doesn’t mean we don’t have to watch sugar levels does it? Dare I/how could I say anything?

SueDonim Fri 31-May-19 05:28:17

I wouldn't say anything. Your Dd is an adult and I'm sure she will be aware of the issues around sugar but it's her decision as to what she feeds her family. It may simply be that she regards those things as a holiday treat.

Your best bet is to silently be a good role model by not consuming such foods.

Newquay Fri 31-May-19 05:48:18

Thanks Sue-I know but it’s so hard isn’t it seeing something going on like that? You’re awake early like me!

BradfordLass72 Fri 31-May-19 06:32:34

Way back in the 70's when I first became interested in nutrition and how different foods affect the body, I bought a book called 'Pure, White and Deadly' by Dr John Yudkin. It's still in print and a quick Google indicates you can pick up a copy for as little as three pounds.

You can be as slim as you like but if you load your body with refined sugar, you will not be living a healthy life and in your later years you will wish you had known this info long before.

It is nothing to do with weight.
I know the fashionable stand is to assume it is but believe me, I know differently.
The sugar industry increasingly promotes white sugar products to the detriment of children's health because they know if you get a baby hooked, it will probably be addicted for life - and sugar is addictive.

Using the specious BMI, you can be judged many kilos overweight, as are many 300lb+ NFL players, weight lifters and even the All Blacks but if you keep active, have a good diet which cuts out most processed foods, including sugar, you will be as healthy as you can make yourself.,_White_and_Deadly

I don't think you should tell your family outright what damage they are doing but if you buy the book and read it, you could then leave it about or give it as a Christmas gift - along with some good quality honey whilst they are trying to get off the processed stuff grin

leyla Fri 31-May-19 06:59:21

I wouldn’t say anything directly. The only thing you could do is laugh ruefully when offered some and say that as you get older sugary habits are less forgiving.

janeainsworth Fri 31-May-19 07:06:40

BradfordLass I agree. I read John Yudkin’s book in the 70’s too.
The tragedy was that not only did it reach relatively few people, but the sugar & food industry between them managed to ruin his reputation.
Robert Lustig revived his ideas in 2009 but even now some find them hard to accept.

cornergran Fri 31-May-19 07:08:50

I also wonder if the drinks and treats are a holiday only thing? What do they have at home? In any case I wouldn’t say anything, just set it aside and enjoy your holiday.

Riverwalk Fri 31-May-19 07:09:43

I wouldn't give the book as a gift or leave it lying around, dropping unwanted hints - it's asking for trouble.

The GC sound fine so leave well alone.

No wonder people fall out with their adult children!

annep1 Fri 31-May-19 07:23:59

I'm afraid I would have to say something. Sugar has no nutritional value and is very bad for you. I limit mine- not easy.
Could be something simple like whilst reading a paper/ magazine saying "Oh there's an interesting article here on sugar" which would be a perfectly normal thing to say surely.

BradfordLass72 Fri 31-May-19 09:39:38

The GC sound fine so leave well alone.

They might be fine now but many people, including some physicians at the Bristol Cancer Clinic, have said our huge rise in cancers over the past 3 decades, can, in some cases, be attributed to our high sugar intake.

Wouldn't any concerned relative want to avoid that?

janeainsworth Yes, it's sad what was done to Yudkin but his book has been updated regularly since and as he was well before his time, people are now beginning to understand he was right all along. "Sugar is dangerous"

shysal Fri 31-May-19 09:44:12

Don't a lot of people eat less healthily when on holiday? The extra sugar won't do any harm if only used as an occasional treat. I certainly wouldn't say anything, the parents cannot be unaware of the dangers.

GranEd Fri 31-May-19 09:46:39

I agree with SueDonim and Riverwalk - say nowt! Why ask for trouble?
If you daughter is anything like mine she’ll see through your hints instantly. (Apparently I’m as subtle as a sledgehammer!! 😂 )

GranEd Fri 31-May-19 09:50:01

Oops - ‘you’ should read ‘your’ !

lovebeigecardigans1955 Fri 31-May-19 09:50:17

You're on holiday and this sugary stuff could be more available as they're treats, rather than all the time. I wouldn't pick a fight if I were you.

Daisymae Fri 31-May-19 10:30:30

No, you should not say anything. They do know and choose to make them available to their children. Their children, their decision. You won't be thanked if you do.

Newatthis Fri 31-May-19 10:35:46

Not all diabetics are overweight!!

Missfoodlove Fri 31-May-19 10:37:44

My husband recently bought home three very expensive smoothies, they were branded as though they were a healthy food supplement.
I read the label at the back and was shocked at the sugar content. I weighed out on the scales the amount of sugar from one small bottle of the juice. My husband was horrified to see how much sugar he was about consume.
He is a type 2 diabetic but we have managed to reverse the diabetes, this exercise and demonstrating the sugar in the drink went a long way towards the reversal of his diabetes.
He now reads labels!

anti Fri 31-May-19 10:45:11

It could be that those are holiday treats, my daughter dies a similar thing but watches very carefully how much they consume each day.

JacquiG Fri 31-May-19 10:48:00

Even slim people can get diabetes, and fizzy sugary drinks are the bane of bone. You can get a free download of John Yudkin's book if you search for it. There is also corn syrup to watch out for, additives, and now nano particles eg of titanium dioxide which is used to make foods white.

If you get on well, I should have a word and ask if she's aware of the diet revolution which is starting. .

Watch out for Prof Tim Noakes and Dr Zoe Harcombe on Twitter. Following them can lead you to much interesting work on diet, how bad industry has made it, and how improved it can be.

And bear in mind that all this is just one big unauthorised experiment conducted by the food industry. No trials were done studying the effect of hydrogenated fats before they were unleashed on the public to improve product shelf life. Why anybody isn't suing 'food' manufacturers for the number of heart attacks and deaths they have caused is beyond me.

And finally, they squirrel their profits offshore, pay hardly any tax, and the NHS picks up the tab!

Chinesecrested Fri 31-May-19 10:48:27

No. Don't say anything. We don't want to see you ending up one of those poor estranged grandmothers.

Witzend Fri 31-May-19 10:54:07

Personally I'd leave well alone. Criticism rarely goes down well in such circs, however tactfully given. If your dd is normally intelligent and reasonably well informed, she surely must be aware of the issues.

Buffybee Fri 31-May-19 10:57:06

I wouldn't dream of commenting Newquay and I wouldn't advise you to do either. No-one likes to be criticised and your Daughter would not like it I'm sure.
I would stick with: Your house - your rules, her house - her rules.

EllanVannin Fri 31-May-19 11:03:39

A glucose medium is used via injection during a PET scan in order to highlight areas where there might be signs of cancer. Sugar to highlight cancer ? Makes you think !
The glucose solution metabolises quicker within cancer cells than it does in normal cells. This is how cancer is detected during a PET scan.
Conclusion is that " cancer likes sugar ". I reduced my sugar intake greatly after that.

I had one of these scans a few years back when my consultant made a request to Allied Medical who were visiting my area with their mobile unit------at no cost might I add as that was stressed to me at the time.
This turned out to be the best Christmas present ever as no cancer had been detected in my body, so it was worth the discomfort of lying completely still for nearly 2 hours.

Marilla Fri 31-May-19 11:04:35

Say nothing while on holiday, no matter how tempting!

Conker Fri 31-May-19 11:24:35

They are on holiday, maybe they are just holiday treats ?