100 lb. Club - I don't get it: A reflection on strawberries




Eumie
04-13-2010, 05:28 PM
Today I came to work iwth dinner and an apple in my bag to get me through the evening. My friend who works with me texted to ask if I wanted strawberries. YES! Of course I want strawberries! I'll take my apple home and have it tomorrow! She proceeded to ask if I wanted shortcake, which I politely declined.

She brought in a cup of strawberries, sliced up and looking yummy. I said thank you. She said, "they're really yummy because I put some sugar on them."

Now, she doesn't know about my PCOS and insulin resistance, and doesn't know that I'm cutting out all sugar and other refined carbs. I don't expect her to know this. That being said, I just don't get it. Why would you put sugar on such a wonderfully sweet food? It's like people who cook sweet potatoes with marshmallows on top or add cinnamon sugar to it. It's already sweet? Why mess with perfection??? Even when I ate unhealthily, I never added sugar to fruits, especially not berries!

So, I ate a slice while she was in visiting and then threw them down the disposal in the kitchen. It's so wasteful, but I'm not going to consume something so detrimental to my health and my weight loss efforts just to be polite. I'll take my apple instead.


ValRock
04-13-2010, 05:40 PM
Ah man. I'm with you!! Strawberries are perfect how they are!

Lyn2007
04-13-2010, 05:42 PM
I have always added sugar to strawberries because it draws the juice out and makes a sauce (aka "macerate" I believe). Even when I was cutting sugar out, I would add a half teaspoon of sugar to a very large bowl of berries to get the juice. It's just nice to have a sauce if you are serving them over some cake or ice cream or something like that, which is why people do it.

Granted, I don't do it anymore...

Also you could rinse off the sugar and the berries should be fine, they do not absorb sugar.


haleysmommy5402
04-13-2010, 05:45 PM
I'm guilty of sugar on strawberries .. i don't use much .. just enough to make them juicier .. strawberries always seem sour to me .. im also guilty of marshmallows in my sweet potatoes lol but i dont eat them much but when i eat them i like them just a tad sweeter :)

kaplods
04-13-2010, 05:45 PM
Your perception of flavor is not a static thing. It changes based on what you're eating. The more sugar you eat, the less you taste it, and the more you have to use.

It really is drug-like in that way. It takes more and more to reach the same flavor-point.

I never used huge amounts of sugar (or so I thought). I didn't even realize I had much of a sweet-tooth (except around TOM). I wasn't a big fan of candy or deserts most of the time, but I did like fruit and foods like barbecued chicken (barbecue sauce is very high in sugar).

I didn't notice a huge flavor-gap until after I'd been on low-carb for a while and had been avoiding even most fruits.

Now bananas I thought were ripe, now seem over-ripe and too-sweet, and vegetables that I never thought of as sweet (such as bell-pepper) are very sweet. Vegetables I thought of as bitter (such as broccoli and brussels sprouts) now taste great.

Eumie
04-13-2010, 06:10 PM
I didn't know that about the sauce. I've just always liked strawberries the way they were. We used to go strawberry picking once a year and my mom would bring water bottles for us to drink. I would pick a few berries, run water over them, and eat them right there. They were always the best berries I tasted all year long.


I didn't even think about rinsing them off. How silly of me!

Haleysmom--It doesn't help that marshmallows is on my top ten least favorite foods list. I used to get sweet potatoes with cinnamon sugar on them at restaurants because that's how they came, but I finally realized that it didn't make them better for me. So why add the sugar if I already like the taste? These days, when I do eat sweet potatoes, I don't put anything on them, not even butter.

Kaplods, until about a year ago, I never understood the whole eating sugar begets craving sugar thing because it never happened to me. I really could have one cookie and not crave more sweets. It was harder for me to eat salty carbs within reason than sweets. In the last year I have come to know firsthand the evils of sweets. If I had a vaguely sweet taste in my mouth I'd be hungry until I ate or drank something savory, and sometimes that didn't even work. This getting older thing stinks!

Terre
04-13-2010, 06:15 PM
Thats how we do it too. Pour sugar over sliced strawberries to make their own juice for the shortcake... yumm another reason why i need to be here :(

Lori Bell
04-13-2010, 06:31 PM
Thats how we do it too. Pour sugar over sliced strawberries to make their own juice for the shortcake... yumm another reason why i need to be here :(

;)Oh yea...and then smother it with heavy whipping cream, (whipped with more sugar and vanilla!) OMG! :drool:

TJFitnessDiva
04-13-2010, 06:46 PM
I like strawberries in milk, sprinkled with splenda :)

I do like them plain too but with the weather we've had here they aren't as sweet as they should be.

bythenumbers
04-13-2010, 06:56 PM
You can put splenda on them instead of sugar and you still get the sauce :)
LOVE THE SAUCE!!!!!

I never have liked sweet potatoes, I have tried to make myself like them, but no. The only reason I used to put them on my plate was to eat the marshmellows!

CanadianCutie
04-13-2010, 07:00 PM
another thing about putting sugar on strawberries it is seems to make them last a little longer too. I prefer them without, but my parents like them with. So when I get strawberries I always leave some plain for myself, and add a little sugar too theirs. If I'm finding I'm not eating them I'll put a little sugar on them on send them with my dad with his lunch for work.

caryesings
04-13-2010, 07:20 PM
Count me as another who adds sugar to strawberries to draw the juice out. And still prepare them that way even with my current way of eating.

slimsilhouette2b
04-13-2010, 08:20 PM
I'm sorry you wasted strawberries, she should have asked and not done something like that before asking!!

I sometimes add sugar to strawberries. not much, but some and I am NOT going to feel guilty for that. Eating healthier for me doesn't include depriving myself of a few of my favorite treats in moderation. Where I can understand some needing and wanting to cut out sugar not all of us need to do that.

I love sweet potatoes with a little brown sugar. Yes sweet potatoes are sweet on their own but I like a little more.

You may not like it but it's not fair to poo-poo on other peoples tastes.

astrophe
04-13-2010, 08:38 PM
The only time I put sugar on strawberries is if it is also getting balsamic vinegar and pepper. The rest of the time I eat them plain.

But good for you -- do what you gotta to knock that PCOS back!

A.

starfishkitty
04-13-2010, 09:35 PM
Kudos on being able to throw them away!!! That's still probably my biggest problem... I can avoid all the food I want and eat healthy, but if the food is there in front of me I still have the hardest time saying no and/or throwing it away because it makes me feel so.darned.WASTEFUL!

LitChick
04-13-2010, 10:50 PM
For me, it depends on the particular batch of strawberries. Sometimes they are sweet enough on their own, but sometimes they can be either almost tasteless or bitter, so I add some truvia or splenda to those to help bring out the sweetness and flavor.

Instead of throwing them out, maybe you could have just told her you changed your mind or offered them to someone else?

oodlesofnoodles
04-13-2010, 10:56 PM
You can put splenda on them instead of sugar and you still get the sauce :)
LOVE THE SAUCE!!!!!

I never have liked sweet potatoes, I have tried to make myself like them, but no. The only reason I used to put them on my plate was to eat the marshmellows!

:drool: Nice tip!


And congrats OP on throwing the strawberries out. You have some great self control.

kaplods
04-13-2010, 11:11 PM
One of the few desserts I do like, is strawberry shortcake, as long as the "cake" part isn't too sweet. I like the biscuit style shortcake.

Unfortunately the lightly sweetened strawberries aren't a problem, it's the shortcake. I try to avoid wheat as much as I can (we've noticed a skin reaction when I eat wheat, my face breaks out in a scaly dermatitis rash).

I'm sure there's a gluten-free shortcake recipe out there, but I don't bake. Easiest way to avoid baked goods is not to buy or bake them, so if I did have something it usually was in a restaurant.

We went out to eat tonight, and I ordered an appetizer as my meal - asian style chicken wings with a sauce instead of a batter. I ate about 3/4 of it and hubby finished them. He had ordered a cup of soup and a half sandwich. It's a lunch special but you can order it all day). The desserts all looked great, but every single one had wheat in it, so it was a no-brainer.

For a restaurant meal, we did awesome.

bythenumbers
04-13-2010, 11:15 PM
Unfortunately the lightly sweetened strawberries aren't a problem, it's the shortcake. I try to avoid wheat as much as I can (we've noticed a skin reaction when I eat wheat, my face breaks out in a scaly dermatitis rash).



I have no idea about how much gluten is in this, but I like to buy the sugar free or "lite" version of angle food cake for the cake part, that is my favorite

kaplods
04-14-2010, 12:07 AM
I don't know if I'm allergic or sensitive to wheat or the gluten in wheat so I avoid wheat and all gluten grains.

Angel food cake is made with regular (wheat) flour, so yeah it's out too. As are barley and rye. I may try barley at some point (if it's only wheat I'm sensitive to, barley and rye would be ok -but generally not in breads because they're usually combined with wheat).

For a while I cut out all grains completely (and felt great), but I'm experimenting with a few non-gluten grains.

Rice and quinoa seem ok.

When I eat grains, I usually eat them entirely in whole form. I have tried a few of the wheat-free and gluten-free breads and they've all been terrible. And so crazy expensive that I'm not very motivated to experiment. It's easier just to do without. There's a gluten-free product expo every year in town, I recently learned of. I think it's in July or August, so I'll be on the look out for that.

rainydays
04-14-2010, 12:21 AM
Mmmm, plain strawberries for me too :)

Kae
04-14-2010, 09:47 AM
I've only ever done the sugar on them for the sauce for short cake... as for the sweet potatoes, the only time we add marshmallows is on the yams at Thanksgiving. Otherwise I like my sweet potatoes with butter and salt and pepper... mmm...

matt_H
04-14-2010, 10:01 AM
I don't put sugar on strawberries. All that I know is after reading this thread is I really want strawberries now!

JustBeckyV
04-14-2010, 10:11 AM
I agree with applauding you for not changing what you felt was best for you just because she had given them to you. That is tough task to do.

As far as the strawberries go I eat them plain as well - never really thought much about putting sugar on them. lol Now it's got me thinking though!

Eumie
04-14-2010, 10:13 AM
You may not like it but it's not fair to poo-poo on other peoples tastes.

LOL--That's really how you interpreted my intent? Interesting.

Obviously I'm in the minority on this topic! I knew salt drew out flavors, but I was not aware that sugar was used in the same way. I just thought it was to make it sweeter. Now I know! I won't change my ways, though. I'm stubborn like that. ;)

Eumie
04-14-2010, 10:13 AM
I don't put sugar on strawberries. All that I know is after reading this thread is I really want strawberries now!

I'm currently having my greek yogurt and strawberries because I was perusing the thread. :D

Star2Be
04-14-2010, 11:17 AM
I'm sorry you wasted strawberries, she should have asked and not done something like that before asking!!

That was my exact thought! I'm another one who didn't know that adding sugar helps to create a sauce for the strawberries, which is pretty interesting, but I think I'll keep taking 'em plain. :p However, I do think it was a teensy bit presumptuous of her to add sugar to them without asking you. She was only doing it to enhance the flavor, and certainly thought nothing of it, but stuff like that is very tricky for me. When it comes to my food, I know I'm a total control freak, and it really bugs me when someone makes a food choice "for" me. :headache: I know they're usually just doing it to be kind, but it can put you into some awkward social situations. I'm thinking of moments like when my best friend/roommate bakes a pie or something and proceeds to cut me a slice and bring it to me without asking. I'm deeply touched by the thoughtfulness of "surprising" me with this gesture--of course!--but part of me still gets a little panicky. I think Oh crap, now I *have* to eat this, because if I turn it down I'll look all weird and weight-obsessed, but sometimes I just don't want to eat the stupid piece of pie, you know? :rolleyes: LOL. If I want a treat, I'll try to plan for it and make sure that it's something I really want, so guerrilla pie/cookies/chocolate/etc throws me for a loop. I think you did the right thing by eating a little to be gracious and tossing them once she had left. Maybe this is proof that you're getting more sensitive to the the taste of sugar--just wait until sweetened apple sauce makes you gag (if not already), haha! :lol:

JasonsLea
04-14-2010, 04:00 PM
My mama used to do that when we were younger. She would slice up the strawberries, sprinkle some sugar, and leave it in the fridge overnight. :drool: I think I might make some but try it with Stevia or Truvia.

Terre
04-14-2010, 05:37 PM
;)Oh yea...and then smother it with heavy whipping cream, (whipped with more sugar and vanilla!) OMG! :drool:

oh yes, how did I forget the coolwhip...

rakel
04-14-2010, 05:47 PM
For me, it really just depends on the strawberries. Sometimes they are very bitter, so a little sugar will go a long way. Most of the time if they are ripe enough or just good strawberries period, then no sugar is necessary! Unless, like other posters have said, and I am putting them on some sort of cake. Which I venture to say in moderation is fine, but I tend to have an issue with that. Sweets are definitely my downfall.

BUT, on the other hand, if you allow it in your calories, whipped cream is not too bad, especially if you make it yourself because you can control exactly how much sugar is going in, and if you use artificial sweeteners you can use that instead.

As for sweet potatoes ... I've never been a huge fan of their flavor and only started eating them once I started my life change. So I do need to add spices to it. Most of the time I make them roasted with olive oil, garlic powder and chili powder. It is delicious! I don't usually go the super sweet route unless it is the holidays and I'll make a casserole with eggs, evaporated milk, sugar, cinnamon and pecans.

ValRock
04-14-2010, 06:20 PM
Because of this thread I went to the market and bought a pint of strawberries at like 7 last night... I made a dent in them last night and will have the rest later today ;). NOMNOMNOM

bythenumbers
04-14-2010, 08:46 PM
I counted my strawberry blossoms. I stopped at 100. Hurry and grow babies grow!!! Now, when I can pick them almost overripe myself.... no sweeteners needed.... buy them from the grocery.... it is either splenda or I don't buy them, don't like sour strawberries!:eek: and I am not a gambler :)