Friday, February 29, 2008

Everyone knows that Cranberry Juice is good for you. But when you try to buy it - there's Cranberry Juice Cocktail, which is a blend of Cranberry and other juices, sweetened with HFCS or sugar or something you don't want. Or you get Cranberry Juice, no sugar added - and it really isn't. In that instance I found it was NOT a code name for "Splenda added instead". But it was a blend of Cranberry and other juices, mostly apple. Apple juice is good for you too, but when I want Cranberry, darn it, I want Cranberry.
Then there's pure Cranberry juice from the health food section. At $7-something a bottle, I don't drink much of that either.
I'd found this a few months ago - for $3-change - and couldn't remember where I'd found it. Found it again last week - at Wal*Mart. Stocked up. Pure Cranberry Juice. Ocean Spray. Pure Cranberry Juice is quite - QUITE - tart. I dilute mine with water and drop in a few drops of Stevia. And know my urinary tract is getting that good Cranberry stuff, not a blend with a little Cranberry in it.

Friday, February 22, 2008

When your dentist says avoid sweets...

When your dentist says sweets are bad for your teeth, he must be right. I do know that when I'm not eating sugar, my dentures rinse off easily. When I was eating sugar, they collected a plaque of gunk that only Stain-Away and vigorous brushing would remove. Last week I was Sick - there were like 7 different strains of flu going around among my co-workers - and in desperation sucked on some Ricola cough drops - excellent drops except for the sugar - and there was a spot of that darn stubborn plaque again.
It's that simple: eat sugar, get plaque. Don't eat sugar, don't get plaque. If I still had natural teeth, I might not notice the direct cause/effect thing because I couldn't take them out - but it'd still be there. Your teeth, your choice.