Why the jam?

  • waterman

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    Aug 25, 2007 4:50 PM GMT
    I've often seen a peanut butter and jam sandwich recommended as a good snack. But why the jam? It's loaded with artificial sugars.
  • gymingit

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    Aug 25, 2007 11:30 PM GMT
    My trainer told me a spoonful of jelly is not going to hurt me, but to try and eat it right before or right after a workout.
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    Aug 26, 2007 12:33 AM GMT
    I have a whole wheat English muffin, natural peanut butter, and then I smash some raspberries and use that instead of jam.

    Honestly, I'd rather just have the jam.
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    Aug 26, 2007 1:40 AM GMT
    They do offer Jelly and Jam w/o additional sweetners (only sweetened by the fruit from which they are made) and/or sweetened with fruit juices.

    I love Polaner fruit spreads... very good! All natural too!
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    Aug 26, 2007 2:24 AM GMT
    Because jam is delicious.

    Come on now, not everything you eat or snack on has to be insanely nutritious. In the grand scheme of things, is a tablespoon or two of jam a day really going to throw your diet off balance?
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    Aug 26, 2007 5:07 PM GMT
    Sugar is not just added to jam as a sinful tooth-rotter, it's also a preservative. It increases the osmotic pressure so that spoilage microorganisms can't grow. The alternative is to cook down the fruit juice to concentrate its own sugars, but that's expensive and it changes the flavor, usually for the worse. In the processing plant, this is minimized by using a vacuum pan, which cooks the fruit at a lower temperature, under vacuum. Kind of hard to find one at your local cookware emporium.

    I used to do QA work at a fruit processing plant, during my college years. We made all kinds of fruit goop, according to various customer's recipes. I'd handle hundreds of tons of the stuff without ever tasting any of it. (That was someone else's job.) But the worst was the filling for a prominent brand of "all natural" yogurt. We put two extra sacks of sugar in every barrel. Man, that stuff was corrosive.
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    Aug 26, 2007 5:13 PM GMT
    Hyum. Two bags of sugar. Like Angel Delight, but for yoghurt
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    Aug 26, 2007 5:14 PM GMT
    waterman: "...It's loaded with artificial sugars..."

    The last time I checked, cane sugar or sugar beet sugar is not artifical. And "loaded"...I don't know. How much jam can one eat in one day?

    Even if sucrose (as opposed to fructose, which I am guessing what waterman meant), is not a health food, I doubt that what you take in of it in jam is going to be an issue.