Monthly Archives: April 2008

Fructose Malabsorption – dextrose experiment

Well, all my time lately has been taken up trying to negotiate through my new foodplan. I have Fructose Malabsorption Disorder and now that I am in contact with others and some research-based hard data, I can finally start thoroughly removing all my problem foods – foods I didn’t know contained fructose! Wheat, spelt, kamut, artichokes, onions, shallots, leeks, wax beans, as well as all fruit products, fructose itself (naturally), sucrose (like table sugar, brown sugar, molassas, maple sugar, beet sugar), and any sweet stuff ending in -ol (like sorbitol).

As an avid baker, this is very frustrating! There are a lot of recipes out there for those who can’t have wheat, but they all have table sugar and/or brown sugar. The only sugar I can have without problem is dextrose (also known as corn sugar or glucose powder).

I haven’t been able to find many recipes at ALL baking with dextrose, so I did a little experiment this evening to get an idea of it’s sweetness compared to sugar: two mugs, each with one measuring cup of tea and a quarter of a cup of milk. I then put two teaspoons of unrefined granulated sugar (I don’t have any white sugar in the house – close enough) in one mug and put the same amount of dextrose in the other and tasted them. The dextrose one was still very bitter, so I upped the dextrose by 1/2 a teaspoon and tasted again. I continued this until they tasted the same….well that was the idea…but something curious happened.

The more dextrose I added, the more “dry mouth” I started to experience. It was quite pronounced by the time I reached 3 1/2 teaspoons. By 4 1/2 teaspoons, the dextrose side still wasn’t anywhere near as sweet as the two teaspoons of sugar and curiously, the richness of the milk was almost totally gone. It’s like I was tasting one cup with milk and sugar and cup with dextrose and no milk! This made comparison very difficult.

By the time I reached 6 teaspoons of dextrose, the sweetness was very similar but the milk issue was making certainty difficult. I started the experiment again, omitting the milk. The final result was the two teaspoons of table sugar (okay, unrefined sugar) is equal in sweetness to 6 1/2 teaspoons of dextrose with a very tiny shake of salt to tone down the tea’s bitterness.

The milk….perhaps using evaporated milk or 2 or 3% (I was using organic 1% milk) would rescue the lost creaminess.

All in all, a VERY enlightening experiment. I now know I’ll have to figure out a way to compensate in the recipes for the added bulk of all the extra dextrose. The creaminess issue and dry mouth may indicate I’ll have to up the liquids and maybe add more fat to a baked recipe.

hmmmmm….

🙂

AVT

………..what does this have to do with writing? Well, with this little info – I’m thinking COOKBOOK!! LOL!

Writuals…

The editor on my freelancing site directed us to this interview:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/northern_ireland/7340217.stm.

he challenged us to answer the same questions as though we were being interviewed! One of my fellow writers, Elizabeth Ann West, answered on her blog here:

http://eawestwriting.wordpress.com/

Here are my answers:

Where are you?

At my desk in the hobby room for a change! Usually I write at the sunny kitchen table or at a neighbourhood coffeeshop. This room contains my computer, my husband’s computer, a TV, all our tapes and DVDs and hobby supplies.

What are you writing with?

I usually write with my Eee-PC by Asus . It’s a mini-laptop about the size of a trade paperback book. It does everything a fullsized laptop does, built in wireless, Skype, Firefox, Thunderbird, and it fits in my purse! Allows me to go to cafes, park benches, the living room, my bed….love it! I use Open Office and wouldn’t trade it for the world. Great program.

What is the oddest object in front of you?

Probably my desk! LOL!! Odd because I sit here so rarely, but also because I got bored with it several years ago and COATED the entire desk with decoupage. It is completely encased with images from National Geographic, greeting cards, historical home magazines….The images are of early Christian mosaics in the tunnels under Rome, Pre-Raphaelite paintings, gothic stained glass windows and Victorian door knockers.

It is a lovely contrast to my husband’s desk which sits next to mine. His is black laminate.

my desk

desk close up!

What are you listening to?

At the moment, my husband is online playing Enemy Territory: Quake Wars and has very, very good speakers, so I am listening to a soldier counting down – shouting orders – machine gun fire – a bugle…war stuff. Also the TV which sits between our desks is on, tuned to History Television. Some war movie with Michael Caine. War, war, war! I think I should at least change the TV channel! LOL!! Ha! There we go: CNN. No war there, right? He, he. he.

Is there anyone in the room with you?

Just my darling online warrior.

What time of day is it?

Ten minutes past midnight on Sunday night…or I guess Monday morning. It’ll be bedtime in two or three hours! My day doesn’t even start until noon. Usually I go into town around 1pm and write in coffee shops or restaurants until my husband gets off work at 6. We then meet for coffee and go home together. We have dinner, maybe watch a movie, then he goes to his computer to unwind and I go to mine to write or screw around on Youtube. ~~sigh~~

What is guaranteed to remove your concentration?

Screwing around on Youtube. LOL!!

Truthfully, music that’s too loud or a kid shrieking. Why, oh why are muzzles for children disallowed? This is totally unjust. I believe a strong and articulate argument could be made for them. We could call them “chuzzles”. They would be *adorable* and really, really humane. I promise.

What do you look at when you are looking for inspiration?

CNN.com, nature, people… I can be inspired by the serviette dispenser on my table at a restaurant…whether it produces anything useful…that’s another question.

Other than serviettes, of course.

🙂

AVThompson

Write What you Know

Last night after submitting my article on Mission and Craftsman styles to Constant Content, I just hammered out an 800 word article on how to find shoes that fit. Just sat down and wrote it off the top of my head! It was great! I was first trained in shoe fitting when I was hired for my first real job in the early 1990’s. People who work in shoe stores aren’t really trained to fit a shoe properly anymore, and as a result, people are walking around in shoes that don’t fit and they don’t know why. It was an article I knew about, had explained to many customers before and could articulate easily.

They say, “write what you know”…..well – “they” are so right!

🙂

AThompson

Making Connections

Well, just uploaded another article to Constant Content – yay, me! I am becoming far more diligent.

Spoke to one of the barristas (sp?) at the coffee shop I’ve been going to forever, and it turns out she’s a writer too! She is going to email me about starting up a group of some kind. I’m thinking that will be very motivating.

I have only been writing what “I” want to write for Constant Content, to keep my engine going as to interest and enthusiasm, but methinks nothing motivates like MONEY – so I’m readjusting my focus to the requested content list: writing on subjects that have been requested by buyers.

Here’s hopin’!

🙂

AVThompson