The Dominion Post - Your Weekend (Dominion Post) - - Front Page - By Tsz Kwan Au from Hong Kong, from WOW 2012. Photo: Lind­say Adler.

In her col­umn this week, Amie Richard­son pledges to break up with su­gar. Then, in a re­ally mean twist of fate, a few pages later (p16), we serve up three of the most deca­dent su­gar-laden dessert recipes you could dream of, in­fused with all sorts of in­dul­gent temp­ta­tion, namely dark cho­co­late, ca­cao nibs and tof­fee. How nice of us!

This was not a pre­med­i­tated con­spir­acy to sab­o­tage Amie’s new su­gar-free stance, I prom­ise, but it does re­flect the state of play when it comes to our favourite drug: su­gar. It is all around us, and as soon as you vow to give it up, it’s right there in your face to taunt you. Even on the pages of the mag­a­zi­nee you write for (sorry Amie!).

I think we all have a love/hate re­la­tion­ship with su­gar, of sorts. Whether you have a sweet tooth or not, ot, su­gar has now been de­monised to the point where al­lll “good” food is ei­ther su­gar-free or guilt-free or gluten-free or fat-free. This puts guilt, fat, gluten and su­gar in the same naughty camp – eat su­gar and you feel guilty. All this does is add fuel to the fire of the bil­lion-dol­lar su­gar ad­ver­tis­ing ma­chine, push­ing “healthy” break­fast ce­re­als, “low su­gar” yo­ghurt, “su­gar-free” muesli bars with “nat­u­ral” co­conut su­gar in them – so is that healthy or un­healthy? No won­der we’re so confused!

As a mother, it’s a mine­field. Su­gar is a tricky, sticky map to nav­i­gate with kids. But there’s no way my son is go­ing to miss out on the treats I so fondly re­mem­ber – lick­ing cho­co­late cake mix out of the bowl and trips to Mr Whippy in sum­mer. Page 5.

Wea Wear­able art:

Art as clothes. Clothes as a art. It’s been 30 years sinc since the first World of Wea Wear­ableart Awards sho show was con­ceived in Nel Nel­son and what an incr in­cred­i­ble evo­lu­tion it’s bee been. WOW wows us from Sep Septem­ber 21-October 8.


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