Stories about sugar

I didn’t think about diabetes until I had it

We are the nation that has arguably pioneered diabetes. Managing to make a career out of sugar consumption is no mean feat, but we managed to do it. I never really even thought about it until the day I found out that I had the version that you control with pills (type 2). I thought this would change my life, it did, but not as much as I had suspected. Even though I started eating a bit healthier; doing away with most of the local cuisine due to its not-so-secret love affair with oily cooking and most importantly cutting out ...

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The bitter truth: Use less sugar

Sugar has gone from the once dictatorial price of Rs27 per kg to a much awaited democracy induced price of up to Rs125 per kg. Rates in large cities of Lahore and Karachi are up to Rs105 per kg. It is said that sugar mill owners and wholesalers have become millionaires many times over. Rumour has it that sugar prices will further increase to Rs150 per kg during the Eidul Adha festivities. I remember the era of the 1970s in Karachi when sugar was not even available in the market. One needed ration cards to get sugar and some other staple ...

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Just a spoonful of sugar

How much of a crisis is the sugar crisis? We use sugar in our tea, coffee and dessert. I will reluctantly concede that some cannot survive without their sweetened tea and coffee but I refuse to believe that we cannot go without dessert. Sure enough, if sugar were to disappear from the face of this country tomorrow, our caffeine would be a lot blander and our desserts fewer in number. But our health will not deteriorate and our sweet tooth will not be left unsatisfied (fruits, anyone?). So what’s the outrage all about? For those who gasp at the thought ...

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Typical PML-N responses to the Taliban question

Host: So how do you view the current turmoil in Pakistan? Rep: Alhamdulillah our government in Punjab is working wonders. Host: What about the terrorists that are rumored to be camped in Punjab? Rep: These are mere conspiracies pitched by those you are well aware of *wink* Host: Do you think your government is doing enough to thwart terrorism and militancy? Rep: Of course!! Look at our sasti roti programme. It’s a booming success!! We are bringing relief to the common man. Host: There are talks of Punjabi Taliban. What do you have to say about them? Rep: I myself have seen people from northern regions leading ...

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