The Other I

September 16, 2014

Dragon fruit

Filed under: Diet,Just Stuff — theotheri @ 8:30 pm

  We were in the grocery story this morning, and I saw a “dragon fruit” for sale on the shelf.  I’ve never seen anything like it before in my life, and since it was £2 (less than $4), I bought it, and we had  it for our evening dessert.  It’s a popular Asian fruit,  quite sweet, and supposed to be one of those super-foods full of anti-oxidants and vitamins and all those things with complicated names that they try to jam into vitamin tablets.

But I also discovered something else today that scientists are presenting as the newest forbidden fruit of our age.

It’s sugar.

I’ve known most of my life that processed sugar doesn’t really have any substantial nutritional value.

But what I learned today is that it is the sole (the sole!) cause of tooth decay.  There are villages still in this world where not a single person has any tooth decay whatsoever, because they have no access to processed sugars.  In this country, more children end up in the hospital to have a mouthful of rotten teeth extracted as a result of a sugary diet than for any other single cause.

Despite its name and appearance, it is not Dragon Fruit that grows on the new forbidden tree of our age.




  1. So now I am confused, is dragon fruit full of sugar or the healthy alliterative to sugar ? It sounds wonderful !


    Comment by Ed Kirn — November 14, 2014 @ 1:46 am | Reply

    • Dragon fruit is definitely on the Super-Healthy List. From what I understand, refined sugar is what causes cavities. The sweetness in fruit does not have all the damaging effects of refined sugars.

      Hope this helps. And that you can find some Fruits of the Dragon!


      Comment by theotheri — November 14, 2014 @ 2:36 pm | Reply

  2. Really good pictures you shot. Dragon fruit is genuinely stylish – I recently discovered it as an easy way of impressing my friends ( So, in a way – this is also a mode of looking on things in a very different way 😉


    Comment by leckerfoodie — December 11, 2014 @ 6:48 pm | Reply

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