Skeeter Bait

January 14, 2007

One of my resolutions for the new year is to try and cut back on the amount of sugar (especially the dastardly high-fructose corn syrup) I ingest. I have a wicked sweeth tooth, well-honed over many years of use, and cutting back is hard. I can see why nutritionists state that more Americans are addicted to sugar than anything else.

I was paging through my copy of “Nourishing Tradtions” while waiting for my German-style shredded red cabbage dish to cook and ran across an interesting little anecdote on page 416. The mosquito is the unoffical state bird of Minnesota; we are awash with the little bastards in the summertime despite our best efforts to eradicate them. Apparently skeeters are attracted to the sugar in our bloodstreams, so those folks who slam down lots of sugar pop, sweets, etc, are more likely to smell like dinner.

The book states that once you’re ‘off sugar’ for a year or more, you should be able to notice a distinct difference in how often you are attacked by mosquitos compared to your over-sugared peers. It’ll take me a while to get there, but I’ll be curious to see if that’s the case or not. Regardless of how much our climate changes, I’m guessing the mosquitos will still be here.