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Corn Sugar aka High Fructose Corn Syrup = Same Nasty Stuff

Posted Sep 15 2010 11:08am

We can’t really go without sweets, and honestly, how could anyone? It’s pretty difficult to avoid sweets altogether, and I personally couldn’t and wouldn’t do it. I enjoy a cookie or a cupcake every now and then, and I don’t think it would hurt at all.

Many health junkies know high fructose corn syrup, or HFCS as the devil, and it’s true – high fructose corn syrup is a preservative in many processed foods. By consuming foods with high fructose corn syrup regularly, you’re likely to gain more weight and become prone to diabetes, high blood pressure or coronary artery disease.

Recently, the Corn Refiners Association decided that they wanted to refer high fructose corn syrup as corn sugar, which may not sound as bad, but it’s still HFCS. People need to be aware that the term corn sugar is HFCS and stay away from it. It’s also been known that sugar and HFCS are the same nutritionally too – with no nutritional value. Instead, choose raw unrefined sugar, as this is made from the juice of the sugar cane plant with trace mineral and nutrients.

Of course, I am not an expert in this, but I think ideally, we should cut back on sugary foods as much as possible. But if you have a sweet tooth, bake your own goodies from scratch. Avoid canned fruit and opt for the real thing. Choose fresh fruit rather than fruit juice or fruit-flavored drinks. Also, drink less soda, which is pretty easy to do in my opinion.

Do you use organic sweeteners instead of “normal” sugar?  Do you think it’s any better for you?

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