sugar or high fructose corn syrup?
Pepsi is advertising 'natural sugar.' Snapple has switched from high fructose corn syrup to 'real sugar.' So whats the difference? Is natural sugar better for you than high fructose corn syrup?
- mcmindfulLv 41 decade agoFavorite Answer
Personally, I only have raw sugar in my coffee and/or tea.
Here's an article that explains HFCS: Just Say No to Sweet Poison
By Melanie Segala
As bad as too much sugar is for you, its cousin is even worse. I'm speaking, of course, about high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), the sugary goo that's been added to soft drinks, salad dressings, cakes, cookies, and cereals for over 30 years. The darling of food manufacturers everywhere, HFCS made its debut as the ideal solution for extending the shelf life and reducing the cost of producing commercially sweetened foods.
While it might have been a magic bullet for manufacturers and retailers, it's been a bullet of a very different kind for consumers. According to nutrition expert Jonny Bowden, writing in Total Health Breakthroughs, HFCS comes with a veritable laundry list of associated health risks, including raising triglycerides and LDL cholesterol, reducing insulin sensitivity, and causing dangerous intra-abdominal fat (the kind that's a precursor to heart disease).
Not enough to make you think twice? Here's another frightening twist: mercury contamination!
Mercury can damage the heart, kidneys, nervous system, and immune system. In pregnant women, mercury can cross the placenta and affect the neurological development of the fetus. (Is it any wonder we're seeing so many cases of autism and ADHD?)
The latest news regarding the dangers of HFCS came to light in late January when several news outlets published the results of two eye-opening studies. In the first study, it was reported that, in 2005, an FDA scientist tested 20 commercial products containing HFCS and found that nine were positive for mercury. If that wasn't bad enough, the FDA, asleep on the job as usual, did not release these dangerous findings to the public until recently.
In the second study, the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP), a non-profit watchdog group, analyzed 55 commercial products containing HFCS that were purchased in the fall of 2008. They found that nearly 1 in 3 of the foods and beverages it tested contained mercury.
At this point you might be wondering what a toxic heavy metal has to do with high-fructose corn syrup. Was it an accident or shoddy manufacturing practices that caused mercury to be found in these foods? No. In creating the corn syrup, a mercury reagent is typically used with a caustic soda to separate corn starch from the kernel. In the process, the mercury cells can contaminate the caustic soda, which is then transferred to the corn syrup.
A spokesperson for the Corn Refiners Association claims that the industry has not used mercury reagents in the manufacturing of HFCS for several years and the study is therefore outdated. But can that really be true if the products tested in the second study were purchased off the shelf by IATP in 2008?
And even so, that feeble excuse cannot reverse the damage done to countless Americans who unknowingly ingested mercury-contaminated food for 30 or more years, clogged their arteries, and possibly affected the neurological development of their unborn children.
What's the takeaway advice here? It's obvious. Get high-fructose corn syrup out of your diet. The health dangers are just too alarming to ignore. Don't wait for the FDA or food manufacturers to do the right thing. If their track record is any indication, the wait will be a long one.
[Ed. Note: Melanie SegalaSource(s): See above, this stuff should be banned
- Anonymous1 decade ago
High fructose corn syrup is highly processed and the human body doesn't deal with it very well. Your body deals with natural sugar better, but neither one is good for you. High fructose corn syrup has been linked to diabetes and obesity (and so has cane sugar). Even sugar found in fresh fruit juice isn't good for people in large amounts. Fruit juice should be limited to one per day.
This is the way it works with that whole pepsi and snapple thing:
Food manufacturers closely follow info from the media. Food trends develop from this info. For example, low-carb diets, vegetarianism, low-fat diets, etc. are all created by the media because of the "latest" food study or research. And big companies, like pepsi, like to cash in on this info.
So lately, there has been a lot or reports about how unhealthy high fructose corn syrup is. Soft drink companies use high frutose corn syrup because it is cheaper than cane sugar. But as a result of the meida hype about high fructose corn sugar, pepsi and snapple do not want to lose money because of this. So, they switched to making their product with "natural" cane sugar to capture the market of people who won't buy high fructose corn syrup products.
Here's another interesting fact about high fructose corn syrup. It is a by product of the cattle industry. Cattle used to be grass fed, but there isn't enough land to let cattle graze, so now, cattle farmers are feeding them corn. There has been a huge surpluss of corn because of this. In order not to lose money, these farmers turned the excess corn into sugar, which they can sell to make more profit. The food industry has been buying a donkey load of this stuff because its cheap. Also, studies have been done showing that corn fed cattle are not healthy. These animals evolved to live on grass. The corn diets of cattle in turn effect humans who eat the meat. Our bodies really don't know how to break this stuff done on the molecular level, as we too have evolved to eat natural foods. And, high fructose corn syrup is a synthetic sugar and our bodies can't break that down either.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
Sugar is MUCH better for you.
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- valirie chan kimLv 41 decade ago
yeah, something like that.