Where Local and Global Appetites Collide

Sugar is good for you

I have been reading a lot about high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) and there’s nothing good about it but then I was wondering if sugar is any better.

It really depends who you ask and I just spent an hour doing some research and every expert seems to have a different opinion.

Most say that both are equally bad for you. 

The blog Fresh Food Perspectives goes into a complex scientific mathematical equation as to why some HFCS is really bad for you but sugar is no walk in the park either.

Some products that used to be made with high fructose corn syrup are now made with sugar and somehow the marketing makes that a selling point. I have to admit when I see high fructose corn syrup on the label, I put the product back on the shelf. My rule of thumb is not so stringent with sugar.

Michelle Obama recently said she wasn’t going to buy any products with high fructose corn syrup. I bet the HFCS lobbyists are tap dancing as fast as they can right about now. Ms. Obama is one trend setter to contend with.

Yes, this is all very confusing. If you want to know which foods to buy that don’t have high fructose corn syrup as an ingredient, here is a list.

I’m not surprised by having HFCS and/or sugar in candy, desserts, and sodas. I am surprised by how many cereals, yogurt, smoothies, salad dressings, frozen dinners, condiments, granola bars, crackers, sauces, and jams/jelly have it too.

Here’s more information about high fructose corn syrup.

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