More About Sugars

One may hear disparaging remarks about the sugar, “high fructose corn syrup”, (HFCS) which is made from corn starch.  HFCS is used throughout the world because it is easier to handle than the common granulated sugar, sucrose, and because the corn price is more stable and corn is more widely produced than are sugar cane and sugar beets from which sucrose is made.  However, HFCS is still sugar and it is used especially in soft drinks, but also in processed foods, cereals and baked products.  In addition to being less expensive than sucrose, HFCS is also sweeter; if sucrose is taken as 100, HFCS has a comparative sweetness of 130 to 180.

The real issue here is not that HFCS is used in our foods, but so much is included in the sodas, so popular in our culture.  The American Heart Assn. advises that women should consume no more than 6 teaspoons of sugar per day, and men should consume no more than 9 teaspoons.  But a 12 oz can of regular soda contains about 9 teaspoons of sugar. So therein lies the problem.  Too many of us are eating far too much sugar for our own good health.  Again, read those labels.


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