Posted: 05 Aug 2010 05:20 AM PDT Fooducate
High Fructose Corn Syrup must be the most vilified food ingredient of the current millennium. A cheap alternative to sugar, HFCS has found its way into soft drinks, candy, bread, sauces, and thousands of other products over the past 30 years. At the same time, obesity rates in the US have skyrocketed. While some will draw a direct connecting line, most serious studies don't pin obesity on just this one ingredient.
The latest headlines pertain to pancreatic cancer cells thriving in the presence of fructose. Note: fructose, not HFCS. And yet the anti-HFCS camp instantly translates this to another reason to avoid HFCS. Never mind the fructose found in regular table sugar, or in fruit, or the "healthy" agave nectar.
Truth of the matter is that HFCS is just as bad for us as sugar. Is sugar bad?
The answer depends on how much you consume. If you take in added sugars like most Americans, then you are consuming too much. Way too much.
So the best advice is to cut your consumption of added sugars, regardless of their ingredient source.
What to do at the supermarket:
Read the nutrition facts panel to learn how much sugar is in the product you are about to buy. Every 4 grams of sugar equals one teaspoon.
For example – 12 grams in a kid's cereal equals 3 teaspoons of sugar. That's a lot of sweet before 9am!
For those looking for the most bang for their buck – The easiest way to reduce your added sugar intake is to skip the beverage aisle in the supermarket altogether.