Posted by: Kevin | March 25, 2010

Interesting

From Princeton’s website:

A Princeton University research team has demonstrated that all sweeteners are not equal when it comes to weight gain: Rats with access to high-fructose corn syrup gained significantly more weight than those with access to table sugar, even when their overall caloric intake was the same.

Let’s just say that I’ve always been kinda suspicious of high-fructose corn syrup since it’s added to nearly everything we eat.  The US literally makes more corn than it knows what to do with, so we’ve been refining large amounts of it into high-fructose corn syrup and using it as a food additive and sweetener.  It’s cheap and abundant.  It’s also doesn’t taste as good as other sweeteners (don’t believe me, order a coke in some other country) but what can you do?

I can’t claim any scientific reason behind my distrust.  It’s just a long held belief of mine that any overly refined stuff or cheap substitutes added to food is a bad thing.  My other problem with corn syrup (and corn in general) is that it’s the least nutritious of our major crops.  Corn has much less protein and fiber than wheat/barley/etc.  So it’s good to see my poorly thought out suspicions proven right for once.

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