Saturday, March 21, 2009

The Natural

Sugar vs High-Fructose

From the Times:
Sugar, the nutritional pariah that dentists and dietitians have long reviled, is enjoying a second act, dressed up as a natural, healthful ingredient.

From the tomato sauce on a Pizza Hut pie called “The Natural,” to the just-released soda Pepsi Natural, some of the biggest players in the American food business have started, in the last few months, replacing high-fructose corn syrup with old-fashioned sugar.
But the truth of this is much more simple:
Most scientists do not share the perception. Though research is still under way, many nutrition and obesity experts say sugar and high-fructose corn syrup are equally bad in excess. But, as is often the case with competing food claims, the battle is as much about marketing as it is about science.
I used to think what many people do, that high fructose corn syrup is an evil ingredient that needed to be avoided but then I read Lyle McDonald's comprehensive research review of high-fructose corn syrup and learned that high-fructose was simply the latest of many fabricated enemies used to explain why many people are obese.


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