Is it really worse than regular sugar? I tried Pepsi with real sugar today and it tasted funny.
Oh, no. Brace yourselves.
Is this brought on by the recent Autism stuff? Just curious.
Fructose is bad, but HFCS isn't that much higher in fructose than cane sugar. The real problem is the huge increase in sugar consumption over the last decades. The increase in HFCS is icing on the cake.
Cut way down on the sugar overall, and cut down on processed foods. The latter will automatically reduce your HFCS consumption.
Simple as that.
Is there a link between HFCS and autism r2?
The main problem is in how it's manufactured. Corn doesn't give up its fructose easily, it's heavily processed and can become tainted during the lengthy processing.
Study Finds High-Fructose Corn Syrup Contains Mercury
MONDAY, Jan. 26 (HealthDay News) -- Almost half of tested samples of commercial high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) contained mercury, which was also found in nearly a third of 55 popular brand-name food and beverage products where HFCS is the first- or second-highest labeled ingredient, according to two new U.S. studies.
HFCS has replaced sugar as the sweetener in many beverages and foods such as breads, cereals, breakfast bars, lunch meats, yogurts, soups and condiments. On average, Americans consume about 12 teaspoons per day of HFCS, but teens and other high consumers can take in 80 percent more HFCS than average.
"Mercury is toxic in all its forms. Given how much high-fructose corn syrup is consumed by children, it could be a significant additional source of mercury never before considered. We are calling for immediate changes by industry and the [U.S. Food and Drug Administration] to help stop this avoidable mercury contamination of the food supply," the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy's Dr. David Wallinga, a co-author of both studies, said in a prepared statement.
I will say this: Those "retro" soft drinks (Pepsi, Mountain Dew) with the real cane sugar, they tasted funny to me as well. I think the problem though, is this: It is probably very low quality cane sugar. If they had used higher quality ingredients, it would taste fantastic.
There is a small boutique store in a nearby town that sells only small-batch, good quality sodas from a variety of smaller, regional mom & pop companies. Many of the sodas they sell are made with pure cane sugar, and you can tell the difference in the better quality. A soda used to be a refreshing, delightful drink that went down easily. Now, it's this weird corn syrup/fake flavor garbage, and the syrupy aspect stays in your mouth and coats your throat. This place I buy sodas from (once in a while, as a "treat", which is what they used to be back in the day, before people were guzzling it by the gallon every day) sells some incredible orange, cherry, and lemon-lime sodas.
the generic sodas at whole foods are made with cane sugar and I like them.
I feel, as far as sodas go, they're pretty natural.
Oh I don't know r5. I asked because there were just two threads about Autism and a lot of people in them said that it's caused by shitty foods so I was wondering if HFCS was maybe one of them and that's why this was started. I guess it has mercury according to r7 so maybe it is a link.
HFCS creates a greater rebound-hunger affect than does regular sugar, which means that consumption of it instructs your brain hormonally to tell you to keep eating. It makes you fat in two ways instead of just one!
The HFCS hysteria is so lame. Eat less sugar. Done.