Replacing High Fructose Corn Syrup with Sugar: Big Deal.

It no longer matters whether it’s actually true that high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is toxic to our livers, full of mercury, or to blame for exploding obesity rates.

The tales that have been told about HFCS have become so pervasive that it’s beginning to hurt sales.  Say no more! Manufacturers are now switching back to cane sugar–and using it as a marketing ploy.  “Sweetened with real cane sugar!” the packages proclaim.

Sugar is now a healthy ingredient. How Orwellian.

So, what have consumers gained? Well, many feel that products sweetened with sugar taste better. But are they healthier? In my opinion, no.

If we continue to over-consume highly sweetened foods and beverages, we will likely continue to see massive rates of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.  Switching to foods and beverages sweetened with cane sugar rather than high fructose corn syrup is unlikely to have any measurable impact on public health–except perhaps indirectly.

Switching back to sugar will drive the price of these foods and beverages up. Maybe cost pressures will help shrink the ridiculously over-sized package and serving sizes. The only way anyone benefits from eating cane sugar instead of HFCS is by eating less of it.

See also “Scientists see little benefit in scramble to swap processed sweeteners for natural ones” in today’s Chicago Tribune.

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