Monday, March 22, 2010

Dueling Evils: The Final Struggle

Has HFCS been defeated? Princeton researchers have found that HFCS results in weight gain and obesigenic characteristics. Unlike the previous studies funded by PepsiCo and the USDA, they compared low levels of HFCS and table sugar. This makes sense because while HFCS is biochemically similar to sugar, it is chemically different. HFCS lacks the glycosidic linkage which means that it is not a disaccharide (like sugar), but two monosaccharides (glucose and fructose). This recent evidence reveals that while no refined sugar is good for you, HFCS appears to be significantly worse.

The princeton study was the first of its kind as a long-term, well-planned, and unbiased study. Currently, a UCDavis research team is conducting similar research. I can't wait for their results.

Which sweetener would I choose if I could not just say no. I do not have a solid answer why, yet, but I would never choose HFCS. Earlier I posted that HFCS is not the new transfat; however, I have always been inclined to believe that it is worse than sugar. If you can, avoid them both. It looks like I'm not alone in this opinion.

See you in the water aisle.

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