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High Fructose Corn Syrup vs. Sugar…….A Pointless Debate?

The lines are drawn and the Internet is turbulent over the dabate over sugar and high fructose corn syrup.

Some say the two are the same and that the body can’t tell the difference between the two.

Some say that sugar is natural and easy on the body while high fructose corn syrup is the devil incarnate and should be avoided like the plague.

And then others will say that both are evil and anyone who so much as looks at anything with sugar in it is a weak human being who is hopelessly addicted and should seek help.

I for one don’t take either of these stances. Largely because I don’t think we need any of them.

Take for example a can of soda. Do we really need to debate over soda made with sugar vs a soda made with HFCS?

I mean, it is a soda after all here people. It’s not like it’s going to be healthy choice with either option. It’s also not like we need to be told any new nutritional research to figure out that drinking a case of soda a day is probably not the best thing to do.

My point is that using neither sugar nor corn syrup should change  how we consume these foods in a healthy diet. The foods that contain either are still treats and sweets. 

Ive long considered the most basic elements of healthy eating to be the simplest stuff you learned back while watching Sesemea Street. Eat your fruits and veggies, don’t eat too many sweets or candy and don’t eat too much over all.

Sticking to basic rules like this make debates like sugar vs HFCS irrelevant.
This also makes most dietary theories like the glycemic index, ph balance and other’s complete moot points.  If we throw out all of the doomsday marketing and hype we are left with some pretty bland, but simple and effective dietary strategies.

So, corn syrup or sugar? Whole grains vs refined grains? Red vs white meat?

I say who cares, because when we start focusing on diet rather than nutrition it all becomes a silly and largely pointless debate.

 

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