Monday, May 18, 2009

Quick Hit: High Fructose Corn Syrup vs Sugar

I had always believed that High Fructose Corn Syrup and cane sugar were basically the same on a molecular level.

I don't regularly drink soda or other artificially sweetened beverages. When I do, I prefer sugar sweetened soda. I think that it is not as thick or heavy as HFCS sweetened soda.

I found out from a friend that the HFCS sweetened beverages actually raise the blood sugar level much faster in her diabetic son than cane sugar sweetened beverages. She's done the comparisons with the Passover Coke vs. regular Coke and the throwback Pepsi products. She is able to monitor the effects of the beverages with his blood monitor.

I wonder if there are more conclusive studies that highlight the differences between HFCS sweetened foods and those that are sweetened with sugar. There may be something to the theorists who believe that HFCS has a big role in the recent obesity and diabetes epidemics.

1 comment:

Katy said...

there are also some other natural sweeteners out there, such as brown rice syrup and agave nectar (which i saw at cub this week.)