Mercury content aside, is high fructose corn syrup worse than table sugar?
Which is worse, sugar or corn syrup? Three choices: the sugar, the corn syrup, or they’re both just as bad? Round and round it goes, where it stops maybe some of you knew. Equally bad.
Now that was kind of a trick question. Regular, baking corn syrup is pure glucose, zero fructose. There’s no “corn syrup” in soft drinks either. It’s all high-fructose corn syrup. Now some of you may have heard the rumor that high fructose corn syrup may contain mercury. Let’s assume for the purposes of this question, that there’s no mercury: pure sugar, versus pure high fructose corn syrup. Is sugar worse? Is high-fructose corn syrup worse? Or are they still both equally bad?
And the winning loser is… both of them. Table sugar is 50% glucose and 50% fructose; and high fructose corn syrup is about 45% glucose and 55% fructose—it doesn’t matter; it’s all just sugar.
The Corn Refiners Association launched a $25 million dollar PR campaign last year, boasting that high fructose corn syrup is as good for you as sugar. True, but again how much is really saying?
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