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High Fructose Corn Syrup Intake Averages (click image for larger viewing size).
There's been a lot of finger-pointing at the demonized high fructose corn syrup (H.F.C.S.) as of late; and, we think, for good reason.

But would you believe that corn syrup is just as harmful as sugar?

That's exactly what some experts are suggesting. Check out this tidbit from an April 13 New York Times Magazine piece:
Refined sugar (that is, sucrose) is made up of a molecule of the carbohydrate glucose, bonded to a molecule of the carbohydrate fructose — a 50-50 mixture of the two... High-fructose corn syrup, as it is most commonly consumed, is 55 percent fructose, and the remaining 45 percent is nearly all glucose. It was first marketed in the late 1970s and was created to be indistinguishable from refined sugar when used in soft drinks. Because each of these sugars ends up as glucose and fructose in our guts, our bodies react the same way to both, and the physiological effects are identical.
The article goes on to suggest that rather than the commonly held belief it's eating too much sugar that's so bad, sugar in and of itself is toxic. And consuming it the way we do is literally killing us.

Read the full article here. For high fructose corn syrup propaganda, click here.

Nicole Caldwell

Nicole Caldwell is a self-taught environmentalist, green-living savant and sustainability educator with more than a decade of professional writing experience. She is also the co-founder of Better Farm and president of betterArts. Nicole’s work has been featured in Mother Earth News, Reader’s Digest, Time Out New York, and many other publications. Her first book, Better: The Everyday Art of Sustainable Living, is due out this July through New Society Publishers.