Tuesday, September 21, 2010

A little thought about corn syrup

I thought this summary of corn syrup and diet from Maggie Koerth-Baker (of Boing Boing) was extremely interesting. Her main points are: It's a sweetener, not the devil, and its main impact comes from its cheapness allowing producers to put it in a lot of our food. Hence we need to be reducing our sugar intake, not freaking out about corn syrup. Check it out for a cogent summary and links to more detail.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous11:33 AM

    I agree that the primary problem is sugar, not HFCS in general, though I do believe that the power of the corn lobby, made possible in part by the prevalence of HFCS, leads us to really poor choices such as subsidizing corn-based ethanol as an alternative fuel, which is very inefficient.

    I don't drink soda and the fruit juice I drink is sweetened without HFCS and I still think I drink too much of it. So I'm trying to switch to tap water flavored with lemon or lime extract, no sweetener.