HFCS/corn syrup is chemically virtually the same as beet sugar, cane sugar or any other fructose-glucose disaccharide. (In fact, some forms of HFCS can have lower amounts of fructose than table sugar made from beets or cane.) I wish NCL would have done a more responsible job of reporting instead of engaging in this gross irresponsibility of spreading deliberate misinformation and hysteria and perpetuating ignorance. If you want people to eat better, you have to start from a platform of truth and accuracy. Is a high-refined sugar diet good? No. Is it poison? No more than the overindulging in any other single calorie source—if you ate nothing but blackberries every day of your life you might not get cancer but you'd get kwashiorkor which is not any better of an option. Vegetarianism = good. Misleading through willful or unintended ignorance = bad!
I've been asked to clarify one point: I was leaving aside the GMO corn aspect entirely and speaking strictly on the chemistry of sugar. Saying HFCS is metabolically worse for you than table sugar is like saying being hit by a 9,000 kg London bus with Michelin tyres is worse for you than getting hit by a 20,000 lb. Manhattan bus with Goodyear tires.
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