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As a registered dietitian and consultant to the food and beverage industry, I continue to be puzzled about the amount of alarmist misinformation on the Internet about high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS).
Successful weight management IS NOT about eliminating certain foods or beverages, since calories come from many sources. A 12oz can of soda has about the same amount of calories and carbohydrates as 12oz of apple juice. HFCS has been studied extensively and is a safe source of sugar. In fact, . HFCS is a combination of fructose and glucose, two very normal and identifiable substances to the body. Any negative side affects are actually linked to excessively high intakes of pure fructose in amounts not found in foods or beverages sweetened with HFCS.
As consumers, we have to take responsibility for the amount and variety of calories we take in. We must start including more fresh food in our diets and stop relying so much on packaged food items. Successful weight management IS, instead, about balancing the amount of calories we take in vs. the amount we burn. With moderation and exercise, any food or beverage can be part of a sensible diet.

December 3, 2009 - 1:53pm


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