How much do we love sugar? The amount may surprise you – the average American eat about 3,550 pounds of sugar and 313 gallons of high fructose corn syrup in a lifetime. And according to Dr. Robert Lustig, UCSF expert on pediatric hormone disorders and childhood obesity, it’s killing us…
The Sweet Healthy Maple Treat
You can’t use it in everything, unless your friends absolutely love brown frosting. But when possible, you might consider real maple syrup as a sugar or corn syrup substitute. It actually loads in a lot of good stuff with the calories.
Some benefits of maple syrup were previously known, but University of Rhode Island researcher Navindra Seeram found new anti-oxidant compounds in maple syrup samples taken from Canadian trees. They’re present in the sap alone, but in more beneficial amounts when a dozen or more gallons of sap are boiled down to make a gallon of syrup:
Sugar vs. HFCS
High-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) has been a whipping boy of late for its heavily processed origins (prompting a campaign about how natural it is), but it’s much worse than that: Princeton researchers find that HFCS has a significant tie to obesity.
You can find HFCS as a sugar substitute in nearly everything sweet and junk foody—partially because it’s cheaper than sugar due to corn subsidies. Unfortunately it’s also much more likely to make you—or at least lab rats—fat:
A Princeton University research team has demonstrated that all sweeteners are not equal when it comes to weight gain: Rats with access to high-fructose corn syrup gained significantly more weight than those with access to table sugar, even when their overall caloric intake was the same…
Diets high in fructose — a type of sugar found in most processed foods and beverages — impaired the spatial memory of adult rats.
Researchers at Georgia State University have found that diets high in fructose — a type of sugar found in most processed foods and beverages — impaired the spatial memory of adult rats.