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Is high-fructose corn syrup worse for you than sugar? Researchers at Princeton University think so. But the American Medical Association and most dietitians say no. AOL Health contributor and nutritionist Victoria Stein examines the issue.
Before we delve into the debate, let's review some basic chemistry. Sugar and HFCS share the same biochemistry. The main difference is that HFCS is manufactured from corn syrup (primarily glucose), which undergoes enzymatic processing to increase the fructose content and is then mixed with glucose. Pure sugar is also composed of glucose and fructose but in marginally different concentrations. Both are calorie dense (with about 16 per teaspoon) with no nutrients.
Thanks to corn subsidies, HFCS has become a cheap alternative to sugar and is often added to processed foods and soft drinks -- substances that offer little nutritional value and, when consumed in excess, contribute to weight gain. But whether HFCS has distinct adverse health effects is less obvious.
Originally posted by [davinci]
Unless perhaps it is a test to see if people will buy it over the more synthetic version widely available.
Originally posted by The Sword
It's certainly not "healthy" but it tastes good in moderation.
It's far from natural though. Pepsi did market a "natural" version without the phosphoric acid in it. Red Bull markets a cola that doesn't use phosphoric acid. It's not an energy drink though.
It was later named Pepsi Cola, possibly due to the digestive enzyme pepsin and kola nuts used in the recipe. Bradham sought to create a fountain drink that was delicious and would aid in digestion and boost energy
Originally posted by GoodDocGonzo
I'm down here in beautiful SandyEgo, California, and I see the Moutain Dew Throwback almost everywhere here. The Pepsi Throwback, not so much, but probably in over half of the gas stations/convenience stores. Very tasty stuff indeed.
Originally posted by verylowfrequency
Now if they could just sell it in a glass bottle instead of that crappy tasting aluminum cans.
The Dr. Pepper version is available in plastic bottles which still interferes with taste but not as bad as the cans.
I've been buying Thomas Kemper soda's because they are made with cane sugar and come in a glass bottle.
Coke sells those little glass bottles, but they are a bit expensive.