In case you think table sugar is safer than high fructose corn syrup, and juice is better that soda . . .
Here’s a recent interview with Dr. Richard Johnson, research professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Colorado, and author of The Sugar Fix.
Richard Johnson, do you really think sugar may be killing us?
The phrase sugar is killing you is kind of an intense statement. I don’t know that I would say that. But I do think we can say that excessive intake of sugar may be involved in this big epidemic of obesity and diabetes that we’re seeing.
Are you concerned about every kind of sugar or one special kind?
What we’re really concerned about is fructose. It’s a monosaccharide, or a simple sugar.Fructose is present, though, in two major sweeteners that are currently available. One is sucrose, or table sugar, and table sugar consists of one molecule of fructose and one molecule of glucose bound together, in what is called a disaccharide. And then there’s high fructose corn syrup which is usually 55% fructose and 45% glucose.
High fructose corn syrup is in everything.
It’s not in everything, but it’s in a lot of things. It’s amazing if you walk down a grocery aisle, and actually look at the products, how commonly high fructose corn syrup is present. Because it’s a liquid and it can be mixed at small concentrations easily, and it has a long shelf life, and it has the ability to sweeten food just a little bit, so it’s more attractive to the taste.
Read the rest of the interview here: http://www.meandmydiabetes.com/2011/01/05/richard-johnson-the-sugar-fixcha/