By: K. Aleisha Fetters
GettyEven if you kicked your soda can habit years ago, chances are you're still getting more than your fair share of high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS). After all, it can be found in everything from fruit-on-the-bottom yogurt to many whole wheat breads. Last year alone the average American consumed 27 pounds of the sweet stuff, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. That's down from the 37.5 pounds we averaged back in 1999, but unfortunately as we've "scaled back," we've made up for those lost calories by eating more good ol' fashioned sugar.
So, in the end, does it really matter how we get our sugar fix?
What's Really Inside Sugar?
Table sugar (a.k.a. sucrose), which comes from refined sugar beets and sugarcane, contains 50 percent fructose and 50 percent glucose, both of which pack 16 calories per teaspoon. However, since fructose is sweeter than glucose, upping the fructose-to-glucose ratioRead More »from Health Myth: Is High-Fructose Corn Syrup Really Worse for You Than Sugar?