There has long been controversy about whether or not high fructose corn syrup is part of a healthy diet and whether or not it promotes weight gain. The controversy has recently reached a fever pitch as a group of sugar farmers and refiners sued corn processors and a lobbying group, claiming that the corn industry's ads that say high fructose corn syrup is the same as sugar is false advertising because sugar is not the same as high fructose corn syrup.
While we'll wait for these two groups to duke it out in court, there's no doubt that too much of the sweet stuff—in no matter what form—is taxing on the body and the waistline. Read on for five easy ways to cut your sugar intake!
5 Tips to Cut Your Sugar and High Fructose Corn Syrup Intake
1. Start reading labels. Knowledge is power, so start reading those nutritional facts! Once you start paying attention, you'll be amazed at how much sugar and high fructose corn syrup is in just about anything and everything.
2. Eat less processed food. From fast food to granola bars to soda, high fructose corn syrup and sugar is much easier to avoid when you eat clean, whole foods.
3. Go simple with coffee and tea. Unless you order your coffee or tea black or unsweetened, chances are that your order at Starbucks has some extra sugar in it. Instead of getting that pumpkin spice latte, try black coffee with a splash of skim milk and a sprinkling of cinnamon. It's cheaper, too!
4. Eat your fruit, don't drink it. Yes, fruit is healthy, but when it comes to cutting sugar, it's better to eat it than drink it. Eating your fruit no only fills you up faster, but also you'll never find yourself accidentally drinking something that looked healthy but actually only contained 23 percent fruit juice!
5. Make dessert a treat, not an everyday occasion. Dessert shouldn't be had after every meal you eat. Instead make dessert a special treat that you have just once or twice a week. If you really suffer from a sweet teeth, trying having a small piece of dark chocolate everyday or a piece of fruit as dessert.