Many people are starting to turn to sugar rather than high-fructose corn syrup because sugar isn't as processed. As more people are trying to keep their food intake as unprocessed as possible, this seems to make sense.
It’s important to keep in mind, however, that the best form of sugar will be the natural sugars found in fruits and vegetables, which also supply antioxidants as well as fiber. A high intake of either sugar or fructose can potentially lead to issues such as diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, and Alzheimer’s disease.
Minimizing the damage from consumption When it comes to choosing which sweetener you should be using, you’re going to face some trade-offs. Do you want to control blood sugar levels? Or are you trying to prevent feeling drained come 2 p.m. after you’ve downed your lunchtime sugar-laden coffee?
Either way you look at it, both of these sweeteners are providing excess calories to the body, and when these calories are not burned, they are going to be stored as body fat. Additional body fat puts you at risk for a whole number of diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, and osteoporosis.
You’re always going to be best off to try and remove both sweeteners from your diet and instead focus on complex sources of carbohydrates such as vegetables, potatoes, whole grains, and brown rice, along with the natural sugars found in fruit. These will give you well-rounded nutrition without all the excess calories.
If you must have sweeteners in your diet, try to eat them around your workout, as this is when they will be used up by the muscle tissues, decreasing the negative impact on your body.
A sweet deal?
Just because sugar’s reputation is being burnished, don’t be too quick to start adding sugar into your diet thinking it’s somehow good for you. Regardless of whether high-fructose corn syrup is worse than sugar, there are still far superior forms of carbohydrates out there to be putting into your body, such as oatmeal, whole grain breads, brown rice, sweet potatoes, fruits, and vegetables.