What’s the skinny on sugar and artificial sweeteners? Dr. Daniel Monti, The Ellen and Ron Caplan Director of the Myrna Brind Center of Integrative Medicine at Jefferson, recently participated in an ABC News Tweet Chat moderated by Dr. Richard Besser on the topic. Here are the highlights:
- There is a direct correlation between sugar consumption, obesity and diabetes.
- Not all sugars are created equal (pardon the pun); some, like high fructose corn syrup, are more lethal than others.
- Fructose and glucose are natural to foods, whereas high fructose corn syrup is not.
- Preliminary data shows high fructose corn syrup increases certain cancer risks, and is a worse culprit for diabetes than table sugar.
- Checking food labels is very important: No one food item should contain more than 10 grams of added sugar.
- For those who like to have sweetened beverages, aim for a maximum of one, 8oz. sugar-sweetened drink per day, but make a goal to take that number to zero.
- Stevia is a good sugar alternative.