Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Are All Sugars the Same?

Paradise Greetings,

Last week on the Regis and Kelly show, Anderson Cooper filled in for Regis. He and Kelly were talking about his recent decision to cut out sugar. Kelly asked him what he eats for breakfast and he proudly said he eats Special K cereal.

The fact is that Special K contains high fructose corn syrup, the highly processed sugar. When I mentioned this during a guest appearance on WPSL, the show's producer said it might well have been a product placement subliminally advertising Special K.

Call me naive. What about the truth? The truth is that high fructose corn syrup is one of the fuels for America's obesity epidemic. High fructose corn syrup is not the same as fructose, the sugar in plain ole fruit.

High fructose corn syrup may contribute to cancers (see my article at It contributes to weight gain. It is often stored around your waist. It is one of the hidden ingredients fueling America's childhood obesity crisis.

ALL SUGARS ARE NOT THE SAME. High fructose corn syrup, an ingredient found in Special K cereal, should be eliminated from what we eat. Let's get it right and tell the truth about what is really in Special K. Anderson, I have a simple question: were you advertising a product or just uninformed?

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To your perfect health!

Nancy Heinrich
Founder, Growing Healthy Kids