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Study Finds Sweeteners Are Equally Bad For You

A USDA study - partially funded by the honey industry - found no significant health differences between consuming honey, corn syrup or refined sugar.

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A study conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture found that key health effects of three sweeteners were pretty much the same.

Volunteers in the study were fed honey, sucrose and high-fructose corn syrup each over a two-week period in random order.

Half of the participants had some glucose intolerance.

The study, which was partially funded by the National Honey Board, found that all of the sweeteners had the same effect on blood sugar levels and on triglyceride, an indicator for heart disease risk.

White table sugar is about half glucose and half fructose. Honey is about 30 percent glucose and 40 percent fructose – the rest is water. Corn syrup is either 42 or 55 percent fructose, with glucose making up the remainder.

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Chad Bouchard

Chad Bouchard is a veteran reporter and WFIU alum who has covered wild and wooly beats from Indonesia to Capitol Hill. His radio work has aired on NPR, PRI and Voice of America, and his writing has appeared in The Sunday Telegraph and Scientific American’s health magazine, Lives. He has also spent a lifetime gardening, foraging and eating weird stuff.

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