Did you know that the average person in the US consumes about 142 pounds a year of sugar, most of which is high fructose corn syrup? So how bad could high fructose corn syrup really be? Here are our top 4 reasons.
- High fructose corn syrup has been linked to many different health issues, and research shows that contaminants, including high levels of mercury, are often present in your food or drink.
- High fructose corn syrup has little to no nutritional value and a large number of empty calories, so while you might feel full, your body is still craving nutrients.
- The products most people rely on to lose weight are often the ones highest in fructose, making it harder for people to lose weight, especially in a healthy way.
- Sugar isn’t just sugar. When you eat 120 calories of glucose, less than one calorie is stored as fat, but when you consume 120 calories of fructose, it leads to 40 calories being stored as fat. That’s basically like consuming fat!
Some people suggest using artificial sweeteners or agave syrup as alternatives to high fructose corn syrup, but in the long run, they can be even more damaging to your health than fructose. On the other hand, raw cane sugar only has 15 to 20 calories per teaspoon, and contains a large amount of the original vitamins and nutrients found in sugar cane.
High fructose corn syrup is far from natural and neither are its alternatives, and our bodies deserve better. That’s why Long Island Iced tea only uses 100% Raw Cane Sugar in our iced teas, because we believe in smarter beverage choices that still taste great, without the potential damaging health effects.
So the next time you’re reaching for your favorite sugary drink, consider what heathier alternate option are available and pick yourself up a nice cold and refreshing Long Island Iced Tea.