As I mentioned the other day, over the summer I taped a segment about sweeteners and healthy diets for The Balancing Act. Here are some of the key points I made during the segment:
- When people ask me how they can eat more healthfully, I tell them to focus on three things – variety, moderation, and balance. You can read more about these basic principles here.
- High fructose corn syrup is nutritionally equivalent to table sugar. The two sweeteners have the same number of calories per gram and are equal in sweetness. It’s a misconception that HFCS is high in fructose.
- Obesity is a complex issue and its rise over the past 35 years is a result of multiple factors – genetics, increased daily calorie intake, lack of physical activity. No single food or ingredient can be blamed for weight gain.
- Parents, teachers, and other caregivers need to role model healthy eating habits and behaviors for children.
- Children can enjoy sweets in moderation and as part of a balanced diet. There are many nutrient-rich foods with added sweeteners, including flavored milk, high fiber cereals, and crackers. And of course seasonal fresh fruit is a great snack option for children craving something sweet.
If you missed the show, you can watch it here:
Disclaimer: I am a consultant to the Corn Refiners Association (CRA); however, all statements and opinions are my own.