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Corn syrup better than sugar?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 16, 2011 at 11:16 PM

I like to have my morning coffee slightly sweetened so I normally add a teaspoon of sugar. Now given all the negative info about fructose I wonder if corn syrup, which is basically glucose would be a better sweetener than sugar: sucrose is 50% fructose. I am talking about traditional corn syrup, not the more recent high fructose corn syrup (which has a similar share of fructose as is contained in sucrose). That traditional corn syrup being basically glucose does not contain fructose. Also I hate any artificial sweetener, and I do not like the way stevia tastes.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corn_syrup

Bb1ba0d71083ceaecd3a3b405a977454

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on January 17, 2012
at 07:47 PM

But it's not processed...at least, not by humans.

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on January 16, 2012
at 08:37 PM

honey contains as much fructose as HFCS, more than table sugar

88905cfc5bb098ad3830671a1af373a8

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on February 19, 2011
at 03:19 AM

no fructose in the corn syrup either (or very little, right? as opposed to HFCS).

5de2fffda92c0bf2be7ede10cad55546

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on February 18, 2011
at 02:02 PM

I second the xylitol, it's excellent. Mark Sisson did a bit on artificial sweeteners the other day at: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/artificial-sweeteners-insulin/ Or you could just learn to do without sweeteners. It's not hard..

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on February 17, 2011
at 11:10 AM

Those who can't drink coffee black either don't like coffee that much or need to choose better coffee.

Ac1e55cf06c2180f4008ff01953d10dd

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on February 17, 2011
at 03:17 AM

honey contains as much fructose as table sugar

Cab7e4ef73c5d7d7a77e1c3d7f5773a1

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on February 17, 2011
at 01:07 AM

Yes, go for the rice syrup. No fructose.

50637dfd7dc7a7e811d82283f4f5fd10

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on February 17, 2011
at 01:03 AM

My can of coconut milk says only 1g sugar for 1/4 cup. Plus it's non GMO. Would you not agree that is a better alternative?

07ca188c8dac3a17f629dd87198d2098

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on February 17, 2011
at 12:57 AM

I totally agree with Lori - maybe the coffee you're drinking isn't good coffee to begin with :) I used to love starbucks decaf so long as I loaded it up with either half-n-half or heavy cream, but couldn't stand it black. It's not good coffee ;-)

Ac1e55cf06c2180f4008ff01953d10dd

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on February 17, 2011
at 12:04 AM

thanks Dana I agree that coconut sugar is no solution for this issue!

Ac1e55cf06c2180f4008ff01953d10dd

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on February 17, 2011
at 12:03 AM

though I like coconut the fact is that the major component of coconut sugar is sucrose (70-79%) followed by glucose and fructose (3-9%) each. In other words by using it I end up having about the same share of fructose than I have with sucrose...

029aab8fc396841e668cd3ca820eb06d

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on February 16, 2011
at 11:57 PM

then try different types of coffee that you DO like and can drink it black. I, like you, was a "I can't drink it black" kind of person because the brand I was using left such a bad bitter aftertaste. So, I started experimenting until I found a coffee that is actually good black. I use a Keurig and buy Newman's Own, certified Organic, extra bold... YUM! Sugar is one of those deal breakers, you must avoid it.

Ac1e55cf06c2180f4008ff01953d10dd

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on February 16, 2011
at 11:50 PM

I have tried and the best I could handle is little sugar, but could never take it without sugar ...

1acc4ee9381d9a8d998b59915b3f997e

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on February 16, 2011
at 11:42 PM

That's what I did, too.

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1cbb6b2a813475d6c0b17fd5e898dc50

on February 16, 2011
at 11:40 PM

Why not train yourself to like...BLACK coffee! I did....it's not too hard. Just do it!....:)

Ac1e55cf06c2180f4008ff01953d10dd

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on February 16, 2011
at 11:50 PM

I have tried and the best I could handle is little sugar, but could never take it without sugar ...

1acc4ee9381d9a8d998b59915b3f997e

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on February 16, 2011
at 11:42 PM

That's what I did, too.

07ca188c8dac3a17f629dd87198d2098

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on February 17, 2011
at 12:57 AM

I totally agree with Lori - maybe the coffee you're drinking isn't good coffee to begin with :) I used to love starbucks decaf so long as I loaded it up with either half-n-half or heavy cream, but couldn't stand it black. It's not good coffee ;-)

A912ff969107d3eda04ee78c683a6bc5

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on February 17, 2011
at 11:10 AM

Those who can't drink coffee black either don't like coffee that much or need to choose better coffee.

029aab8fc396841e668cd3ca820eb06d

(30)

on February 16, 2011
at 11:57 PM

then try different types of coffee that you DO like and can drink it black. I, like you, was a "I can't drink it black" kind of person because the brand I was using left such a bad bitter aftertaste. So, I started experimenting until I found a coffee that is actually good black. I use a Keurig and buy Newman's Own, certified Organic, extra bold... YUM! Sugar is one of those deal breakers, you must avoid it.

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on February 16, 2011
at 11:52 PM

Dextrose? It's powdered glucose.

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on February 16, 2011
at 11:35 PM

You could probably easily find some organic (and thus non-gmo) rice syrup.

Cab7e4ef73c5d7d7a77e1c3d7f5773a1

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on February 17, 2011
at 01:07 AM

Yes, go for the rice syrup. No fructose.

88905cfc5bb098ad3830671a1af373a8

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on February 19, 2011
at 03:19 AM

no fructose in the corn syrup either (or very little, right? as opposed to HFCS).

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5de2fffda92c0bf2be7ede10cad55546

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on February 18, 2011
at 02:09 PM

I don't get the answers suggesting he drink black coffee. The question was what sweetener to use not what whitener. I love my coffee with heavy cream, no sweetener of course.

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on February 16, 2011
at 11:39 PM

If it were me, how I'd proceed would depend on my health status and my overall diet. If I were totally healthy and had a good metabolism, and if I had enough choline sources in my diet (liver, eggs, etc.) and was meeting my full requirement of that, I'd go for either honey or maple syrup in my coffee (probably high-grade for the latter, whatever wouldn't make the coffee taste too maple-y), because we have some species experience with those over corn syrup.

I suppose though, if you just can't stand any artificial sweeteners (does that include things like xylitol?), regular corn syrup's better than table sugar. And it's certainly better than overdosing on fructose if you've got metabolic syndrome and/or fatty liver--but be sparing with it, just the same.

Hm, just remembered coconut sugar but what I'm finding isn't encouraging. Beware of a new trick the alt-sweetener crowd is playing on an unsuspecting public by differentiating between sucrose and fructose. Specifically, coconut sugar purveyors are claiming coconut sugar's safer than agave because it's mostly sucrose. Well, sucrose is half-and-half glucose and fructose, and this is on top of the extra 3 percent or so of fructose that's separate from the sucrose in coconut sugar. Whoops.

Ac1e55cf06c2180f4008ff01953d10dd

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on February 17, 2011
at 12:04 AM

thanks Dana I agree that coconut sugar is no solution for this issue!

5de2fffda92c0bf2be7ede10cad55546

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on February 18, 2011
at 02:02 PM

I second the xylitol, it's excellent. Mark Sisson did a bit on artificial sweeteners the other day at: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/artificial-sweeteners-insulin/ Or you could just learn to do without sweeteners. It's not hard..

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on February 17, 2011
at 10:34 AM

What about using some heavy cream instead of sugar ?

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on February 16, 2011
at 11:43 PM

Uggh to HFCS.

I agree w/ the black coffee comment. However, this is a delicious treat every so often, and is unambiguously paleo: http://paleograd.blogspot.com/2011/02/paleo-cappuccino.html

Also, have you looked into pure glucose/dextrose? It's sugar, and as such should be used sparingly, but it doesn't have the harmful effects on your liver that fructose does.

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Bb1ba0d71083ceaecd3a3b405a977454

on February 17, 2011
at 01:40 AM

Why not just a bit of honey? Or maple syrup?

Ac1e55cf06c2180f4008ff01953d10dd

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on February 17, 2011
at 03:17 AM

honey contains as much fructose as table sugar

1c67bc28f4e44bbb8770b86df0463df3

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on January 16, 2012
at 08:37 PM

honey contains as much fructose as HFCS, more than table sugar

Bb1ba0d71083ceaecd3a3b405a977454

(891)

on January 17, 2012
at 07:47 PM

But it's not processed...at least, not by humans.

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C53665c3f012fa1ede91033b08a8a6e7

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on February 17, 2011
at 12:56 AM

Make yourself a cheap "brevé" latte: 1/2 strong coffee, 1/2 grass-fed cream or half-and-half. You will not miss the sweetening at all. Order a "triple grande breve latte" at Starbucks. So damned good... and at $5.25 a day I really need to cut that out. I've even had them make me a latte with heavy cream, though I know the dairy products there are the cheapest industrial crap they can find.

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on February 17, 2011
at 12:24 AM

I can't stand coconut milk in my coffee (haven't tried almond milk yet) and I learned to drink mine black by making sure the coffee was a mild roast, freshly ground and made well. I also drink it at about half the strength I used to, which makes an enormous difference. For a real treat, I like an espresso flavoured with honey and cinnamon.

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on February 16, 2011
at 11:35 PM

I've used almond milk and coconut milk and now I found a brand that I don't mind drinking black ~ agree with the other's, avoid corn syrup. It's still sugar, so we should avoid it like the plague!

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on February 16, 2011
at 11:30 PM

Corn syrup is GMO. I agree with Todd on the alternatives. Others like Almond Milk too. My hubby likes xylitol.

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50637dfd7dc7a7e811d82283f4f5fd10

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on February 16, 2011
at 11:19 PM

Why not add some coconut milk, cream with cinnamon, cocoa powder?

I'd avoid the corn syrup for sure.

50637dfd7dc7a7e811d82283f4f5fd10

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on February 17, 2011
at 01:03 AM

My can of coconut milk says only 1g sugar for 1/4 cup. Plus it's non GMO. Would you not agree that is a better alternative?

Ac1e55cf06c2180f4008ff01953d10dd

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on February 17, 2011
at 12:03 AM

though I like coconut the fact is that the major component of coconut sugar is sucrose (70-79%) followed by glucose and fructose (3-9%) each. In other words by using it I end up having about the same share of fructose than I have with sucrose...

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