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Sugar: the latest godawful health scare

by | 14th, January 2013

IT has to be the Mail reporting this, doesn’t it? But here it is, the shocking news that UK cereals contain more sugar than US cereals .

Breakfast cereals sold in Britain contain as much as 30 per cent more sugar than the same products in the United States.

Cue wails, outrage, you must do more, you’re poisoning us you bastards etc.
All of which is really very silly indeed.
For the Americans are balming their obesity epidemic on something called high fructose corn syrup, HFCS. This is a sugar (yes, there are many types of sugar) made from boiling up corn, or maize. They have huge import duties on regular sugar so all of the food manufacturers over there use HFCS instead of regular sugar. And it’s exactly this HFCS that is being blamed for making people fat.
Not that you really want to believe these stories, but apparently we digest it differently and this makes us fat. Quite why this would be so when the fructose is the same sugar we get in fruit is unexplained: fruit is good for us, the same sugar not in fruit isn’t.
Over here in Europe we don’t really

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