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High Fructose Corn Syrup is Not Special in the Sugar Debate

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“I don’t have the time, desire or the need to check every label to see if it contains this one little ingredient.”

High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) has become the latest target in the war against the obesity epidemic.  The very fact that it exists because it is a highly processed corn product makes it ripe for sensationalized headlines like “5 Reasons High Fructose Corn Syrup Will Kill You.”  The name of the product itself makes it sound ominous.  So what is the truth?  Will HFCS kill you and, perhaps, more importantly, is it really anymore dangerous than the thing that it commonly replaces, table sugar?  The short answer is, no.  It is almost exactly the same as regular sugar and is no more harmful than sugar when consumed in amounts that are within or below the recommended dietary guidelines.

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Does Local Honey Help Relieve Seasonal Allergies?

honey-3I know that its that time of year again when I walk outside and immediately start sneezing.  Spring is here in full force and so are my allergies.  Like most seasonal allergy sufferers, I take nasal spray corticosteroids and antihistamine tablets in order to remain in a somewhat functional state.  Honey is a popular natural and alternative remedy for allergies.  Its supposed to provide immunity against allergy causing pollens because the honey itself contains pollen.  Its thought that locally collected honey that is untreated and not pasteurized works best because it contains local pollen as well as enzymes from the bees that aren’t destroyed or lost by heating and filtering.   I’ve experimented with honey myself in an attempt to relieve my symptoms, from raw honey to royal jelly with no luck.  I’m still curious to see what the science has to say about the use of honey to treat allergies even though it doesn’t seem to work for me.

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