In "Unexpected Honey Study Shows Woes of Nutrition Research," an article in the New York Times, author Aaron Carroll discusses why so we still have lingering questions about so many of the current claims about nutrition. Carroll discusses a study that contradicts a belief that many people currently have: that natural sweeteners like honey, agave nectar, or maple syrup are better for you than created sweeteners like high fructose corn syrup.
However, as Carroll points out, the study that caused the fuss had some methodical problems: for example, the study only involved 55 people, and only followed those people for 2 weeks. Is that enough data upon which to base large lifestyle changes? The article also includes links to similar articles Carroll has published on weight loss, healthy foods and exercise, all of which are interesting reads.
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Image Credit: Romain Behar, Sugars; clockwise from top left: White refined, unrefined, brown, unprocessed cane.