in Carmel Valley writes: "I have a question regarding the
Nutrition Facts label on Minute Maid Light Lemonade. I consume
this drink on a regular basis and several friends do as well.
label touts the fact that one serving is only 15 calories, 100
percent Daily Value Vitamin C and only 2 grams of sugar. All
sounds pretty good to me. I have noticed that the label also
discloses High Fructose Corn Syrup, which I have read is to be
generally avoided. Would the 2 grams of sugar content on the
label include the corn syrup or would it be 2 grams plus the
corn syrup? I hope the former, because this is good stuff in
2 grams of sugar listed on the label for one serving of this
product includes high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), a sweetener
made from corn. (Two grams, by the way, is less than a half
usual corn syrup which is mostly glucose, the HFCS used in
this beverage is about half glucose and half fructose,
according to the company website. Regular table sugar or
sucrose, is also half glucose and half fructose; therefore,
both types of sugars are digested similarly.
about HFCS arose when studies found that large amounts of
fructose (in the absence of glucose) interfered with the bodyís
ability to metabolize fats. This doesnít usually happen
outside of the laboratory, however. And remember that fructose
is the main sugar in fruit, honey, agave syrup and other sweet
foods that we adore. What we generally need to avoid, say
health experts, are high amounts of any type of added sugar.
Your light lemonade is one way to do that.
in Albany, Oregon wrote this after reading my recent column
about the value of water: "I wanted to let you know about
a free iPhone and Apple Watch app I made that helps people
remember to drink water. Itís a little unconventional, but
it has lots of happy users. Itís called "Pee &
may sound like a joke, but itís not. Tap a button every time
you go to the bathroom, and then get a notification reminding
you to drink water if itís been 3 hours since you peed.
can watch a 39 second video of me describing the app at
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oT4-x17MnPM. And thereís a
funny parody about the app at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xyerzMSIh20.
of Pee & See
John, you certainly have the first name to develop this type
of app! And I got a chuckle out of your youtube videos. Thanks
for passing this onÖ