What’s all this talk about high-fructose corn syrup?

Is it okay in moderation?

High-fructose corn syrup is a highly processed liquid sweetener made from corn. It is used in many processed foods because it costs less than sugar. Just like sugar, when eaten in modest amounts high-fructose corn syrup is not unhealthy. However, it’s been making news recently because of the quantities found in food and drinks, and the sheer number of common grocery store items containing it – items you wouldn’t necessarily think it would be in, like bread, yogurt, ketchup and more.

Research suggests that high-fructose corn syrup may contribute to increased weight, abdominal fat and triglyceride levels in the blood more rapidly than sugar. Be sure to check all food labels if you want to keep an eye on how much corn syrup you’re consuming.

Tilapia caprese

  • 4 4-ounce tilapia fillets
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 3 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 4 fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • 1 large tomato, chopped
  • 1 cup white wine

Preheat a grill on medium-high heat. Place the tilapia fillets side by side on a large piece of aluminum foil with ends bent up so that seasonings and liquid cannot leak out. Season each fillet with salt and pepper. Place 1 tablespoon of butter on top of each piece of fish, and sprinkle each with garlic, basil and tomato. Pour the wine over everything. Fold foil up around fish, and seal into a packet. Place packet on a cookie sheet for ease in taking it to and from the grill. Place foil packet on the preheated grill, and cook for 15 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork. Open the packet carefully so as not to get burned from the steam. The fish is delicious served with rice.

If you prefer to use an oven instead of a grill, bake the fish in the foil packet at 375 degrees.

Nutrition information: 4 servings; 257 calories; 14g fat; 24g protein; 3g carbohydrates


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