There’s been a lot of hype lately about a study at Princeton that found a link between high-fructose corn syrup and obesity.

This type of corn syrup is found in soft drinks and some fast foods. The study was done in rats and it found that those who drank water plus this corn syrup gained more belly fat than those who drank a mixture containing table sugar. Previous studies have found links between high-fructose corn syrup and a rise in triglycerides and fatty liver disease.

It’s definitely a good idea to cut down your consumption of soft drinks. But let’s not miss the point. If you’re having a large triple thick milkshake with your lunch instead of a soft drink, you may be avoiding man-made sugar while still getting more than 1,000 calories and 17 g of saturated fat.

The best advice if you need to quench your thirst is to go for water or pure organic fruit juice.

For that sweet craving, reach for a piece of fruit or a few squares of dark chocolate, which may have some health benefits.