If you were stranded on an island for 10 years and you could only take one of these with you, which would it be???
I think of it in those terms because aspartame gives me the worst headache and I know my hips and I are easily addicted to things with high fructose corn syrup. (Thanks, Julia, for the summer of homemade caramel!)
While the entirety of this message comes across a little preachy, I think the bottom line is fair: while processed and convenience foods seem to make things easier and quicker, simple homemade foods keep things- simple. Simply nutritious.