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HFCS is NOT "evil" and does not need to be avoided.

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Misconceptions about high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) abound in the scientific literature, the advice of health professionals to their patients, media reporting, product advertising, and the irrational behavior of consumers. Foremost among these is the misconception that HFCS has a unique and substantive responsibility for the current obesity crisis.
Inaccurate information from ostensibly reliable sources and selective presentation of research data gathered under extreme experimental conditions, representing neither the human diet nor HFCS, have misled the uninformed and created an atmosphere of distrust and avoidance for what, by all rights, should be considered a safe and innocuous sweetener. jn.nutrition.org/cgi/rap
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    HFCS is evil as far as I'm concerned...



    "One of principal arguments food corporations have used to defend high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is that it is chemically similar to table sugar.

    Manufacturers have stated repeatedly that HFCS contains at most 55 percent fructose, little different from white sugar's 50 percent fructose makeup.

    But as it turns out, the specific amount of fructose in HFCS for any particular food product has never been officially tested. And when researchers tested brand-name sodas, they found that the fructose content is actually 65 percent.

    According to Grist:

    "Why is this important?

    It's because research has shown fructose to be particularly harmful to human health. Unlike excess glucose, which passes through our digestive tract and is excreted, 100 percent of fructose that's consumed is taken up by the liver. Once there, fructose causes increased fat deposition in the abdominal cavity and increased blood levels of triglycerides -- both of which are risk factors for heart disease and diabetes.""

    3293 days ago
    I avoid it due to the high prevalence of GMO corn.
    I really really dislike GMOs (and their horrible demi-god, Monsanto) for a variety of reasons and would rather not purchase or consume products that contain them. Hence, I always buy organic soy, corn and canola since those are the big three GM products.
    4357 days ago
    Everything about it sounds natural to me. Its made from corn. I suppose it is linked to obesity just as all sugar is linked to obesity.
    4357 days ago
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