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Fat Rats Due to High Fructose Corn Syrup?

Posted on March 29, 2010

Twitter has been lit up all week with tweets about High Fructose Corn Syrup. A recent Princeton study released on Monday came with a headline saying HFCS causes rats to gain more weight than table sugar. So let’s dig a little deeper into the study.

The first study included 10 males in each group for total of 8 weeks. One group was fed HFCS with food for 12 hours a day and another was fed table sugar with food for 12 hours a day. This resulted in the HFCS group weighing more.

But a similar study had the sweeteners with food available 24 hours a day and ended with the table sugar group weighing more.

An additional study with an unknown number of female rats over a period of seven months also provided both sweeteners with food to different groups 12 hours per day resulted in the table sugar group weighing more.

A major problem with these studies is the excessive amounts of sweeteners given to the rats. Comparing it to human consumption would equal a single person drinking 20 12oz cans of pop per day.

So what do these studies tell us? Not much, but a catchy headline like, “High Fructose Corn Syrup’s Big Fat Secret” is all it takes for the Twittervesre to go crazy over something so popular to be against.

Here are some things to remember…

“Consumers should not be misled by exaggerated studies that feed astronomical amounts of one ingredient to the study subjects, in this case rats. The medical community has long dismissed results from rat dietary studies as being inapplicable to human beings,” stated Audrae Erickson, president, Corn Refiners Association.

“Consumers should rest assured that high fructose corn syrup is safe. The American Medical Association concluded that high fructose corn syrup does not appear to contribute more to obesity than sugar. The American Dietetic Association stated that these two sweeteners are indistinguishable to the human body and are metabolized equivalently,” Erickson noted.

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