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Why is Everyone Ripping HFCS (High Fructose Corn Syrup)?

Posted on January 26, 2010

Right now in the United States more emphasis is being placed on health care than ever before. This seems to make a lot of sense since America has an increasingly notable weight problem. One ingredient that seems to be taking a lot of the blame is High Fructose Corn Syrup.

There is no evidence that HFCS is causing weight gain, but there is evidence linked to overconsumption of fast foods and sweetened drinks. HFCS may be used in those food items, but you can’t blame anyone but yourself for eating two double cheeseburgers and supersizing your value meal.

“This is a marketing issue, not a metabolic issue… The real issue is not High Fructose Corn Syrup, it’s that we’ve forgotten what a real serving size is. We have to eat less of everything.” David Klurfeld Ph.D., Human Nutrition USDA

Americans have evolved into an easy go life style, they have every right to eat as much and exercise as little as they like, but blaming HFCS is “scapegoat” when determining the cause of their health problems.

It’s seems like bashing High Fructose Corn Syrup is the trendy thing to do. Many columnist and bloggers have been taking their shots and filled their reader’s thoughts with outdated science and biased logic. Many of the studies used in these articles are flawed in that they used pure fructose when comparing to cane sugar. When in reality, HFCS is somewhere between 42-55% Fructose.

The American Medical Association stated that, “Because the composition of high fructose corn syrup and sucrose are so similar, particularly on absorption by the body, it appears unlikely that high fructose corn syrup contributes more to obesity or other conditions than sucrose.”

FACT: High Fructose Corn Syrup is fine in moderation, but overeating is unhealthy.

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