High Fructose Corn Syrup Myths, and Truths


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High Fructose Corn Syrup Myths, and Truths


Highfructose-1As obesity continues to take over the United States, it is time people woke up and realized the phoney advertising that is literally killing a huge segment of the population. Notice too, that this country started going down the obesity path when "Fat Free" and "Sugar Free" products are started to become popular marketing items back in the 1970's. The lies have continued to this day with no end in site. Here are a just a few of the examples of how manufacturers decieve Americans; these are a few of the names used instead of just saying a product is loaded with sugar: barley malt, beet sugar, buttered syrup, corn jucies crystals, caramel, carob syrup, corn syrup, dextran, dextrose, diatase, diastatic malt, ethyl maltol, fructose, fruit juice, fruit juice concentrate. You get the idea.

MYTH: Sugar is healthier than High Fructose Corn Syrup.

Reality Check) High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) is nearly identical in composition to table sugar. Both contain about 50% glucose and 50% fructose. Both have about the same amount of calories as most carbohydrates, and both have 4 calories/gram. Because they are compositionally so similar, the human body cannot distinguish between the two.

MYTH: High Fructose Corn Syrup is to blame for obesity and causes diabetes.

Reality Check) There is no scientific evidence to suggest that high fructose corn syrup is uniquely responsible for people becoming obese. The simple fact is; obesity results from an abnormal imbalance of calories consumed and calories burned. Interestingly, recent US Dept. of Agriculture data shows that HFCS consumption is actually on the decline, yet obesity and diabetes are still on the rise. Notable too is the fact that obesity rates are rising around the world including Mexico, Australia and Europe, even though HFCS usage outside the USA is limited. Around the world, HFCS accounts for about 8% of all caloric sweetners in use.

MYTH: HFCS is not natural.

Reality Check) HFCS is made from, obviously, corn; a natural grain product. HFCS contains no artificial or synthetic ingrediants or color additives and meets the Food and Drug Admin.'s requirements for us of the term "natural."

MYTH: HFCS is sweeter than sugar.

Reality Check) HFSC and sugar are nearly identical in sweetness as well as caloric content. That's why it is used in the first place; as a sugar substitute for products so that people will not notice any difference in taste.

Highfructose-2MYTH: HFCS is high in fructose.

Reality Check) Oddly, despite the name, HFCS is not high in fructose. It should be called "Half Fructose Corn Syrup" which is much more similar to sugar.

MYTH: HFCS is metabolized differently. It blocks the ability of the body to know when it is full.

Reality Check) A study published in the July 2007 issue of Am. J of Clinical Nutrition (AJCN) by Pablo Monsivais, et. al., at the U of Washington found that beverages sweetened with sugar, HFCS and 1% milk all have similar effects on feelings of fullness. Another study published in the AJCN by Stijn, et. al., from the Dept. of Human Bio at Maastricht Univ, The Netherlands, also found that beverages sweetened with sugar and HFCS, as well as milk, have similar effects on feelings of fullness. Two other big studies confirmed this view; one done at U of Toronto and the other at the U of Rhode Island.

Source: Sweet Surprise.com 2011.



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