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6 biggest lies about food busted

By Nicci Micco, September 16, 2010 - 11:06am

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Nicci asks: What food myth are you sick of hearing people defend?

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I work with an organic jam producer and I reached to our resident scientist requesting his take on myth #2. Here is his response:

Chemically speaking, the claim that HFSC is identical to Sucrose is dead wrong. HFCS is a MIXTURE of separate molecules of fructose and glucose (monosacharrides). Sucrose is a so-called disaccharide - meaning that 1 molecule of sucrose is built from one glucose and one fructose molecule FUSED TOGETHER into 1 sucrose molecule. HFCS is available in varying mixtures of fructose and glucose ranging from about 45% fructose to up to 90% fructose. The blends are produced according to the sweetness level desired by the manufacturer - more fructose = sweeter taste per gram.

HFCS is made from corn starch, it is not made from corn juice in the way in which cane sugar is made. As such, it is not a naturally occurring sugar from corn - it is highly manufactured using various enzymatic processes.

I do not agree with the term "Corn Sugar" as it would not convey the true identity of the sugar. The term "Cane Sugar" makes sense for...well...CANE sugar. The term "Corn Sugar" does not make sense for HFCS.

HFCS has a bad reputation since it is used as a sweetener in soft drinks and many other sweet, conventional products. In addition, it is mainly made from GMO corn. As far as being "unhealthy" is concerned, I do not believe that any commonly consumed sugars are unhealthy in their own right - it is how much of them you consume relative to your diet, health and lifestyle that may be unheathly.

Anonymous

09/16/2010 - 4:22pm

My sister insists that anything cooked with onions should be eaten the same day, otherwise it will go off (either refrigerated or frozen). I often freeze spaghetti sauce, soups, etc., which naturally have onions, and she refuses to eat any of it because it's more than a day old. It drives me insane.....

Anonymous

09/16/2010 - 4:31pm

I don't agree that sugar and HFCS are nutritionally comparable aside from a calorific and taste standpoint. Jury is still out if HFCS is equal to sucrose.

Anonymous

09/16/2010 - 5:35pm

Fish...First we hear that FISH is good for you, good for your brain cells, good for our heart. Then we hear that fish is bad for you because the waters are too polluted to eat it. Farm raised over ocean fish? Farm raised is fed chemicals versus fresh water fish (pacific or atlantic) is better. I just wish someone would get it right and stick to it!

Anonymous

09/16/2010 - 10:46pm

You MUST eat dairy to get calcium.
- Dairy doesn't contain magnesium, which is required for your body to absorb calcium
- A significant portion of the population cannot digest dairy products, which means that when this portion of the population eats dairy, they make themselves ill and sometimes overweight.
- Homogeonized and pasteurized dairy products are difficult for the body to digest anyway as these processes interfere badly with the chemical structure of the food.
Sharon

Anonymous

09/17/2010 - 8:51am

That evaporated cane juice is better for you than processed sugar. Or that honey is better than table sugar. It's not just about HFCS.

Anonymous

09/22/2010 - 1:55pm

The assertions in the article regarding high fructose corn syrup may very well be true. However, it is not the calorie content of HFCS nor how much it is or isn't like table sugar that concerns me. It is the fact that it is a completely unnatural food that our bodies were not designed to handle in large amounts. From what I understand the main problem is that unlike glucose, fructose cannot be used by the muscle to refill glycogen. It is processed by the liver where it is converted to saturated fats and colesterol, thus disrupting the LDL/HDL ratio by significantly increasing LDL.

It is also much sweeter than sugar by weight, and is a powerful appetite stimulant - two pretty dangerous attributes for obesity.

Eating "Well" magazine isn't owned by Monsanto is it? If not they probably funded the study you are basing your facts on....they wish it was a "myth".

Anonymous

09/26/2010 - 2:32pm

GET your facts right! Here are some studies on high fructose corn syrup. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High-fructose_corn_syrup#Health_effects
The only studies that say it is not harmful were funded by a special interests group.

Anonymous

09/26/2010 - 2:48pm

Your own article from January 2009 indicated that over 50% of foods containing HFCS had detectable levels of mercury and that including HFCS in the diet would increase our risk of exposure to mercury, though there were manufacturers that operated in a mercury-free environment. Why are you ignoring this risk now?

Anonymous

09/26/2010 - 5:47pm

Your own article from January 2009 indicated that over 50% of foods containing HFCS had detectable levels of mercury and that including HFCS in the diet would increase our risk of exposure to mercury, though there were manufacturers that operated in a mercury-free environment. Why are you ignoring this risk now?

Anonymous

09/26/2010 - 5:49pm

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