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Why the new study on high-fructose corn syrup and weight gain is flawed

By Nicci Micco, March 26, 2010 - 12:04pm

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Nicci asks: Do you avoid high-fructose corn syrup?


As much as possible! We don't even want white table sugar any more either, so we have about 4 different types of "sugar" from the health food store to try and replace refined sugar wherever we can. We also try and cut back on the amount used in baking and I have stopped using it in my coffee altogether.
If we saw "high -fructose corn syrup" on a label now we wouldn't buy it, but refined white sugar is just as bad.


07/23/2014 - 2:26pm

I think the whole mess with that said, our concern over how to achieve a healthy diet gets more complicated everyday. Manufactured synthetic fake stuff bothers me. Chemicals with names that I cannot pronounce bother me especially when I find them in the food I eat. Why does this HFCS find its way into so many foods? Could it possibly be addicting? Processing techniques do or don't remove essential vitamins from their source? Why is child obesity on the rampage along with diabetes and other degenerative diseases? Buyer beware is all I can say. I have always said the closer to god/nature the food is the better, please pass me the banana.


06/02/2013 - 10:49am

It's not news that Americans eat more sugar than the should. I mean it's not as if we're not aware that we're #1 in oistbey but infographics like this are less meaningful when you don't look at our overall consumption of food. More disgusting is that the bottom 4/5ths of that dumpster is a sloshing mess of corn syrup. That dumpster of sugar would be parked behind an apartment tenement made of chicken pork and beef. I'd be much more interested in how many dumpsters we fill of ingredients that don't occur in nature, red dye, preservatives, artificial flavoring, MSG, reconstituted food products.


01/15/2013 - 9:28am

Yes, I avoid HFCS. But actually, I avoid *sugar* and specifically, I avoid fructose.

I am not diabetic (I've been tested in the last year), but I have (in the past) had recurrent pancretitis. An ultrasound has revealed nothing. I am a 40 year old male, and have experienced this issue for the past 10 years (about 1-2 times per year).

Essentially what I have found (in the last 6 months) that if I avoid sugar (and HFCS is just sugar) I feel a WHOLE lot better. No pain, less reflux, fewer issues. I have lost (and kept off) an additional 7 pounds as a result as well. I don't avoid it like the plague, just no large pieces of cake, no alcohol, no juice, no donuts. All infused with sugar.

It's been very good so far. Hoping to not develop chronic pancretitis.


02/07/2012 - 8:03pm



11/13/2011 - 2:27am

No. I don't avoid it but I also have dropped most use of things that contain it. It is sugar, simply sugar. What makes it cause obesity is that it is cheap, so it make sweetened beverages cheap, so people drink more of them. If you drink six sodas or even "Sports" drink a day, you run up a huge calorie account on just beverages. If manufacturers used only cane or beet sugar, things would be just as sweet, probably taste better, have just as many calories and be a lot more expensive.


10/25/2010 - 10:33am

I'm hypoglycemic, so I read ALL labels and avoid as much sugar as I can. I've discoverd HGCS in almost everything, even loaves of bread, cans of soup, especially boxed cereals. I WON'T eat any of these items becasue I don't want to overwork my pancreas (isles of Langerhorn) and become a diabetic. I teach people about reading labels all the time, ex. Yoplait contains so much junk, they CAN'T call it yogurt anymore so they changed the name. It's unfortunate that it's such a BIG seller because it's JUNK. Read the label. Jiff, Peter Pan, all those junk peanut butters containing sugar & partially hydrogenized fat are also responsible for obesity. I teach parents to feed thier children REAL peanut butter. I could go on & on about the food industry & what it's doing to fool people these days. But, people need to take responsiblity and READ the labels on their food packages. Another really bad food additives are the sodium nitrates & nitrites. The amount of sodium people injest in this country is abominable. Heart disease waiting to happen. People need to get back to eating fresh & wholesome foods, NOT JUNK.


06/21/2010 - 10:53pm

It is almost impossible to eat any food that is pre-packaged and avoid HFCS. It is in EVERYTHING. It is unfortunate that we as a society no longer have the time to prepare all of our food from scratch. I think that pre packaged food in general is the cause of the obesity in America.


05/03/2010 - 7:25pm

I try hard to avoid foods made with HFCS-it simply can not be good for anyone in anyway. It is so hard to do because it is in so many foods, especially bread.....I have changed my bread brand to one that clamis no HFCS is used.

I think there are so mnay illnesses these days because our bodies are ingesting so many man-made chemical cocktails instead of using ingredients in the original form. I have taken to make as many homemade products to avoid using HFCS and so many other undesirable ingredients.


04/18/2010 - 9:15pm

I have also listened to Dr. Lustig's lecture online. And I avoid HFCS. I also avoid added sucrose at home. I believe it is in the American Heart Association literature that women exceed "moderate" daily intake of sugar when they drink 1 can of soda and get no other sugar in any other foods or drinks. (Here is a link to an article in the WSJ about the need to curb sugar consumption: I admit the idea of eating sugar "in moderation" to me was vastly more than 6-9 teaspoons most of my life. Years ago, I would buy 1-2 4lb. bags of sugar a month for my family of 4, maybe a 3rd bag if I was baking a lot, in addition to all the sugar encountered outside our home. To my way of thinking back then, having 1-2 sodas, breakfast cereal with sugar, a snack cake at lunch and a small dessert after dinner *was* "moderate"! (when I got the second slice of cake, *then* I was exceeding moderate in my mind) Now a 4lb. bag lasts months at home--it may well be more than a year now since I bought a bag of sugar. My concern that HFCS maybe a little worse than table sugar has to do with various articles I've read that suggest you will eat more than you would have because the brain messaging is altered. But I think it is also true of table sugar--I know I ate larger servings in general when I was eating lots more sugar. Perhaps it's just a matter of HFCS being like a "purer more refined drug" than the 50/50 sucrose mix we consider normal. I also read somewhere that HFCS is sometimes contaminated with heavy metals. If that is possibly true, then I could see that as a reason to avoid it also. I am actively being more mindful of my sugar intake, and I would not doubt that I can exceed 6 teaspoons in a day even now. So I think telling people that HFCS is not worse than sugar, is not a good message; it's very incomplete. I think most people still don't think the levels of sugar they regularly consume is excessive. And most people don't think of sugar as bad (just "too much" sugar) , so the alarm bells come off altogether when they are told HFCS is just like sugar. We need to have alarm bells on sugar and drill the message that "moderate sugar intake" is much less sugar than most people think.


04/17/2010 - 12:20pm

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