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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?


Yes, we avoid HFCS whenever possible.


04/01/2010 - 5:58pm

Being a Nutritionist, I try to keep up with all the latest information. Last year I was alerted by this article, found in the Journal of Environmental Health, that indicates mercury is formed in the body from consumption of High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS). I have since been very, very careful not to consume this sweetener. This is difficult since HFCS is found in many food products, including: bread, crackers, ketchup, BBQ sauce, salad dressings, most proceesed foods, etc. I find it's best to eat make your foods from natural, whole ingredients, such as: fruits/veg, meat, natural cheese, legumes, etc...


04/01/2010 - 6:12pm

I think you are saying the study isnt correct, but the evidence you are giving to refute the study is very minute. I think you are picking apart the minor details. I for one believe that HFCS would make someone gain weight vs the same calories they would eat in table sugar. That being said... I do like the whole goal of your argument which, in general, is to limit sweeteners all together.


04/01/2010 - 6:18pm

I never buy or eat anything with HFCS or with any added sugar. I also avoid anything white, including white bread, white potatoes, rice, and pasta. I eat less than 10% of calories from fat, and avoid all saturated fats, so I buy no-fat milk, no-fat butter spread, no-fat sour cream, no-fat cottage cheese, and low fat 2% cheese slices. Reading labels is the key, and so I don't buy many processed foods. I love all vegetables, and greens, salads with a little soy based low fat dressing, and lean meats, chicken or fish, 3-4 oz at a meal. I love water and tea and coffee, no sugar added. And sometimes I like some diet ginger ale. I do indulge with a few little squares of Perugina bittersweet chocolate.


04/01/2010 - 6:24pm

I did my own research! About 18 months ago, I REALLY started reading the ingredients lists, looking for HFCS. I was shocked to discover how many products contain it - most notably Special K branded products & Wonder-Hostess (even most of their breads). Ritz crackers & Oreos - I dare anybody to want to eat just one. Granted, these are not considered to be good-for-you. After diligently avoiding anything with HFCS, if I crave more of something, 99% of the time it contains HFCS. Hence, eat more, weigh more! I agree that the body metabolizes it totally differently than plain ole' sugar.


04/01/2010 - 6:28pm

I avoid HFCS along with other empty calories. As a successful Weight Watcher, I have learned to focus on foods which lead better health. Those are wholesome & unprocessed choices rather than those with long ingredient lists. It's working for me!


04/01/2010 - 6:32pm

HFCS is a sweetner, period. The fact that it is consistently added to foods along with other sugars seems excessive to me. I mean, how sweet do we need our foods to be, really?! Since I have been following a healthier lifestyle, I find some of the sweets I enjoyed no longer appeal to me. I make a lot of EatingWell recipes and none of them contain extra sweeteners, fillers, fatteners or junk that most processed foods have. I think everyone should learn to cook for themselves rather than buying processed, prepackaged, frozen stuff. Corn products are used for everything from food items to cat litter. Maybe we should think about that as well as the nutrution aspect of HFCS.


04/01/2010 - 6:37pm

I think it's important to see who is paying for the research or article to be published.


04/01/2010 - 6:37pm

I have tried too, but I can't totally stay away from it. I like drinking fountain cokes.I have tried the diet cokes and they taste awful to me so I have just cut down on how many I drink per day. I have lost 10 pounds just cutting back on my drinks. I do like water, but only at night. If anyone could develop a soda that taste good without all the corn syrup I would be eternally grateul to them. Well any suggestions would be welcomed. Laurie


04/01/2010 - 7:27pm

Hello Nicci,

I am a woman who has fibromyalgia and sugars are inflammatory foods so I avoid them whenever I can. HFCS is just another sugar that has to be supervised.



04/01/2010 - 7:28pm

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