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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?

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Yes, I avoid HFCS and like products. And it looks like it is time to get your "top-notch nutrition researchers" to dig a little deeper and they can begin with this article and research studies done at Duke University Medical Center.

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/04/17/you-did-it--we-are-winning-the-war-on-fructose.aspx

Anonymous

04/17/2010 - 9:24am

Due to what I have read, I have been trying to avoid it.But I also have to say that Ive been trying very hard to avoid all sugar,period

anatale101

04/14/2010 - 2:21pm

http://www.grist.org/article/interview-with-princeton-hfcs-researcher-dr.-bart-hoebel

Anonymous

04/13/2010 - 12:49am

to the person who said you have to dig to find the editor's note, it's at the bottom of the blog! how is that digging?

Anonymous

04/12/2010 - 4:50pm

It seems pretty ridiculous that you criticize this peer-reviewed study and do not give ample space for the author of the study to respond, which when eventually found in the list of 50 comments delineates articulate responses to every point made. Can't you at least provide a direct link to his responses?

Anonymous

04/12/2010 - 3:37pm

My concern with all the studies that you typically see/hear about support the use of HFCS used by food companies in almost all their products. The thing that is missing from this article is the amount that is used in food, it is not just soda.
It is all about how your body uses fructose/HFCS.
One really informative study was done by Dr. Robert H. Lustig, Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology at University of California. You can access the entire series of lectures on youtube.
The concern that he brings forth has to do with the way your body processes any fructose, but especially HFCS.
Glucose is the form of energy we were designed to run on. Every cell in our bodies, every bacterium -- and in fact, every living thing on the Earth -- uses glucose for energy. Fructose is not the same molecule. Glucose is a 6-member ring, but fructose is a 5-member ring. Sucrose (table sugar) is 50 percent glucose and 50 percent fructose, and HFCS is 42-55 percent fructose. It doesn't sound like there is much difference between the two, but when you factor in the amount that is typically digested on a daily basis, the effect is enormous.
The way we digest fructose is similar to the way we digest alcohol, only without the buzz. The effect on the body includes all the classic symptoms of alcohol abuse, ie: beer belly, high triglycerides, high LDL levels, high blood pressure, weight gain.
My 16 year old daughter was diagnosed with metabolic disorder when she was very young and I firmly believe that is was due to poor food choices and lack of knowledge on my part. There is no family history on either side at such a young age. As a matter of fact, my generation is the first in our families to have these issues at such a level that were not alcohol abusers. Both of her grandfathers fall into that category.
When you consider the amount of HFCS that is ingested daily thru food, it is not just soda by a long shot, then you add fruit juices and even whole fruit thinking your doing your body good, the impact is enormous.
IF we got our fructose only in the form of whole fruit, and minimal amounts of sugar that has not been overly processed were being used like 50 or so years ago, our population would be so much healthier.
I refuse to buy any product produced with HFCS, fructose, or the new one which is even worse: crystalline fructose which is 99.5% fructose.
Buyer beware, the food industry is huge, the concern is on producing a product that people will buy not on the health effects of that food.
And the science behind that food is part of the job of all nutritionists.
If this posts twice, I apologize.

lochniall

04/11/2010 - 11:47am

My concern with all the studies that you typically see/hear about support the use of HFCS used by food companies in almost all their products. The thing that is missing from this article is the amount that is used in food, it is not just soda.
One really informative study was done by Dr. Robert H. Lustig, Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology at University of California. You can access the entire series of lectures on youtube.
The concern that he brings forth has to do with the way your body processes any fructose, but especially HFCS.
Glucose is the form of energy we were designed to run on. Every cell in our bodies, every bacterium -- and in fact, every living thing on the Earth -- uses glucose for energy. Fructose is not the same molecule. Glucose is a 6-member ring, but fructose is a 5-member ring. Sucrose (table sugar) is 50 percent glucose and 50 percent fructose, and HFCS is 42-55 percent fructose. It doesn't sound like there is much difference between the two, but when you factor in the amount that is typically digested on a daily basis, the effect is enormous.
The way we digest fructose is similar to the way we digest alcohol, only without the buzz. The effect on the body includes all the classic symptoms of alcohol abuse, ie: beer belly, high triglycerides, high LDL levels, high blood pressure, weight gain.
My 16 year old daughter was diagnosed with metabolic disorder when she was very young and I firmly believe that is was due to poor food choices and lack of knowledge on my part. There is no family history on either side at such a young age. As a matter of fact, my generation is the first in our families to have these issues at such a level that were not alcohol abusers. Both of her grandfathers fall into that category.
When you consider the amount of HFCS that is ingested daily thru food, it is not just soda by a long shot, then you add fruit juices and even whole fruit thinking your doing your body good, the impact is enormous.
IF we got our fructose only in the form of whole fruit, and minimal amounts of sugar that has not been overly processed were being used like 50 or so years ago, our population would be so much healthier.
I refuse to buy any product produced with HFCS, fructose, or the new one which is even worse: crystalline fructose which is 99.5% fructose.
Buyer beware, the food industry is huge, the concern is on producing a product that people will buy not on the health effects of that food.
And the science behind that food is part of the job of all nutritionists.

lochniall

04/11/2010 - 11:41am

I do avoid any and all products that use HFCS regardless of what it is. There has been science that is not generally reported by anyone about how your body uses or does not use fructose. There is a series of lectures on youtube done that shows the biology of how your body processes any fructose, but especially HFCS the same way it does alcohol. That is the main reason that people who consume large amounts of fructose or HFCS show all the symptoms of alcoholics without the brain damage. You get the "beer belly", the liver damage, etc.
The lectures are presented by Dr. Robert H. Lustig, Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology at University of California,
Glucose is the form of energy we were designed to run on. Every cell in our bodies, every bacterium -- and in fact, every living thing on the Earth -- uses glucose for energy.
Fructose is not the same molecule. Glucose is a 6-member ring, but fructose is a 5-member ring. Sucrose (table sugar) is 50 percent glucose and 50 percent fructose, and HFCS is 42-55 percent fructose.
That doesn't seem like much of a difference, but when you consider the amount of HFCS that is added to almost all food that isn't prepared from scratch, the amounts you ingest are enormous. It is not just in sodas.
If you add fruit juices and even whole fruit to a child's diet thinking your doing the right thing, it just adds to the burden.
My youngest daughter had processed foods from a very early age because of poor choices and lack of knowledge on my part. I am convinced that there is a direct correlation to that and her metabolic syndrome issues today.
There is no prior family history of anyone that young (she is 16, but this showed up at age 6) having issues in her dad's family or mine, but from over all the years of eating processed foods we even exhibit the signs of high triglycerides, high blood pressure, insulin resistance, excess weight in the abdomen area, and cholesterol issues.
There may not be much nutritional differences between sugar and HFCS, but there is significant differences in the way your body uses it. Sucrose is half glucose which our bodies are designed to be able to use. The fructose is stored in the liver and becomes fat. Even if you are not overweight you may still suffer from a fatty liver by ingesting too much fructose.

Anonymous

04/11/2010 - 11:18am

I do avoid HFCS b/c it another highly processed substance that is not a part of a healthy lifestyle. I avoid sugar also, but really do put HFCS in another category of sweetners, just too refined to be healthy for me. My mother had in her later years diabetes which she managed by taking rx not shots. I have not desire to have that problem, so therefore I do avoid things like a particular yogurt which used HFCS as the second and third ingredients list. Yoplait is to me a joke just b/c of this!!

Anonymous

04/09/2010 - 10:40am

Yes, when ever possible and I have the option. I have made pinapple upside down cake replacing the caro syrup with agave necture. If there is no difference then why are so may companies not using it anymore?

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04/08/2010 - 6:15pm

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