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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 i do but at the same time Americans shouldnt be avoiding just one ingredient in desserts or sweets. We all should be trying to limit ourselves to the non-benifit calories! America is all fat and just one ingredient isnt the reason most likely!,


04/07/2010 - 10:31am

I try to avoid HFCS, but it is literally in EVERYTHING! Even foods that claim to be healthy in the grocery stores all seem to have HFCS hidden in the ingredients somewhere. I would like to see more Stevia and Splenda type of sugars used in products. Why does everything have to have HFCS in it? Because it's cheaper?? If you've ever had a Coke in Europe where they do not use HFCS, it actually tastes so much better. It's because they use real sugar! I think the food industry is getting out of control with finding ways to make processed foods cheaper for themselves, but we end up paying the price. Especially people who do not think to read every ingredient on the label, which is probably most people.


04/06/2010 - 4:46pm

Yep... I like whole foods. If corn can fatten a cow to supersized and chickens and... then it can surely do that to a human... we should not be shocked. Hopefully you will continue to inspire us with actual food and what to do with it and to avoid mentioning junk food... junk food doesn't need a recipe.


04/06/2010 - 12:02pm

YES! It is a man-made caloric sweetener. If me or my family eat sugar, I'm sure to choose the most natural form.


04/06/2010 - 8:14am

Yes but is corn syrup the same thing? Isn't just another form of sugar? Not anymore unhealthier than sugar?


04/05/2010 - 5:43pm

""Thank you, Dr. Hoebel, for taking the time to respond to our blog. I have updated it with an Editor's Note informing readers that they can view your responses in the comments section""

Too bad we have to dig to find it!!


04/05/2010 - 4:47pm

Yes, I avoid it whenever possible; especially in granola bars that I eat for a "healthy" snack. My hb & I don't drink soda or eat many processed foods so we really don;t get much HFCS in our diets.


04/05/2010 - 3:35pm

I am not affiliated with any of the sites/books/persons below.
They contend that even plain fructose has negative affects. From

Dr. Richard Johnson is professor of medicine at the University of Colorado, where he runs the kidney division and is in charge of transplantation and research in blood pressure. He has also written the best book on the market on the dangers of fructose called The Sugar Fix.

About 70 percent of his work involves research and, for a number of years, he has been studying the effects of fructose on the metabolic system in animals and cell culture, as well as in clinical studies.

Most of this research is focused on how fructose might cause obesity, high blood pressure, kidney disease, fatty liver, and other health-related problems.

Here, Dr. Johnson discusses how uric acid in your blood can wreak havoc on your blood pressure, insulin production and even kidney function.

... In the following statement, Dr. Johnson explains just how closely tied uric acid levels are to fructose consumption:

“If you give animals fructose, they develop diabetes, hypertension, obesity, and fatty liver. And in most of these conditions, if we lower uric acid, we can prevent many of these conditions, [although] not completely.

So lowering uric acid seems to benefit some of the mechanisms by which fructose causes disease.

So a very important point is that if you take two animals and you feed one fructose and feed the other one the exact same number of calories but give it as dextrose or glucose, its only the fructose-fed animal that will develop obesity, insulin resistance, fatty liver, and high triglycerides, signs of inflammation, vascular disease, and high blood pressure.”

This bears out in humans as well. Over the last 20 years, we’ve seen a dramatic increase in fatty liver disease throughout the world, and studies done by Dr. Johnson and a group of researchers at Duke University showed that people who develop fatty liver drink a lot more soft drinks, and ingest far more fructose than the average person in the community.

The above article also describes the content of fructose in agave syrup, and has links at the end to other very informative fructose-related articles.


04/05/2010 - 8:41am

As much as possible! I was just in the UK, and I realized that they eat as much candy, chips and crap as we do, but none of their stuff has HFCS, or any other corn products in them. Guess what? The food tastes better, and I actually lost weight while I was there (even though I am unable to resist British chocolate). I also think it's because their food is more locally sourced.

Anyway, I wonder how many ears of corn are used to make, say, a tablespoon of corn syrup, or corn oil, or corn starch, etc. I don't think our bodies can process that much corn (since corn is a carb, not a veggie). Other than some delicious grilled corn in the summer, I stay away!


04/05/2010 - 6:23am

My husband has a heart problem. His nutritionist told us not have High- Frusctose corn syrup in anything he eats. Its not good for the heart or the brain, because it tricks the brain telling you that you are still hungry.
We don't eat it at all. We don't miss it and I use honey for my sweetener. I use less and its better for us.
We find it hard to avoid it. His heart is doing great now for five years. I have to make my own things to avoid it.
We never drank pop. I found out in the 1990's that pop was bad for the teeth. So it was gone.
If people really tried to drink water, they would find their thirst satisfied, but its not a quick change. You have to work at it.


04/04/2010 - 10:23am

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