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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?


Absolutely avoid. Such respected clinical nutritionists such as Alan Pressman and Jerry Hicky say to avoid it, and site other studies in the literature that point to it's detriment to health.


04/04/2010 - 12:54am

This opinion by EatingWell is extremely disappointing and leads me to believe that someone in your organization is getting paid off by the HFCS producers. Your magazine should at least be honest enough like the World Healthiest Foods website which basically gives its readers the available information and trusts that we are intelligent enough to come to our own conclusions, which in my opinion is overwhelming against HFCS. As a pediatrician trying to teach my patients and their parents how to navigate the incredible amount of misinformation in the tv commercials which many interpret as facts instead of what they are, marketing, your opinions are disingenious and damaging. I often advised my patients to go to your website. I will not do this anymore.
Carol Da Costa, MD


04/02/2010 - 5:47pm

I totally avoid corn syrup.I've lost 22 lbs. since I cut corn syrup and high fructose corn syrup out of my diet.I actually feel sick the next day if I accidentally consume food with corn syrup in it.I don't feel sick after consuming foods with regular sugar or honey in them.


04/02/2010 - 5:41pm

and how much did the Corn Institute pay you to publish this article.


04/02/2010 - 2:02pm

I feel that sugar is sugar no matter what form it is in. I always look at the amount of sugar that is in a food product and when possible purchase the products that have the lowest amount of sugar listed on the "Nutritional Facts" panel.


04/02/2010 - 1:33pm

Absolutely....weight loss or gain is not the only concern. What about raised inflammation in the body which causes heart disease? Everyone is so concerened about cholesterol but they should change their focus to foods such as high-fructose corn syrup and fructose which creates inflammation which then leads to heart disease. There is also the ethical issue of high-fructose corn syrup. Farmers are growing corn for this that can not be consumed by human beings and is stilling in open fields waiting for it to be processed. We should start focusing on food sources to feed our selves and not relay on foods from other countries. The American farmer is what made this country great and we are loosing farms daily. Refuse to eat these made-made foods and the companies will change their tunes really quick.


04/02/2010 - 12:19pm

I do avoid HFCS because it is usually in processed food; which I try to avoid. I prefer natural sweeteners such as honey, molasses or maple syrup vs. HFCS or white sugar.


04/02/2010 - 11:55am

I don't touch hfcs. I heard on 60 MINUTES years ago from the man who created the stuff that he wouldn't touch it. That it would cause cancer, and other undesireable side effects. In my own mind, I think it is a large reason that Diabetes is sky rocketing in this country. I eat real food. nothing manmade. Or altered.


04/02/2010 - 11:17am

I do try to avoid HFCFC because of all the info that has been given about it even tho it might be proved wrong but I also try to avoid as much sugar as possible


04/02/2010 - 5:49am

Yes, I avoid high fructose corn syrup.
If I ingest it, I have symptoms which are a little scary.


04/02/2010 - 3:05am

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