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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?


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


04/01/2010 - 6:37pm

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

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 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 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

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

Yes, we avoid HFCS whenever possible.


04/01/2010 - 5:58pm

I avoid it like the plague and since I have eliminated it from my diet, my incidents of allergies and overall colds have decreased significantly.


04/01/2010 - 5:50pm

YES! Like the Plague.


04/01/2010 - 5:43pm

Yes I do and for many reasons:

1. I do not agree with the way it is manufactured.
2. It makes things overly sweet
3. To my knowledge it is not naturally occuring in corn but must be created in the manufacturing process.
4. It is present in most foods that we should avoid or limit anyway - namely overly processed foods.
5. I don't agree with the politics behind how we overproduce corn that is not suitable for human consumption but then have to "do something" with it - so we make HFCS.
6. It can be made so cheaply that it is easy for food companies to add it to just about anything and often without most folks being aware that these foods are being "sweetened" for no reason - thus resulting in consumption of more daily calories than we need and leading to obesity and a whole slew of chronic medical illness that are disabiling us, killing us and making us broke (rising healthcare costs all around).
7. I try to set a good example for my friends, family, coworkers and patients by eating food that was put here on our planet for a reason - and that my great-grandmother would recognize as food! (and avoid man-made food from man-made substances - edible, yes - good for us, NO).

I could go on but that highlights my concerns and reasons for avoiding it.
I look forward to some "real" scientific studies in the future.

Jerri Jensen, MD


04/01/2010 - 4:48pm

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