Fructose Corn Syrup Propaganda:
Refining Industry Lays on the High Fructose Corn Syrup Propaganda
As Thick As... Well, Syrup
lay to rest long-held misconceptions about high fructose corn syrup"
Journal of Nutrition supplement urges health professionals to help
reduce consumer confusion *
Editor's note: Wow, check out the above title of this press release...
Here's the translation: "We're the experts, HFCS is fine, don't
listen to laymen idiots on the Internet, don't get confused!"
I bet you've seen the same commercials as I have extolling high
fructose corn syrup while cleverly and fallaciously not addressing
any of the real facts about why HFCS is some real bad voodoo. In
case you haven't seen the largest United States agribusiness's attempt
to overtly brainwash you, let me catch you up with this press release...
and if you start to get sick before you finish, just scroll on down
to the bottom for additional editorial commentary...
DC A supplement to be published in the June issue of the
Journal of Nutrition encourages the scientific community and the
general public to stop demonizing high fructose corn syrup as the
culprit of obesity and to rethink the myths about high fructose
corn syrup's impact on the American diet.
State of the Science on Dietary Sweeteners Containing Fructose"
is the scientific summary of a joint conference held in March 2008
by the International Life Sciences Institute of North America and
the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service.
Several scientific papers from the supplement are currently available
conference brought together several scientific leaders from varying
backgrounds, including former critics of high fructose corn syrup,
who found there is little evidence that high fructose corn syrup
and sugar (or sucrose) have differing effects on satiety, overall
energy balance, metabolic hormones or biochemical metabolites such
as triglycerides and uric acid all suggesting no unique causal
role for high fructose corn syrup in obesity.
to Suzanne P. Murphy, Ph.D., R.D., research professor at the Cancer
Research Center of Hawaii, University of Hawaii, noted in her summary
of the presented papers, "
[high fructose corn syrup]
and sucrose are similar and one is not 'better or worse' than the
Murphy notes that "it does not appear to be practical to base
dietary guidance on selecting or avoiding these specific types of
Fructose Corn Syrup Is Not the Same as Fructose
about high fructose corn syrup has been fueled in part by erroneous
links to research testing high levels of pure fructose, and then
generalizing those findings to high fructose corn syrup. The conference
experts concluded that studies testing pure fructose at levels not
seen in the typical diet are simply misleading in terms of understanding
the metabolism of high fructose corn syrup. High fructose corn syrup
never contains fructose alone. Rather, just like sugar, high fructose
corn syrup is comprised of roughly equivalent amounts of fructose
peer-reviewed papers expose the confusion about high fructose corn
syrup: it is a case of mistaken identity between two sweeteners,"
said Audrae Erickson, president of the Corn Refiners Association.
"High fructose corn syrup is not high in fructose, but rather
has roughly half fructose and half glucose, just like sugar
therefore, it should come as no surprise that high fructose corn
syrup and sugar are metabolized the same way in our bodies."
Caloric Intake, Not a Single Sweetener, the Likely Cause of Obesity
sweeteners such as sugar, invert sugar, honey, fruit juice
concentrates and high fructose corn syrupare essentially interchangeable
in composition, calories and metabolism. Replacing high fructose
corn syrup in foods with other fructose-containing sweeteners will
provide neither improved nutrition nor a meaningful solution to
the obesity crisis. "In light of similarities in composition,
sweetness, energy content, processing and metabolism, claims that
such sweetener substitutions bring nutritional benefit to children
and their families appear disingenuous and misleading," concluded
John S. White, Ph.D., caloric sweetener expert and president of
White Technical Research.
the introduction of high fructose corn syrup 35 years ago, calories
from added sugars (mostly sucrose and high fructose corn syrup)
increased at a slower rate than calories from all sources. With
high fructose corn syrup use in decline since 1999, it is far more
likely, writes Dr. White, that this increase in total calories was
due to Americans eating more of everything.
urges more care in interpreting experimental data that claim to
demonstrate metabolic effects for fructose-containing sweeteners.
"It is inappropriate to extrapolate experimental outcomes derived
from pure fructose or pure glucose, or from experiments in which
fructose exceeds 10% of total energy," wrote White. "The
misinterpretation of such studies as cautions against moderate dietary
fructose and high fructose corn syrup use is simply not justified."
Body of Evidence
American Medical Association in June 2008 helped put to rest a common
misunderstanding about high fructose corn syrup and obesity, stating
that "high fructose syrup does not appear to contribute to
obesity more than other caloric sweeteners." Even former critics
of high fructose syrup dispelled myths and distanced themselves
from earlier speculation about the sweetener's link to obesity in
a comprehensive scientific review published in the December 2008
American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
the national trade association representing the corn refining (wet
milling) industry of the United States. CRA and its predecessors have
served this important segment of American agribusiness since 1913.
Corn refiners manufacture sweeteners, ethanol, starch, bioproducts,
corn oil, and feed products from corn components such as starch, oil,
protein, and fiber.
note: Once again, major corporations have demonstrated just how
easy it is to buy science, scientists, and "experts." And
I'm not surprised at all to find the AMA again in the pocket of a
global conglomeration that's contributing to the deterioration of
the general population's health.
get down to brass tacks. Here is what HFCS actually is:
is produced by processing corn starch to yield glucose, and then
processing the glucose to create a syrup that is usually about 45
percent fructose and 55 percent glucose.
sucrose (cane sugar) consists of one molecule of glucose and one
molecule of fructose (i.e., 50 percent each), you'd think its effects
would be similar to those of HFCS. But sucrose behaves very differently
in the body, compared with glucose, fructose, or HFCS.
the bodys digestion, absorption, and metabolism of fructose
differ from the ways it digests, absorbs, and metabolizes glucose
or sucrose. (Craig
is not a naturally occurring substance. It's a highly processed, man-made
food additive that's produced in mass quantities and cheaper to use
than cane sugar. And in the US, thanks primarily to Nixon and his
corn subsidies in the 1970s, it's practically in everything that comes
in a bottle, box, or any packaging that's not a peel or shell.
high fructose corn syrup or sweetener "natural" is like
calling monosodium glutamate (MSG) a substance that drops off a tree
and can be popped into the mouth as is like a cherry.
may or may not be a leading cause of obesity. Big fat deal. This is
a ploy designed to make you believe the 3-ton elephant in the room
is no longer there.
let them distract you from that elephant, which represents this: high
fructose corn syrup is the cornerstone of junk food and sodas. I'll
go out on a limb and call it the mother of modern processed food,
the DNA of prepackaged goods, the key ingredient in the alchemy of
America's obsession with unhealthy, fast food. It's a cheap
commodity and some very powerful governments, corporations, and people
have been deeply invested in it for decades.
food is not good for you. Have you ever seen the movie Supersize
Me, where a guy lives solely off McDonald's food for a month?
Yeah. Even if you haven't seen it, you can imagine what kind of shape
he was in at the end of the month.
do I know, right? I'm no "expert" or "scientist."
I'm like the mom of the little girl in the clip below, which is the
trailer to the movie Thank You for Smoking -- a film
about the life of a lobbyist for Big Tobacco.
else getting deja vu?
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