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HFCS is just sugar

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• High fructose corn syrup is just sugar • No significant differences between HFCS and other sweeteners • Not responsible for obesity

And not all medical and nutrition experts agree that corn sweetener behaves differently in the digestive system or has a different effect on human health than any other sweetener. For example:

  • “We were wrong in our speculations on high fructose corn syrup about their link to weight.” Barry M. Popkin, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Nutrition, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
  • “HFCS is glucose and fructose separated. Table sugar is glucose and fructose stuck together, but quickly separated by digestive enzymes. The body can hardly tell them apart.”Marion Nestle, Ph.D., Paulette Goddard Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies and Public Health, New York University.
  • "There's no substantial evidence to support the idea that high fructose corn syrup is somehow responsible for obesity. If there was no high fructose corn syrup, I don't think we would see a change in anything important. I think there's this overreaction." Walter Willett, Ph.D., Chairman of the Nutrition Department, Harvard School of Public Health.
  • “The bottom line is there isn't a shred of evidence that high-fructose corn syrup is nutritionally any different from sugar.” Michael Jacobson, Ph.D., Executive Director, Center for Science in Public Interest.
  • “To pretend that a product sweetened with sugar is healthier than a product sweetened by high-fructose corn syrup is totally misguided.” Michael Jacobson, Ph.D., Executive Director, Center for Science in Public Interest

The problem with offering opinions that disagree with any movement’s established dogma is that folks become too entrenched in their own ideologies to consider another point of view. They preach to their own choir and the best we can do, perhaps, is offer another set of facts, supported by acknowledged experts, to prevent that body from growing too big.

It’s just sugar. And like all parts of our diets, it’s up to us to watch how much of it we consume. That means reading labels and adjusting recipes, meals and snacks accordingly. And it doesn’t hurt to walk a few blocks once in a while either.

 

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