The truth about high fructose corn syrup??

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    Apr 12, 2011 4:27 AM GMT
    Being a health professional, it is always a great idea to stay on top of the latest research in health and fitness. I came across this article not to long ago to try and solidify some of the myths and facts about high fructose corn syrup.

    Some of the conspiracies that pertain to HFCS is that..
    -it will cause you to retain fat
    -it will cause you to eat more sugar (increase calories)
    -the chemicals used to make HFCS are carcinogenic
    And so on..

    So what do you really know about “high fructose corn syrup”?

    The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition concludes that:
    The hypothesis that HFCS is a unique cause of obesity is not
    supportable in the United States or elsewhere, and the reasons are
    clear:
    • HFCS has the same sugars composition as other “benign”
    fructose-glucose sweeteners such as sucrose, honey, and
    fruit juice concentrates and dietary sources such as fruits and
    juices;
    • Increased caloric intake since 1970 was not due to added
    sugars (including HFCS) but rather was due to increased
    consumption of all caloric nutrients, especially fats and flour
    and cereals;
    • HFCS is consumed in equal amounts with sucrose in the
    United States, but at_10% of the amount of sucrose worldwide
    • Fructose-glucose sweeteners are metabolized through the
    same pathways regardless of dietary source;
    • Although pure fructose can cause metabolic upsets at high
    concentrations and in the absence of glucose, such experiments
    are irrelevant for HFCS, which is not consumed at
    extreme high levels and contains both fructose and glucose.

    Now to play devils advocate.

    Princeton research states:
    “In addition to causing significant weight gain in lab animals, long-term consumption of high-fructose corn syrup also led to abnormal increases in body fat, especially in the abdomen, and a rise in circulating blood fats called triglycerides. The researchers say the work sheds light on the factors contributing to obesity trends in the United States.”
    http://www.princeton.edu/main/news/archive/S26/91/22K07/index.xml?section=topstories


    -The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (200icon_cool.gif
    http://www.ajcn.org/content/88/6/1716S.full.pdf+html
    Other sources:http://www.pwrnewmedia.com/2008/cornrefiners062308/downloads/ExpertsBringPerspectiveAbstracts.pdf


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    Apr 12, 2011 4:36 AM GMT
    I am confused... How is Princeton's research "devil's advocate"? icon_question.gif
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    Apr 12, 2011 4:39 AM GMT
    Princetons research attempts to say that high fructose corn syrup DOES play some type of role in obesity.. unlike the previous journal.
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    Apr 12, 2011 6:58 AM GMT
    EpicFit saidBeing a health professional, it is always a great idea to stay on top of the latest research in health and fitness. I came across this article not to long ago to try and solidify some of the myths and facts about high fructose corn syrup.

    Some of the conspiracies that pertain to HFCS is that..
    -it will cause you to retain fat
    -it will cause you to eat more sugar (increase calories)
    -the chemicals used to make HFCS are carcinogenic
    And so on..

    So what do you really know about “high fructose corn syrup”?

    The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition concludes that:
    The hypothesis that HFCS is a unique cause of obesity is not
    supportable in the United States or elsewhere, and the reasons are
    clear:
    • HFCS has the same sugars composition as other “benign”
    fructose-glucose sweeteners such as sucrose, honey, and
    fruit juice concentrates and dietary sources such as fruits and
    juices;
    • Increased caloric intake since 1970 was not due to added
    sugars (including HFCS) but rather was due to increased
    consumption of all caloric nutrients, especially fats and flour
    and cereals;
    • HFCS is consumed in equal amounts with sucrose in the
    United States, but at_10% of the amount of sucrose worldwide
    • Fructose-glucose sweeteners are metabolized through the
    same pathways regardless of dietary source;
    • Although pure fructose can cause metabolic upsets at high
    concentrations and in the absence of glucose, such experiments
    are irrelevant for HFCS, which is not consumed at
    extreme high levels and contains both fructose and glucose.

    Now to play devils advocate.

    Princeton research states:
    “In addition to causing significant weight gain in lab animals, long-term consumption of high-fructose corn syrup also led to abnormal increases in body fat, especially in the abdomen, and a rise in circulating blood fats called triglycerides. The researchers say the work sheds light on the factors contributing to obesity trends in the United States.”
    http://www.princeton.edu/main/news/archive/S26/91/22K07/index.xml?section=topstories


    -The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (200icon_cool.gif
    http://www.ajcn.org/content/88/6/1716S.full.pdf+html
    Other sources:http://www.pwrnewmedia.com/2008/cornrefiners062308/downloads/ExpertsBringPerspectiveAbstracts.pdf


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    Apr 12, 2011 2:30 PM GMT
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    Apr 12, 2011 2:43 PM GMT
    I still love, if only for her face at the end.

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    Apr 12, 2011 10:44 PM GMT
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    Apr 13, 2011 5:05 AM GMT
    that lecture...although ridiculously long...is brilliant! You convinced me!
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    Apr 13, 2011 5:07 AM GMT
    iHavok saidI still love, if only for her face at the end.




    SCREEEEEEEEEEEEWWWWWW YOUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU!!!

    LOL i was going to post that.

    BTW guys, don't believe the SHILLS out there that say HFC is "safe" .. bullshit
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    Apr 13, 2011 5:34 AM GMT
    Fructose is not sucrose and a calorie is not a calorie. icon_idea.gif
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    Apr 13, 2011 5:39 AM GMT
    Ever notice it's ALWAYS the fat people who try to tell you HFCS is safe?
    I got into a semi-heated argument about it at work with some dude who thought he knew it all.
    I solved the argument by saying "look at your gut then look at mine."
    He never said another word about it. icon_lol.gif
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    Apr 13, 2011 5:50 AM GMT
    yourname2000 saidHFCS is practically poison, ...
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    Apr 13, 2011 4:59 PM GMT
    There are not too many differences. In fact, the most significant difference HFCS has is that it goes directly to your liver, releasing enzymes that instruct the body to then store it as fat in much faster means. Cane sugar, however, will slowly break down and your body has much more time to burn the fat off. It does not undergo the normal digestive process that cane suger normally goes through. In addition, it elevates triglycerides which could increase your risk of type 2 diabetes.