Corn. It is everywhere these days, and lately it’s been getting some heat. After reading a report published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition claiming there’s no health difference between using high fructose corn syrup and refined sugar in beverages, I got suspicious. The AJCN report claims both high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) and refined sugar cause the same feeling of fullness and hunger in people surveyed. Since I already know quite a bit about corn sugar I was immediately suspicious of their claim. I decided to launch my own investigation. Regular readers know how much I despise corn, especially since the kind Americans eat these days is mass produced from genetically modified corn crops. Didn’t have to dig too deep to learn who was behind the AJCN report. And it didn’t surprise me in the least bit.
So who Thinks HFCS Ought to Continue it’s Reign over Refined Sugar in the Soft Drink Industry?
Why the American Beverage Association, the Corn Refiner’s Association, and the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research does. All three groups gave generous amounts of grant money to make that report possible. That sounds like a total conflict of interest, doesn’t it? All the media outlets reported this as fact; yet how can we take this report seriously when we know who paid for it?
This HFCS versus refined sugar report is just being used as a decoy in the current war on our health. Americans are eating too many processed and refined food products with HFCS in them. And we are getting fat. The report claims that there was no difference in participant perceptions on “sweetness, hunger and satiety profiles, or energy intakes at lunch” in their so called study. The more I looked into the facts, the less I trusted this report’s findings. It’s just manufactured “science” designed quiet the critics who blame HFCS on the obesity epidemic in the U.S. If Americans are going to improve their health, we need to get the real facts about HFCS and refined sugar.
High Fructose Corn Syrup proponents claim this finding is a stamp of approval for their highly controversial product. They believe the release of this new information proves once and for all that they’re not guilty for our increased obesity rates.
What are the Real Scientific Facts on High Fructose Corn Syrup and Refined Sugar?
Let’s take a look and see.
We know that High Fructose Corn Syrup is a sweetener found in many of our processed foods these days, from our soft drinks and candy bars, to our salad dressings and just about every kind of packaged bread you can find at the grocer, often included in many foods that once used refined sugar. So what exactly is this stuff, and is it truly as unhealthy and fat producing as some people claim? And is it in our best interest to eat products with refined sugar instead?
According to Wikipedia, “The typical types of High Fructose Corn Syrup are: HFCS 90 (most commonly used in baked goods) which is approximately 90% fructose and 10% glucose; HFCS 55 (most commonly used in soft drinks) which is approximately 55% fructose and 45% glucose; and HFCS 42 (most commonly used in sports drinks) which is approximately 42% fructose and 58% glucose” .
According to the Corn Refiner’s Association High Fructose Corn Syrup is a completely safe and all-natural product. They also state that Consumers expect to see High Fructose Corn Syrup in their natural foods, and it is all legal, according to current FDA standards.
NOTE: Did you notice how deceiving our food labeling is? Manufacturers will claim their juice is 100% natural, and will write it in big letters on the front of the bottle for kids and their health-conscious parents. But if we were to look at the ingredients, we would find that the main ingredient of this “natural juice” is High Fructose Corn Syrup! Article continues on next page…