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Monday, March 1, 2010

High-fructose corn syrup: What are the concerns?

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/high-fructose-corn-syrup/AN01588

21 comments:

  1. Your link just tells us the same thing that every KNOWLEDGEABLE person already knows, that any sweetner in high amounts is bad, not HFCS. I would rather use HFCS in my cooking every day than use a manufactured sweetner like Splenda or Equal.

    What is wrong with you people? You're taking away from good US farm people by trying to ban something that isn't even all that bad for you. Maybe you should take your effort and move towards something that matters, like equality for GLBT people, or against child abuse!

    You make me sick!

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  2. The color of the page and fonts make it extremely difficult to read the blog.

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  3. Dear Anonymous (aka, 'you make me sick'),

    Before posting such a comment, you should get your facts straight. HFCS may be "nutritionally" the same as sugar (which is easy to do because there is ZERO nutritional value to processed sugar); however, the body processes it much differently than it would standard processed sugar. It's like rocket fuel versus gasoline. HFCS is indeed harmful to the human body if consumed in high doses (which is what the average American does on a daily basis) and is causing widespread incidences of Diabetes.

    It is unfortunate people are hiding the "truth" in order to turn a profit, instead of doing what is best for the health and well being of the American people.

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  4. If we just lifted the trade embargo against Cuba, it would be cheaper to use sugar rather than HFCS and the market would solve the matter through economics. There is no need to ban HFCS. We also need to lift the caps on our domestic sugar manufacturing and abolish the punitively high tariffs against foreign sugar.

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  5. Ironic that this page has a Google ad in support of HFCS.

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  6. Why would this make you sick? Just because people are concerned about a product that causes health problems? It doesn't mean that they aren't concerned about other issues too. My daughter suffered from abdominal pains etc and we couldn't find out what was wrong until a fructose test proved that she was intolerant. Now because HFCS is used in so many products she is on a very restricted diet. I'm sure that you would be more concerned if this matter was affecting you personally.

    There are so many other GOOD uses for corn that farmers will not have to suffer at all.

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  7. HFCS isn't a manufactured sweetener? Corn is highly processed to get the stuff. It doesn't just grow in the field that way.

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  8. We need to grow more crops then just corn and soybeans. The seeds should not be Genetically Modified. That is the real root of the problem. What the farmers are growing because they are forced to buy whom (?), they are caught in a food takeover system. Where herbicides and pesticides are as much of a power as the food corporations and Seed companies. No good has come from what and where we get are food from. Everything is made fast. Corn Fed. and to that naive person HFCS spikes your levels unlike sugar. Our bodies can't handle or process HFCS and sugar is processed differently by our bodies. DUH

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  9. Why do people post anonymously? What are they afraid of?

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  10. I used to post anonymously when I had something to say before I had so much to say it became easier to just get a google account.

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  11. I think that is a picture of corn syrup not HFCS on your Facebook page.

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  12. Corn syrup is clear. BTW not only does HFCS play havoc on a persons blood sugar like nothing else but, it increases hunger. It's like the addition of alcohol in lotions, you put lotion on because you have dry skin and the lotion slowly drys out your skin so you buy more lotion. HFCS- you eat because you are hungry, HFCS in product increases your appetite. They started using it so they could say things like "now with less sugar" and accidentally found out that people consumed more of the product with HFCS. Like Nicotine in tobacco, Nicotine was an insecticide, they sprayed it on the tobacco crop and noticed that sales went up so they sprayed more nicotine. Before that smoking was just a social leisure activity, now people are hooked when they tried to smoke it socially.
    All these things are fundamentally about money. Not customer satisfaction or welfare. MONEY!

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  13. Well said Gina!

    AND to "you make me sick" - I prefer not to use the artificial sweeteners OR HFCS. Using those is what makes me sick!

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  14. I've been looking for some time for an actual peer reviewed study showing the ill-effects of HFCS vs other sources of sugar. The link provided in this blog to the Mayo clinic article doesn't get there at all. There are many assertions leveled (here and elsewhere) against HFCS, but I still can't find what the source for these claims is. Can somebody please point to some evidence? Over-consumption of HFCS does cause health problems--the same health problems caused by over consumption of any processed sugars. What is different about HFCS, and where is the evidence for this that we can read and point others to? Sorry, but without some actual peer reviewed studies, I'm skeptical of these assertions.

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  15. Here is a challenge for anyone...go to the kids section of the grocery store and see just how many foods have it. Now consider how much your child is ingesting. Now consider that over 90% of Type II diabetes is DIET induced. What do you think is causing it...it is all of it... the artificial sweetners that have proven to spike your insulin levels, the HFCS, the Super Size everything and the sad fact that these foods are the most convenient and most readily available to buy. Stop with all the processed foods and eat a more natural diet...we are living beings that need living foods to maintain optimum health. In regards to there being some conspiracy to put "good US farm people out of business" get real...and your comment about "not all that bad" sorry but I have much higher standards for what goes into my body than "not all that bad"! Not to mention the less people pay attention to things like this the more of burden they will be on our medical system for illnesses that can be virtually eradicated with proper nutrition. Go to PubMed.gov and do some research...you should find what you are looking for or webmd. Both reputable sources.

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  16. Here is a follow up to my last post with some reputable organizations addressing what is being discussed...

    1. National Diabetes Statistics 2007. National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse.
    http://diabetes.niddk.nih.gov/DM/PUBS/statistics/

    2. Reinberg, Steven. Rate of Diabetes Cases Doubles in 10 Years: CDC. U.S. News and
    World Report. October, 2008

    3. Childhood Overweight and Obesity. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. http://www.cdc.gov/obesity/childhood/index.html. Atlanta, GA.

    4. Mercola, Joseph and Droege, Rachael. Six Reasons Why Corn Syrup is Making You
    Fat. Merocla.com

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  17. and a couple more off PubMed.Gov

    * Endocrine and metabolic effects of consuming beverages sweetened with fructose, glucose, sucrose, or high-fructose corn syrup.Stanhope KL et al. Am J Clin Nutr. (2008)
    * Effects of high-fructose corn syrup and sucrose consumption on circulating glucose, insulin, leptin, and ghrelin and on appetite in normal-weight women.Melanson KJ et al. Nutrition. (2007)
    * Effects of high-fructose (90%) corn syrup on plasma glucose, insulin, and C-peptide in non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus and normal subjects.Hung CT et al. Taiwan Yi Xue Hui Za Zhi. (1989)

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  18. http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/03/13/richard-johnson-interview.aspx

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  19. http://www.ehjournal.net/content/8/1/2



    http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/136879.php



    Here are the results of a study completed in 2005 which found mercury in about half of all high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) samples. The amounts are small but given that high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is in almost every processed food it can add up to a substantial dose. The average daily consumption of HFCS is 50 grams in the US. This corresponds to a daily intake of 28 micrograms of mercury from this source, making it the major source of mercury exposure. The other known sources of mercury are from fish consumption, thimerosal preservative in some vaccines, and dental amalgam.



    Mercury is an extremely potent neurological toxin and easily crosses the blood-brain barrier to damage developing nervous tissue in children and infants. Unborn children are at highest risk of damaging brain development from even slight exposure to mercury.



    Manufacturers will not reveal any other information on the percentage of high fructose corn syrup in their foods, just the list of ingredients in order of greater to lesser quantities. As a consumer, do not buy or serve foods with high fructose corn syrup listed in the top two ingredients. Pregnant women should avoid eating any food with high fructose corn syrup.


    http://www.ehjournal.net/content/8/1/2



    http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/136879.php

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  20. http://smokinchoices.wordpress.com/2009/03/10/the-corn-shame/

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  21. If you want to know how all sugars effect the body.

    This shows how ALL types of sugar are processed by the body.
    Alcohol having the most poisons, HFCS the second most.


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBnniua6-oM

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