Tuesday, March 23, 2010

The Truth about High Fructose Corn Syrup

Have you seen this commercial??



I don't get on my soapbox very often, but when I first saw this commercial I was appalled. Really?? High Fructose Corn Syrup is good for us?? It's all natural??

Clearly I have strong anti-HFCS feelings (on top of the fact that I do not like to be wrong), so I was vindicated when I read this article about a study done at Princeton University where rats that were fed HFCS got much fatter and sicker than rats who were fed the same amount of calories but with fructose (plain sugar) instead.

"Some people have claimed that high-fructose corn syrup is no different than other sweeteners when it comes to weight gain and obesity, but our results make it clear that this just isn't true, at least under the conditions of our tests," said psychology professor Bart Hoebel, who specializes in the neuroscience of appetite, weight and sugar addiction. "When rats are drinking high-fructose corn syrup at levels well below those in soda pop, they're becoming obese -- every single one, across the board. Even when rats are fed a high-fat diet, you don't see this; they don't all gain extra weight."
What does this mean?  Eat fruits and vegetables and lean proteins, limit anything from a box, and use sugar sparingly.  Avoid HFCS at all costs.

(Stepping down from my soapbox.)

11 comments :

  1. I couldn't agree more. While I still haven't found a way to kick HFCS completely, I cut it out of my diet by a TON last year and noticed a huge difference in my energy and ability to keep a stable weight (especially when I dropped off of training through the winter).

    Hopefully people realize that food manufacturers are buying these ads because they are scared and do some research for themselves.

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  2. OMG that commercial is just WRONG.

    On FB you can become a 'fan' of The Ban of High Fructose Corn Syrup and they link to a blog with all sorts of good information about HFCS...

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  3. ADP and I saw the commercial a week or so ago. We were both floored and neither of us could come up with anything to say. While we eat HFCS, it is very limited in our house and will remain so until I take the next step.

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  4. Wow, I am in disbelief. And speechless, thats a rarity.

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  5. Yeah, that commercial gets my blood boiling every time I see it. I'm going to bookmark that article so I can pull it out when someone gets on a kick about sugar and HFCS not being worse than anything else.

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  6. Just read that article earlier... good one.

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  7. SMH. This ridiculous commercial gets a lot of airtime too! They're force feeding this lie to the public and sadly some people will buy into it.

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  8. I hate how they make the mom who is against hfcs look like a moron.

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  9. Thank you!!!!
    I completely agree!!!!

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  10. you go girl. get your butt up on that soap box! i have been known to step on a soap box or two in my day!

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  11. SERIOUSLY!!!!Get on that box girl and talk REAL loud!!! :D

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