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posted on Oct, 1 2009 @ 08:25 AM
I just saw an ad on TV today with this site as its sponsor...

On it they open with this...


Most of what you think you know about sweeteners is probably wrong. Some of this is a product of simple misunderstandings. The rest is a giant scam.

I've heard a lot about HFC on here... so what's your thoughts?

posted on Oct, 1 2009 @ 10:14 AM
Wow.. I expected outrage from ATS on this one...

I guess everyone is ok with adverts claiming that HFC is processed by the body in the same way as Sugar...

posted on Oct, 1 2009 @ 10:36 AM
reply to post by HunkaHunka Barf. The "Center for Consumer Freedom" runs this website, which is a PR front for the restaraunt, alcohol, and tobacco industries.

The Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF) (formerly called the "Guest Choice Network") is a front group for the restaurant, alcohol and tobacco industries. It runs media campaigns which oppose the efforts of scientists, doctors, health advocates, environmentalists and groups like Mothers Against Drunk Driving, calling them "the Nanny Culture -- the growing fraternity of food cops, health care enforcers, anti-meat activists, and meddling bureaucrats who 'know what's best for you.' "


This is a big deal because the aversion to HFCS has made the corn industry take a big hit. HFCS isn't too much worse than table sugar. It's just a really, really, cheap sweetener that lets food companies sweeten their drinks ridiculously high.

Too much of something can be a very bad thing. HFCS has double the "sweet" receptors as table sugar and fruit sugar because it has two molecules instead of just one, so it's twice as likely to tantalize your taste buds as natural sugar, i.e. it makes sodas taste more appealling.

The relative cheapness of HFCS because of corn subsidies has allowed food producers to pile in the sweetener in a race to make their product taste the best. The fallout from this: ever-increasing empty calories in food that do nothing but over saturate our bodies and cause us to pack in weight in the form of body fat.

Is HFCS bad? 30 years of research don't really label it as a health benefit. Is it good? Probably not, but it's not the worst thing in the world. Agave nectar and apple/pear juice are more sugary than HFCS but they can sweeten a product and still be labelled "all-natural" and "organic"

It ALL comes down to serving size. When you flip the back of that label, look at how many grams of carbohydrates - sugars are in the ingredients. I prefer fruit sugars just because I like to take something more natural than a refined sugar like HFCS, and natural sugars have the added benefit of being backed by nature and not business. But it really all comes down to the serving size and the grams of sugar in each serving.

Know that and you know how to control about 40% of your diet!

posted on Oct, 6 2009 @ 01:07 AM
reply to post by Avenginggecko

Thanks for the reply.

I prefer something a bit less refined myself.

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