Today more than 90 percent of soybeans and more than 80 percent of the corn grown in this country are genetically engineered
Study Finds High-Fructose Corn Syrup Contains Mercury
Wednesday, January 28, 2009; 12:00 AM MONDAY, Jan. 26 (HealthDay News) -- Almost half of tested samples of commercial high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) contained mercury, which was also found in nearly a third of 55 popular brand-name food and beverage products where HFCS is the first- or second-highest labeled ingredient, according to two new U.S. studies. HFCS has replaced sugar as the sweetener in many beverages and foods such as breads, cereals, breakfast bars, lunch meats, yogurts, soups and condiments. On average, Americans consume about 12 teaspoons per day of HFCS, but teens and other high consumers can take in 80 percent more HFCS than average... ...And in the second study, the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP), a non-profit watchdog group, found that nearly one in three of 55 brand-name foods contained mercury. The chemical was found most commonly in HFCS-containing dairy products, dressings and condiments.
Princeton researchers find that high-fructose corn syrup prompts considerably more weight gain
Rats with access to high-fructose corn syrup gained significantly more weight than those with access to table sugar, even when their overall caloric intake was the same.
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.
In this section of SweetSurprise.com, you will find information from credible sources supporting the consensus that high fructose corn syrup is safe and nutritionally the same as sugar.
Myth: High fructose corn syrup is not natural.
Reality: High fructose corn syrup is made from corn — a natural grain product. High fructose corn syrup contains no artificial or synthetic ingredients or color additives and meets the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) requirements for use of the term “natural.”
right....and they forgot the fruits
High fructose corn syrup:
Is a natural sweetener made from corn
Is handled by the body the same as sugar
Has the same number of calories as sugar
Is as sweet as sugar
Is fine in moderation
A sugar is a sugar, whether it comes from cane, corn, or beets
HFCS and Sugar in Products Labeled "Natural" - High fructose corn syrup is considered a natural food ingredient under the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's definition of the term “natural.” Under FDA rules, “natural” means that “nothing artificial or synthetic (including all color additives regardless of source) has been included in, or has been added to, a food that would not normally be expected to be in the food.”(1)
High fructose corn syrup enhances fruit and spice flavors. It is described as having an “early” sweetness profile, which enhances flavors in foods and beverages. This means that when high fructose corn syrup is consumed, the sweetness is detected rapidly by human taste buds, or “early” in the tasting process, but the sweetness does not linger. As the sweetness of high fructose corn syrup subsides, other flavors such as fruit, citrus and spice are experienced more clearly and completely.It is the crispness and clarity of its sweetness profile that allows high fructose corn syrup to enhance other flavors.
Sweetness, Flavor Enhancement, Freshness, Soft Texture, Browning, Stability, Pourability, Fermentability
Myth: Consumers know why high fructose corn syrup is found in many foods and beverages.
Reality: If consumers are sometimes surprised to find high fructose corn syrup in particular foods or beverages, it may be because they do not have a full appreciation of its versatility and value. ( really? )High fructose corn syrup often plays a key role in the integrity of food and beverage products that has little to do with sweetening.
Myth: High fructose corn syrup contains DNA from genetically modified corn.
Reality: While the corn used to produce high fructose corn syrup may or may not have been produced using genetically enhanced corn, existing scientific literature and current testing results indicate that cornDNA cannot be detected in measurable amounts in high fructose corn syrup.
“To pretend that a product sweetened with sugar is healthier than a product sweetened by high-fructose corn syrup is totally misguided.” “The bottom line is there isn't a shred of evidence that high-fructose corn syrup is nutritionally any different from sugar.” "HFCS has been blamed by a few people for the obesity epidemic, because rates of obesity have climbed right along with HFCS consumption. But that’s an urban myth. There isn’t a shred of evidence that HFCS is any more harmful (or healthier) than sugar. We’re consuming way too much of both."
"Thus, it is the position of The American Dietetic Association that consumers can safely enjoy a range of nutritive and nonnutritive sweeteners when consumed in a diet that is guided by current federal nutrition recommendations … as well as individual health goals."
Let's separate fact from fiction. High fructose corn syrup does not cause diabetes nor is it responsible for the rising rate of this disease. The known causes of type 2 diabetes are complex, yet what is clear is that no particular food, beverage or ingredient (including high fructose corn syrup) can be singled out. Instead, the primary risk factors for type 2 diabetes are excess weight, particularly too much abdominal fat, genetics