Skip to comments.Studies show no meaningful difference between high fructose corn syrup and sucrose
Posted on 05/24/2011 11:11:30 AM PDT by decimon
Obesity and diabetes rates continue to rise despite decline in consumption of sweeteners
WASHINGTON A comprehensive review of research focusing on the debate between High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) and other sweeteners presented today finds there is no evidence of any significant variation in the way the human body metabolizes HFCS as opposed to standard table sugar, or any difference in impact on risk factors for chronic disease.
James M. Rippe, MD, founder and director of the Rippe Lifestyle Institute and professor of biomedical sciences at the University of Central Florida, presented a summary of recent research entitled -- "High Fructose Corn Syrup, Sucrose and Fructose: What Do We Really Know?" at the American Society of Hypertension (ASH) Annual Meeting in New York City. Dr. Rippe was invited to present his findings on a panel focusing on nutrition and cardiovascular prevention, an issue that ASH recognizes as important on the subject of hypertension and cardiovascular disease.
Based on Dr. Rippe's review of a series of randomized, prospective studies, there is no evidence of adverse impacts from consumption of normal levels of either sucrose or HFCS on weight, ability to lose weight, or increased risk factors for chronic disease, nor were other differences found between the two sugars. Furthermore, a review of current research in this area shows that an individual is no more likely to experience obesity or chronic diseases by consuming HFCS as opposed to other sweeteners such as table sugar.
"While there has been a lot of media attention lately focused on the claims that HFCS is somehow more likely to cause obesity and chronic disease than other sweeteners, the evidence simply does not support those claims," said Dr. Rippe. "Recent research shows that individuals who consumed normal levels fructose have seen no adverse effects on their weight or triglycerides."
Also somewhat surprising, the United States Department of Agriculture has reported that while average daily caloric consumption has risen steadily over the last several decades, along with the rates of obesity and diabetes according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the average daily caloric consumption of sweeteners, including HFCS, has actually decreased over the last decade.
In the mid-1970s, the average American diet contained less than 2,200 calories per day. By 2008, that average increased by approximately 500 calories to nearly 2,700 calories per day a 22 percent jump. By contrast, since 1999 the average of total sugar-added calories consumed per capita per day actually decreased from over 500 calories per day down to just over 450 a 10 percent decrease. During that same period, there was a dramatic spike in the calories from added fats and a consistently high calorie intake from flour and cereal products.
"In the case of HFCS, while consumption increased steadily over two decades in the United States beginning in the 1970s, it peaked around 1999 and has been declining ever since. Yet, we see the incidence of obesity and diabetes in the U.S. continues to rise or remain steady during that time" said Dr. Rippe. "Meanwhile, we have seen obesity and diabetes epidemics in regions of the world where little or no HFCS is available."
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Study was paid for by the HFCS industry.
Meanwhile the Sugar growers are suing them in court for false advertising.
But it’s the good people at the Corn Refiners’ Association! They don’t have any reason to lie through their teeth!
Does that clear things up?
Anything farmers produce is evil, especially, if it is for profit. Like healthcare, all food should be free too. Problem is we have a lot of disgustingly fat people in this country that are looking for someone to blame for their gluttony and all the associated problems. The lawyers are lining up for the payment.
I KNOW Coke tasted better prior to changing to HFCS. And products like Jones soda (with cane sugar) tastes better to me.
It’s all sugar, no matter what the scaremongers and their gullible followers say.
We simply consume too many calories.
I’ve been on a total liquid diet since Easter, and today am down 25 lbs. I’m not hungry.
I’m just realizing that I could probably live on one meal a day and maintain at ideal weight. It leads me to believe that the other 3000 calories per day that I was eating were mere colon fill.
It’s far from irrelevant. The astonishing increase in obesity and diabetes has a cause, and the universe of possible causes excludes everything but diet and physical activity. So diet is a pretty good place to look for the cause. This is worth looking into and is extremely interesting besides. The Taubes article I linked to is a decent place to start. If you’d rather watch, there are plenty of lectures by Taubes and Lustic on YouTube.
Very well said. Lets put some HFCS hotels on boardwalk and see if they get fat or just the ones made of sucrose.
“Lustic” should be “Lustig”
Stuff your face with sugar, get fat.
Stuff your face with HFCS, get fat.
Eat healthy, drink a lot of water, stay skinny.
Look how few job occupations involve strenuous work these days vs 100 yrs ago. And how many involve essentially no physical activity other than respiration.
Then you get to the percentage of the populace that isn't working at all spending their hours with tv or computer.
Sounds scary. A chemical analysis of the air you breathe and the water you drink will find benzene, and that's a pretty dangerous chemical. Benzene is also found in roasted meats. You don't eat any of those, do you? Potatoes contain arsenic. Better stay away from those. Lima beans carry cyanide, and we both know how toxic that can be. Orange juice has paint stripper in it. Good thing I don't ever drink it. Unfortunately, I can't say the same for coffee. Roasting coffee results in the formation of many highly toxic compounds. Nuts have aflatoxins and cooking bacon crispy will deliver one of the most carcinogenic substances known to man. Who knew food could be so damn dangerous?
Also, the natural occurring fructose found in fruits and other plants may be less harmful than the processed form.
FFCS WILL kill you. It has mercury and all sorts of crap in that they couldn't even determine in a chemical analysis. The stuff is pure evil.
Im so damn healthy Ill never die. My life is so miserable.
Given our last discussion, I thought you might find this of interest. It appears the truth isn’t the truth when it comes from an association of corn growers.
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