HFCS Proven To Be More Harmful Than Sugar

Princeton University recently re-enforced what nutritionists, dietitians and chefs have been saying for over a decade.  High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) is far worse for humans than regular table sugar.  Check it out:

A sweet problem: Princeton researchers find that high-fructose corn syrup prompts considerably more weight gain.

A Princeton University research team has demonstrated that all sweeteners are not equal when it comes to 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.

“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.”


One of the most intriguing things about this whole HFCS situation is the FDA’s stance on it.  Recently, FDA head Margaret “Peggy” Hamburg sent a letter to tea company Salada telling them that their claim that green tea is, “scientifically proven to fight cancer” needs to be amended.  Now Salada’s claim is not false.  There are countless studies overwhelmingly proving that green tea does in fact fight cancer.

So why would the FDA tell them to change their claim?  Because the FDA has not conducted any studies on the subject.  They want Salada to add, “This statement has not been evaluated by the FDA.”  On the surface this may seem like a reasonable request.

The fact that the FDA should have long ago researched green tea’s ability to fight cancer is an over site of genocidal proportions, however, it is not the issue here.  The issue here is that the FDA has not required the Corn Refiners Association to make the same statement in its “Sweet Surprise” ad campaign.

You know the ads, a young couple sitting in the park, the girl (Grey’s Anatomy’s Zibby Allen) offers the fella some of her Popsicle.  At first he refuses because it contains HFCS but since he cannot remember any of the dozen or so adverse side effects of the sugar substitute she convinces him that it is no worse than actual sugar.  At no time in any of these commercials will you see the line, “This statement has not been evaluated by the FDA.”

If the FDA has evaluated the statement than either their evaluation is wrong or they are covering up the same results other scientists are getting.  It is more likely they simply have not bothered to look into the issue.  After all HFCS is a Monsanto product and the FDA is run by Monsanto.

If this whole thing is an indication of anything (other than a corrupt bureaucracy) it is that any supplement that carries the disclaimer, “This statement has not been evaluated by the FDA,” is actually good for you.  Conversely anything the FDA has approved, isn’t.

weet problem: Princeton researchers find that high-fructose corn syrup prompts considerably more weight gain

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