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    Not so fast on the recent HFCS study

    So…that HFCS study from Princeton that gives credibility to the idea that High Fructose Corn Syrup is evil?

    Yeah, not so much.

    Marion Nestle (Yes, THAT Marion Nestle) says this isn’t the magic bullet, and in fact, the study in of itself may have flaws.

    Although the authors say calorie intake was the same, they do not report calories consumed nor do they discuss how they determined that calorie intake was the same. This is an important oversight because measuring the caloric intake of lab rats is notoriously difficult to do (they are messy).

    As for me? I’m done looking for this evidence in the news. I don’t like HFCS and avoid it when possible. It added more sugar to our American diet that was already sugar-laden at the time it was introduced. Beyond that? I don’t know, and more importantly, no one else has provided substantial evidence of “teh evils” of HFCS versus excessive consumption of cane sugar. Proof may be out there somewhere, and we may someday learn that HFCS may be the singular cause of everything from diabetes to stigmata, but my default position from here on out is that we have simply too much of it in our diet. Period.

    Wake me when we have real proof of otherwise.


    More Bad News for High Fructose Corn Syrup?

    From the New York Times:

    In a small study, Texas researchers showed that the body converts fructose to body fat with “surprising speed,’’ said Elizabeth Parks, associate professor of clinical nutrition at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. The study, which appears in The Journal of Nutrition, shows how glucose and fructose, which are forms of sugar, are metabolized differently.

    It is important to remember that High Fructose Corn Syrup is not 100% fructose. Depending on the product (there are several varieties of HFCS), it can be comprised with as much as 58% glucose, so your mileage may vary.

    And of course the standard caveats apply… HFCS is only one variable out of many regarding obesity, you shouldn’t eat too much of any sugar, etc, etc, blah, blah, blah.

    Oh, and it still makes soda taste dull and lifeless.

    As always, thanks to Jack at Fork & Bottle


    Let me throw out a Rhetorical Question

    If the House of Representative‘s cafeteria is good enough to remove high fructose corn syrup from the menu and to add locally grown, organic, seasonal and generally healthy food, why can’t the congressritters suggest the same for the many publics school cafeterias across America?

    …Just wondering.


    An Absurd Example of HFCS use

    High Fructose Corn Syrup in Cigarettes.

    Note: They are only testing using HFCS as a cigarette additive. But really…do we really need this as product?

    (via Dr. John LaPuma)


    7up Drops ‘All-Natural’ label as well

    Story found here.

    And for the record, having both Kraft and Cadbury-Schweppes release notices about how they are both dropping the ‘All-Natural’ from their High-Fructose Corn Syrup claim within days of one another is what is called a “notable coincidence”. Methinks a specific something was said at a specific somewhere that made both of them rethink their “HFCS is natural” position.

    But then again, I am prone to conspiracy thinking from time to time.


    Kraft does something right!!! HFCS and the “All-Natural” label

    My heart – It’s all a flutter!

    My beliefs in corporate responsibility have been challenged!

    My faith in Kraft has been restored!

    Well, not really. I’ve never had faith in Kraft. But they have done a good thing recently which should be addressed.

    Some of you out there may have heard about the woman from Florida who recently filed suit against Kraft over their Capri Sun product. Her contention was that Capri Sun’s use of “All Natural” on their label was deceptive and misleading, due in large part to the vast amount of man-made high fructose corn syrup used in making the children’s drink.

    Today, Kraft responded to the news and subsequent bad publicity by announcing that within two weeks time, they will start producing labels without “All Natural” on the package. Of course they also say that this has been in the works for the past year, and that this announcement is not a direct response to the lawsuit. This seems logical to me, but a tad coincidental.

    At any rate, Kraft is doing the correct thing here. High fructose corn syrup is a man-made product. It’s use in a product seems to run counter to the “All Natural” ideal.

    Isn’t that right 7up?

    tags technorati : Kraft High Fructose Corn Syrup


    The Stupid things Food Executives Say

    Jones Soda, found right in the heart of my hometown, is trumpeting their release of 12 ounce canned soda sweetened with Pure Cane Sugar instead of High Fructose Corn Syrup.

    The stupid thing said was uttered by Peter van Stolk.

    Converting from HFCS to Pure Cane Sugar with our new our 12 ounce can line truly differentiates Jones and provides the consumer with a healthier alternative.

    For a bit of context, let me make the following statement: Hitting your thumb with a hammer eleven times is healthier than hitting your thumb a dozen times.

    Mr. van Stolk, while I’m a fan of your company and applaud you for going for the better tasting cane sugar in place of the government subsidized corn syrup, you are in fact still selling sugar laden soda and not a vitamin-enriched weight loss supplement that also cures the flu. There isn’t anything healthy about Jones soda.

    But thanks for providing me a decent laugh this morning.

    UPDATE: Mr. van Stolk mentions in the comments (no, really) that

    …what I said was “pure cane sugar is a healthier alternative to HFCS”. If you think that is stupid, I am ok with that.

    Upon reflection his quote is not stupid per se, but perhaps a bit presumptuous. And for the record, I had made the same presumption. But the fact remains that there has been no scientific study that has said that cane sugar is better for a person than HFCS. Lord knows I’ve tried to find one.

    Marion Nestle, the food nutritionist and writer of such books as “Food Politics” and “What to eat” has stated that she could draw no distinction between cane sugar and HFCS. In her eyes, a sugar is a sugar, and neither items was one worth indulging in excessively.

    tags technorati : Jones Soda High Fructose Corn Syrup