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Eating High-Fructose Corn Syrup Worse Than Sugar

The high-fructose corn syrup industry and its advocates, like The Corn Refiners Association, have lobbied hard to convince us that their product is not bad for us. Just like the tobacco industry, they would argue that the world was flat until the cows came home… if it meant making a buck (or a few billion of ‘em).

Take an ad like this one for instance, brought to you by The Corn Refiners Association:

“You know what they say about it?”

Well for one, researchers at Princeton have just shown that all things being equal in calories, high-fructose corn syrup makes you gain more weight than regular table sugar. The study was conducted on rats, with one group eating high-fructose corn syrup and the other table sugar, both with the same calorie count. The rats that ate the high-fructose corn syrup “gained significantly more weight” than the sugar-eating rats.

The concentration of sugar in the sucrose solution was the same as is found in some commercial soft drinks.

Over the long-haul, consumption of high-fructose corn syrup also leads to abnormal increases in body fat, especially in the belly. Not to mention that is increased the circulation of triglycerides.

“These rats aren’t just getting fat; they’re demonstrating characteristics of obesity, including substantial increases in abdominal fat and circulating triglycerides,” said Princeton graduate student Miriam Bocarsly. “In humans, these same characteristics are known risk factors for high blood pressure, coronary artery disease, cancer and diabetes.”

This is not an advocacy of sugar, which can be addictive. The researchers say that sugar has similar effects on the brain as some drugs.


March 24th, 2010

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HFCS is bad because it's frustose, as are agave and many other sweeteners. Ttable sugar (sucrose) is half gluycose, half fructose Fructose needs to be converted into glucose in the liver, so the glycemic table shows it as more healthy because it is used more slowly, but, in fact, it is less healty because in the amounts we use it today, it overtaxes and harms the liver, leading to metabolic syndrome, belly fat, diabetes, heart disease, all things glucose and other sources of fat do not. Fructose, unlike glucose, disrupts ghrelin and leptin production, too, so the hormones responsible for your feeling you've eaten enough and for burning fat are no longer there for you. Fructose, not fat, makes us fat! Glucose will make us fat as well, if we eat too much, but in moderation it is the necessary nutrient to fuel your brain and muscles. Most important, it doesn't harm your liver, which is so overtaxed these days by all the fructose we eat and all the toxins it has the thankless job of cleansing away.

posted Jul 8th, 2010 3:04 pm


Actually WebGoddess, you might want to take a second look at your agave. See what our resident RD, Rebecca, has to say about agave nectar not being the healthy sugar alternative everyone thinks it is. Honey is a great natural alternative. Also watch her video about Understanding Sugar to get a better look at which sugars are OK and which to avoid, like HFCS.

posted Mar 25th, 2010 11:19 am


HFCS and sugar are both bad for you. Probably agave is best.

I tend to use sugar instead of sugar substitute, as I'm not convinced the alternatives are any healthier and may even be worse for you.

Just use in moderation and also pay attention to fat content particularly saturated fat.

If you watch fat intake and calories then you don't have to skimp on using real sugar. HFCS is very unhealthy and not a good substitute for sugar.

posted Mar 25th, 2010 7:33 am


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