Does high-fructose corn syrup make you fatter than sugar? See this new study and you decide...
A "Corny" Lie?
Unless you have been under a rock for the last year or two, you have undoubtedly seen the massive media campaign that the Corn Refiners Association (the CRA) has been running on TV commercials, online ads, etc. trying to "clean up" the poor public image of high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS).
They have even tried a re-branding campaign trying to change the name to "corn sugar" instead of high-fructose corn syrup.
In addition, the TV commercials try to convince you that high fructose corn syrup is "no worse than sugar," and even try to imply that it is somehow 'natural,' with this phrase:
"It is made from corn, has no artificial ingredients, has the same calories as sugar and is okay to eat in moderation"
REALLY? I would say it is a downright LIE to say that high fructose corn syrup has no artificial ingredients if you have ever seen how high fructose corn syrup is refined and processed and the chemicals involved in that process. Watch the entertaining documentary King Corn and you will see the NASTY chemicals involved in refining high fructose corn syrup.
And let us not forget that high fructose corn syrup is almost always made from Genetically Modified corn. Not so "natural" anymore huh!
In response to this CRA propaganda campaign to revamp the image of high fructose corn syrup, Michael Jacobson, executive director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest stated: "High-fructose corn syrup starts out as cornstarch, which is chemically or enzymatically degraded to glucose and some short polymers of glucose. Another enzyme is then used to convert varying fractions of glucose into fructose... High-fructose corn syrup just does not exist in nature."
What about the debate: Is High-Fructose Corn Syrup worse for you than sugar?
This seems to have been an ongoing debate for the last couple years, but I personally think it is a stupid debate... In terms of your health and your waistline, they are BOTH pure evil! Over time, with excess consumption of either high fructose corn syrup or sugar, they can both lead to diabetes, obesity, and other major health problems, including premature aging, and a bulging belly!
However, with that said, I personally avoid high fructose corn syrup at all costs, but I do not necessarily avoid sugar altogether. I minimize sugar greatly, but I do not avoid it like I avoid high fructose corn syrup. Have I mentioned that I have not had a soda pop since I was a teenager...not one! Two things that I try to avoid almost 100% are high fructose corn syrup and trans fats...because they are easily two of the MOST evil food additives that cause the most damage from a biochemical standpoint internally in your body (keep that in mind when you are about to eat or drink them, and it is easy to say no).
The only high fructose corn syrup I get is probably the minor amounts that I might get in ketchup at a restaurant (sorry, I am not giving up my ketchup... but I do get organic ketchup at home, which has no high fructose corn syrup). But other than ketchup at a restaurant, I stay way from anything and everything with high fructose corn syrup in it, including store-bought salad dressings which are often laced with high amounts of high fructose corn syrup. Instead, I make my own healthy lean-body salad dressings at home.
The reason that I avoid high fructose corn syrup more than I avoid plain sugar is that there is just too much evidence at this point that your body DOES process high fructose corn syrup differently than sugar... despite the propaganda that the Corn Refiners Association is trying to shove down your throat with their ads.
New Princeton Study reveals that high fructose corn syrup can stimulate more weight gain than sugar
Leave it to those geniuses at Princeton to give us some good evidence that high fructose corn syrup can make you fatter than sugar! In a 2010 Princeton University study, researchers found that rats given water sweetened with high fructose corn syrup gained significantly more weight than those given water sweetened with plain sugar, despite calorie intake being the same between both groups.
Princeton researchers also state: "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."
And what about those claims by the Corn Refiners Association that high fructose corn syrup is "no worse than sugar"? Well, let us get past the propaganda, and hear what an actual researcher has to say:
According to professor Bart Hoebel, who specializes in the neuroscience of appetite, weight and sugar addiction... "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 is not true, at least under the conditions of our tests. When rats are drinking high-fructose corn syrup at levels well below those in soda pop, they are becoming obese, every single one, across the board. Even when rats are fed a high-fat diet, you do not see this, they do not all gain extra weight."
Princeton researchers also noted that the high fructose corn syrup groups in the studies gained significant amounts of visceral fat around the belly. As you might know, visceral fat is more deadly than subcutaneous fat and is a serious health concern as it releases inflammatory molecules into your system.
One reason that high fructose corn syrup appears to cause more weight gain than plain sugar is that high fructose corn syrup does not trigger a leptin response in the body. This means that it will not signal the body to decrease appetite despite those high fructose corn syrup calories that were consumed.
Another reason that high fructose corn syrup affects our bodies differently is this... according to Princeton researchers, although high fructose corn syrup only has 10% more fructose than table sugar (55% fructose content vs. 50% fructose content in sugar), the fructose in high fructose corn syrup is more sinister... According to Princeton, "as a result of the manufacturing process for high-fructose corn syrup, the fructose molecules in the sweetener are free and unbound, ready for fast absorption and utilization. In contrast, every fructose molecule in sucrose that comes from cane sugar or beet sugar is bound to a corresponding glucose molecule and must go through an extra metabolic step before it can be utilized."
Aha... very interesting!
Well, I hope that is enough evidence for you to simply try to fully avoid high fructose corn syrup from now on. Again, this does not mean eating loads of table sugar is good for you either (that should be obvious), but these studies clearly show that high fructose corn syrup is at least one step WORSE for you than sugar. And you also know that high fructose corn syrup contributes to more abdominal fat, so with that said, why in the world would you ever want to touch another soda again!
You also now know that the deceptive advertisements by the Corn Refiners Association have basically been LYING to you with their propaganda that "high fructose corn syrup is no worse for you than sugar." Now you know the TRUTH![2CreateABody] › [Nutritional Health Articles] › Health and Unhealthy Condiments › High-Fructose Corn Syrup Lies