Corn Syrup vs. Table Sugar

Diet Blog is all over an interesting study comparing how table sugar and corn syrup affect appetite. Check it out:
They took 31 young men and gave them various sugar blends - such as High Fructose Corn Syrup, table sugar, and other glucose and fructose blends.

All sugar mixtures had the exact same number of calories.

One and a half hours later, the men were told to eat as much pizza as they wish.

The outcome: There was no difference in food intake or reported appetite whether they consumed the corn syrup or table sugar. These results are similar
Now, they’re both garbage foods, but, it’s interesting nonetheless. Here Dr. Fuhrman talks about why sugar and corn syrup are bad. Take a look:
Regrettably, our human desire for sweets is typically satisfied by the consumption of products containing sugar, such as candy bars and ice cream—not fresh fruit. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration estimates that the typical American now consumes an unbelievable 32 teaspoons of added sugar a day.1 That’s right, in one day…

…Summarizing fifteen epidemiological studies, researchers concluded that diets containing refined grains and refined sweets were consistently linked to stomach and colon cancer, and at least twelve breast cancer studies connect low-fiber diets with increased risks.2 Eating a diet that contains a significant quantity of sugar and refined flour does not just cause weight gain, it also leads to an earlier death…

…Refined sugars include table sugar (sucrose), milk sugar (lactose), honey, brown sugar, high fructose corn syrup, molasses, corn sweeteners, and fruit juice concentrates. Even the bottled and boxed fruit juices that many children drink are a poor food; with no significant nutrient density, they lead to obesity and disease2…

…High fructose corn syrup is not only fattening, but this inexpensive and ultra-concentrated sugar has no resemblance to real food made by nature. It is another experiment thrust upon our unsuspecting children with unknown dangerous consequences.
Yuck to both of them! I don’t touch either of them anymore. All part of my…to be continued…soon!
1. Kantor, L. S. 1999. A dietary assessment of the U.S. food supply. Nutrition Week 29 (3): 4–5.

2. Jacobs, D. R., Jr., J. Slavin, and L. Marquart. 1995. Whole-grain intake and cancer: a review of the literature. Nutr. Cancer 24 (3): 221–29; Cohen, L. A. 1999. Dietary fiber and breast cancer. Anticancer Res. 19 (5A): 3685–88; Williams, G. M., C. L. Williams, and J. H. Weisburger. 1999. Diet and cancer prevention: the fiber first diet. Toxicol. Sci. 52 (2 supp.): 72–86; Gerber, M. 1998. Fibre and breast cancer. Eur. J. Cancer Prev. 7 (supp. 2): S630S67; La Vecchia, C., M. Ferranoni, S. Franceschi, et al. 1997. Fibers and breast cancer risk. Nutr. Cancer 28 (3): 264–69.

3. Dennison, B. A., H. L. Rockwell, and S. L. Baker. 1997. Excess fruit juice consumption by preschool-aged children is associated with short stature and obesity. Pediatrics 99: 15–22.
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Michael - December 5, 2007 11:27 AM

It's good to hear some sanity. I have heard people complain about the evils of HFCS, and then proclaim "I only eat pure cane sugar". I had a similar discussion in regards to fats with a friend. I told him eating avocado was much healthier than eating oil and he was telling me how fattening avocado was. Trying to explain the huge difference in calories and nutrients between nuts, seeds and avocado and oils seemed to be a waste of time.

LLouise - December 5, 2007 12:19 PM

Yeah, Michael, I hear this too. In fact, I used to say it :D. I used to think the Succanat and pure cane sugars were better; that brown rice syrup was better than corn syrup. Believed they were "natural" and they look it, don't they? Easy to believe what you want to when you're so attached to something.

I'm off of sugar, thanks to Dr. Fuhrman; I no longer have the cravings for them -- for 4 years now, no sugar -- since Eating To Live.

Jayson - December 5, 2007 12:34 PM

Yeah, I agree, once you get turned on to Eat To Live, read it, learn it, live it, its like going down the Rabbit Hole. Talking to people about it just seems to get nowhere sometimes, and until they experience the same thing its hard to relate.

I just try to set an example, that seems to be the most powerful demonstration.


Jayson - December 5, 2007 1:35 PM

Bread, I can relate, thats a tough one, its been the biggest obstacle in our house to tackle. Hard to squeeze time to make it, hard to find a decent brand to buy. The hand made natural ingredients breads are soo good they dont last long. Tough to justify in the budget sometimes.

My boy really likes pickles, I was on the lookout too and there are some brands that are HFCS free. Its kind of like jelly, cant believe they put HFCS in jelly even !

Kind of off topic, but being on the ETL diet shopping is not the same. Have you noticed when you go to the supermarket you find yourself in the produce and "healthfood" sections, shopping is faster/easier since there are less people in those areas :-) and secondly the rest of the supermarket is just a wasteland of toxic foods, taking up space. It had been so long since we have had anything non healthy, that my son, after overhearing a child ask for MnMs, he asked me what MnMs were ! lol. Needless to say I was pretty pleased when he asked !

LLouise - December 5, 2007 2:17 PM

Gerry, Cascadian Farms has a "lower sodium" pickle at 135 mg

Here are a few more you might find in your area:

Yes, sugar, and all it's forms, is EVIL! It is insidious.

That's great about your son, Jayson! Wow, not many parents can boast that. I remember eating a bag of Doritos chips and a bag of M&M's as my lunch in my first year of highschool! Ack!

Jayson - December 5, 2007 3:14 PM

Thanks L ! I was pretty much stunned/happy/proud when he asked, and at that moment realized how far our family has come in regards to healthy eating choices. Now if only I could get him to pick up his toys when hes done playing with !

Doritos were pretty much a staple a couple of years ago...thinking about how I ate back then, eek! I feel the urge to eat some fruit right now !

Jayson - December 5, 2007 3:52 PM

Lol....youve got us on the edge of our seat here ! Spill the beans !

Cynthia1770 - December 5, 2007 11:15 PM

Yes, HFCS has invaded our food supply.
Courtesy of the Corn Refiners Assoc.,
go to P29-30
lists all the foods and products that
contain HFCS. Some surprises even for
me: soups, dairy products, cough syrups. There is hope. lists HFCS-free foods. They welcome additions and suggestions. If you live
near a large city, try European import
stores. Europe does not allow GMO foods which safely eliminates HFCS.

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