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High-Fructose Corn Syrup Not to Blame?

New research is trying to claim that high-fructose corn syrup isn’t the nemesis of weight-loss and health we all believe it to be. Kyung M. Song of The Seattle Times reports:
People who drank the three sweetened colas in the morning said they felt equally full. At lunch, they all consumed similar numbers of calories.

A likely explanation is that once inside the body, the different sweeteners are indistinguishable, Pablo Monsivais, nutritional-sciences research fellow at the UW and the lead author of the report, said. The sugar in acidic beverages, such as cola, split into glucose and fructose molecules just as high-fructose corn syrup does.

But the experiment also turned up several dietary side notes worth exploring.

Subjects who drank the milk ate the smallest lunches. On the other hand, the people who had diet cola or drank nothing at all ate the biggest meals, presumably because they were hungrier.

But when researchers added up all the calories consumed from both the morning beverage and the lunch, subjects who drank diet cola or nothing consumed as many as 15 percent fewer calories than the other groups.

In short, people who had milk or the colas with sugar or syrup ate less at lunch, but not so much less that it balanced the calories they got from their morning drinks.
Don’t be fooled. Dr. Fuhrman considers high-fructose corn syrup (or HFCS) a real dangerous food and one that should be avoided. He talks about it in Disease-Proof Your Child:
HFCS 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. Besides sugar, corn syrup, and chemicals, these drinks often contain caffeine, an addictive stimulant. Children crave more and more as they get older. By adolescence most children have become soft-drink addicts. It is no surprise that six out of the seven most popular soft drinks contain caffeine.
And as for milk, check out this previous post: Cow's Milk and Kids Aren't Made for Each Other.
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Michael - July 12, 2007 3:11 PM

HFCS may be junk-food, but it amazes me how some say "I eliminated HFCS from my diet, now I only use products with pure cane sugar!", as if any of the other sweeteners are not junk food. I have a hard time believing there is much difference between any of the concentrated sweeteners.

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