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High-Fructose Corn Syrup May be Linked with Liver Disease and Metabolic Syndrome

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PepsiCo, Snapple, Con Agra and Kraft all have one thing in common. They are all removing high-fructose corn syrup from some of their products.

According to a research team in Princeton, ongoing intake of high-fructose corn syrup causes substantial increases in body fat, especially abdominal fat which is also known as adipose fat. Other studies have found a correlation between HFCS and liver disease.

In addition, Duke University Medical Center researchers reported that a high intake of HFCS may be linked with liver scarring (fibrosis) for patients who have non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). Metabolic syndrome and liver injury may be a result of long-term consumption of high-fructose corn syrup.

Dr. Joe Mercola says, "While HFCS has about the same amount of fructose as cane sugar, what they fail to mention is that the fructose in HFCS is in its 'free' form and not attached to any other carbs.

"The fructose in fruits and in cane sugar is bonded to other sugars which results in a decrease in its metabolic toxicity."


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Research can be confusing. Please consider what nutrition experts have to say about the Princeton study before accepting the results.

“So, I’m skeptical. I don’t think the study produces convincing evidence of a difference between the effects of HFCS and sucrose on the body weight of rats. I’m afraid I have to agree with the Corn Refiners on this one. So does HFCS make rats fat? Sure if you feed them too many calories altogether. Sucrose will do that too.” Marion Nestle, Ph.D., Paulette Goddard Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies and Public Health, New York University http://cli.gs/Jrsys

“This study is poorly designed and poorly controlled and does not prove or even suggest that HFCS is more likely to lead to obesity than sucrose [table sugar].” Karen Teff, Ph.D., Associate Director, Institute for Diabetes, Obesity & Metabolism, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine http://bit.ly/bkD52b

Duke University incorrectly singled out high fructose corn syrup as being responsible for scarring in the liver and other liver diseases, when the underlying study reviewed dietary intake of fructose containing beverages – not high fructose corn syrup.

Fructose has not been proven to be a cause of NAFLD in humans, and NAFLD subjects are compromised individuals with significant health problems which have very little to do with fructose intake.

This study unnecessarily confuses consumers about the impact of dietary fructose, let alone high fructose corn syrup. Fructose, or “fruit sugar,” is safe and is commonly found in fruits, vegetables, fruit juices, table sugar, honey, high fructose corn syrup, and maple syrup.

You can also learn more about high fructose corn syrup at www.SweetSurprise.com.

Audrae Erickson, Corn Refiners Association

April 28, 2010 - 2:22pm
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