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Reasons To Avoid High Fructose Corn Syrup

June 9, 2007

The corn refiners association is under the gun from everyone from Oprah to the Economist. However, there is little to fear since most people don't read labels (you almost need a PhD to deceiper labels)

Corn syrup is a magic food:

(1) Your body can eat unlimited quantities and still feel hungry

(2) It tastes sweet

(3) Government subsidies make it so cheap that adding it to a food increases profit


(1) It's highly associated with Metabolic Syndrome which is a high increase in the risk of diabetes and heart disease

(2) It promotes the storage of fat, bigger waistlines

Although they taste sweet, Dr. Oz says food products that contain high fructose corn syrup should be avoided. Dr. Oz says the body processes the sugar in high-fructose corn syrup differently than it does old-fashioned cane or beet sugar, which in turn alters your body's natural ability to regulate appetite. "It blocks the ability of a chemical called leptin, which is the way your fat tells your brain it's there," says Dr. Oz. "It's not so much the 150 calories in the soda pop"it's the fact at that same meal you will normally consume an extra hundred calories of food than you would have."