High Fructose Corn Syrup

High fructose corn syrup, sugar and several fruit juices are all nutritionally the same, according to Audrae Erickson, President, Corn Refiners Association. She says that High fructose corn syrup has the same number of calories as sugar and is handled similarly by the body.

The American Medical Association in June 2008 helped put to rest misunderstandings about this sweetener and obesity, stating that “high fructose syrup does not appear to contribute to obesity more than other caloric sweeteners.”

That last statement though, is the rub. If you really want to eat food with less calories, and better nutritional values, then it’s recommended to cut out the empty calories that come with ALL calorific sweeteners, including both regular sugar, and HFCS.

So TGFC still thinks it’s a good idea to avoid HFCS as part of a sensible diet regimen.

Those Favorite Brands

Take Ketchup. It’s all the same isn’t it? That supermarket own brand, tastes almost as good as Heinz, and it’s quite a bit less expensive.

“Mind you, I heard that Hunts Ketchup is full of that High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS), and I’m trying to cut back on that, as I’ve read it’s not good to consume, particularly when you’re trying to lose a few pounds, so I’ll avoid that one. On seconds thought, perhaps I’ll stick to Heinz. My mom bought that, and always swore by it – wouldn’t get anything else”.

You’d be wrong.

Heinz Ketchup is made with HFCS, like most other brands.

Why try an organic Ketchup? You might only take a little bit once in a while, but you can bet you’re kids take lashings of it, right? So do them a favor, and get something without the ubiquitous HFCS in.

Check the labels next time you’re in the supermarket, and you’ll be surprised how many ‘good’ brands contain way too much junk!

Fat Kids

A recently released study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that about 32 percent of children were overweight, 16 percent were obese, and 11 percent were extremely obese.

Meanwhile junk food companies continue to promote so-called healthy choices, such as diet sodas, and low-fat chips. Many cereal products are way less than healthy too, containing large amounts of sugar or the ubiquitous High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS).

Whatever the recent commercials from the corn industry might say about HFCS, the bottom line is that it’s still empty calories, and eating less calories is one way to lose weight. Quite simply, if you burn more calories than you take in, you’ll eventually lose some pounds.

HFCS – Bad Or Not?

There has recently been a big advertising campaign by the corn industry to try and convince people that High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) is as safe as food.

Well. two recent surveys have found mercury in many well known products that contain HFCS – such as Dr. Pepper, Hunts Tomato Ketchup, and Lipton Green Tea, amongst others.

It’s well to remember that HFCS contains mostly Fructose (hence the name) and NOT Sucrose, which is regular sugar, and that your body processes these in different ways.

Some people have found themselves to have a reaction to HFCS for this reason, in that it can irritate the digestive system in a way that sucrose does not.

Aside from the fact that regular sugar is a natural product, and HFCS isn’t, TGFC still recommends avoiding products containing HFCS. Better to be safe than sorry. While, you’re about it though, it’s always a good idea to cut back on regular sugar consumption too.

Throwback? Nostalgic Soda?

Perhaps we am too cynical, but this looks like a real heap of marketing BS to us.

With High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) having been in the news a great deal recently, as Americans become more concerned over health issues – particularly obesity, Pepsico are going to start selling Pepsi Throwback, and Mountain Dew Throwback in late April, according to Pepsico spokeswoman, Nicole Bradley. It is going to be a limited time offer into June.

They are going to market this as Throwback to give it a sense of authenticity, and to be true to the recipes of the 1960’s. They deny it’s anything to do with any health concerns over HFCS. Yeah, right, pull the other one, it’s got bells on.

When asked if consumers turn out to be very responsive to these ‘nostalgia’ drinks, would Pepsico change it’s mind about the limited time offer, the answer was “We’ll have to see”.

TGFC realizes that many people enjoy soda, but is still of the opinion that not drinking it at all, is the best way to help control any health and obesity concerns one might have.

The Generation Gap – Soda and Tobacco

Soft Drinks are the new tobacco.

“Soft drinks are linked to diabetes and obesity in the way that tobacco is to lung cancer,” says Barry Popkin, a nutrition specialist at the University of North Carolina. Barry is the author of an excellent new book,  “The World is Fat”

The average American drinks around 35 gallons of soda each year, and gets way more extra sugar from soda than from desserts.

Recent studies have shown that diabetes in America has grown four-fold in the last 30 years; that over 200,000 Americans die of diabetes related illnesses each year, and that it costs the nation over $200 billion dollars a year in health costs, lost work, care-giving and so on.

If you eat something, even something bad like a monster burger and large fries, at least you’re going to eat less later. Not so with soda. It’s calories that don’t in any way fill you up, they just overload your body with sugar, and give you hundreds of dead calories, and no nutrition at all.

Also many folks seem to have a reaction to the High Fructose Corn Syrup that goes into these products (at least in the United States). Drinking diet-free soda may not be a whole lot better, as the jury is still out on the effects of the various chemical sweeteners that are present in such products.