The Corn Refiners Association (CRA) seemingly takes exception to any suggestion that High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) is in any way to blame for the increase in Child diabetes in the United States.
The CRA loves to quote the American Medical Association (AMA) as saying that HFCS doesn’t appear to contribute more to obesity to other caloric sweeteners (such as regular sugar, for example).
However, The AMA also recommends a daily limit of 32 grams of such sweeteners. The average can of soda contains 40 grams of HFCS.
So even if HFCS in itself does no more harm than other sweeteners, we can’t get away from the fact that the average American consumes far more sweeteners of all kinds than is recommended by the AMA – over 500% more. As practically all processed food products contain HFCS, it is a major contributor to obesity, and diabetes in the USA.
The best way forward is to cut out processed foods altogether. Eat fresh fruit, vegetables, meat, pasta, diary, beans and whole grains. Check anything in a carton, box, or packet though to be sure of what you are actually eating.
Cutting out processed foods, and sweeteners, including HFCS, cannot do any harm.
A new study has shown that if Americans reduced their salt intake by half a
teaspoon each day, it would result in 6% fewer new cases of heart disease, and 3% fewer deaths. Although it’s been known for some time that increased sodium intake is a leading cause of hypertension leading to heart disease, salt consumption is up about 50% since the 1970s.
The average American eats 10-12 grams of salt daily, or up to 4,800 milligrams of sodium. The recommended maximum level is about half of this.
One major problem with reducing salt consumption is the amount of processed food products that Americans eat, that contain high levels of salt and Monosodium Glutamate, rather than the salt shaker on the dining room table.
It’s another reason to eat less processed food, and more fresh food cooked at home.