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Corn syrup not to blame for nation’s obesity

January 27, 2013


By Cindy
National Corn Growers Association

In 2012, Americans consumed less high fructose corn syrup per person than they have since 1997. Dieters, who have become increasingly conscious of calories in HFCS sweetened beverages such as soda, have dropped their HFCS consumption but not the extra weight.

Levels of obesity continue to grow despite waning HFCS consumption? How could this be when pseudoscientists such as the great Oz have prattled on endless about the evils of corn sugar?

This week, public health and nutrition expert Marion Nestle gave a simple, concise explanation. Noting that the attention paid to obesity has had a negative impact on HFCS consumption, she pointed out dieters need to reduce their overall sweetener consumption to see a real impact.

“A lot of attention has been paid to obesity, and that’s hurt high-fructose corn syrup,” said Nestle. “Now, if only people weren’t making up for it by eating more sugar.”

In short, the truth about sweeteners is quite simple. Sugar is sugar whether it is from corn, cane or beat.

This academic, fact-based approach to nutrition does not offer dieters the same sweet solution that demonizing a single food does, it does offer results. Thoughtful, deliberate moderation does work, whether one needs to drop another pants size or drop the fad diet fluff.

  
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Bob Clark January 27, 2013

There’s the old adage: “don’t eat sweets before super. It’ll kill your appetite.” It’s actually less hazardous as a whole if government stays the heck out of telling us what to eat and drink. What works for some doesn’t work for others when it comes to eating and drinking. We have varied dna accumulated from eons of different environments. The Government’s one-size fits all approaches are hazardous to our health and pocket book.
Personally, I eat mainly chocolate and exercise; and with nearly 60 years of living experience this way, it seems to kill my appetite enough to keep me from being over weight and without (knock on wood) major health problems.

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