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1) According to the Corn Refiners Association, per capita U.S. consumption of high fructose corn syrup has gone from .5 pounds per year in 1970 to 59.2 pounds per year in 2005. Which also equate to 2 calories of hfcs consumed daily in 1970 to 200 caloires of hfcs consumed daily in 2005. SOURCE: Absolutely frightening.  --------------------------------------- 2) From LookSmart ( : "Refined Carbs and Soda Are Culprits. "We saw a huge upswing in total calories between 1980 and 1997, almost all of it from refined carbohydrates, particularly corn syrup sweeteners," says Lee Gross, M.D., lead researcher of the study. During … [Read more...]

Entertainment – TV Shows, Media, Hype, etc.

BOSTON LEGAL One episode of Boston Legal had the character Shirley Schmidt (Candice Bergen) bringing a lawsuit against a snack food company for contributing to the obesity of a client. Her biggest argument was about all of the research and information there is out there about high fructose corn syrup and about how this one snack food company just loaded its food with it. Her claim was that her client's satiety level was blocked so successfully that he had to keep eating and eating in order just to feel a little bit full. She claimed also that this snack food company had to be aware of the dangers of hfcs but went ahead and used it anyway. It never showed the case actually going to court beyond going in front of the judge to see … [Read more...]

The Debate

The biggest debate about hfcs, as far as the general public is concerned, seems to have to do with whether a calorie is just a calorie. Is a calorie just a calorie? Or are different calories processed different ways by the body? ONE SIDE OF THE DEBATE: If you eat a candy bar with 200 calories, it doesn't matter if the calories came from sugar or high fructose corn syrup. It's "sugar" either way. THE OTHER SIDE OF THAT DEBATE: It does matter whether it's sugar or HFCS to your body and here's why: If it's sugar, your body will use some of the energy from the sugar in the candy bar, metabolize what it can, then send the rest to the liver (if there is anything left over) and the leftovers will turn to fat. If it's high fructose corn … [Read more...]

President’s Cancer Panel Recommendations

The President's Cancer Panel recommends "limiting subsidies promoting production of high-fructose corn syrup." Story is here. … [Read more...]

Health Info About HFCS

Excellent Study with tons of information about high fructose corn syrup, diabetes, liver and pancreas function and more. Especially interesting is the study on its effect on insuling and leptin: Consumption of high-fructose corn syrup in beverages may play a role in the epidemic of obesity. … [Read more...]

Home Made Barbecue Sauce

· 1 28-oz can tomato puree · 1 cup apple cider vinegar · 2 tablespoons honey · 4 tablespoons brown sugar · 1 tablespoon grey poupon mustard · 1 tsp sea salt · 1 tablespoon paprika · 1/2 tsp garlic powder · 2 cups water Combine all ingredients and bring to a boil, stirring often. Lower heat to a very low simmer for 2 hours (or until sauce thickens to the consistency you want it), stirring occasionally. … [Read more...]

Study On Effects Of High Fructose Corn Syrup

An extremely odd study on the effects of high fructose corn syrup on hunger and satiety was released by the University of Washington late last week. The gist of the study was that they had 37 people drink soda pop in the morning - some drank soda pop that was sweetened with hfcs and others drank soda pop that was with sweetened with sugar. Hours and hours after this, the subjects took part in an "all you can eat" lunch buffet and all consumed virtually the same number of calories. I have approximately 3 problems with this study (maybe more, once I dig into it). The first is that the purported problem with hfcs is that your body does not process it when it should, in a timely manner, thus WHILE you are having a soda pop with your meal, … [Read more...]

Fat Cows | Fat Human Beings

According to this article, "...subsidies encourage commodity growers to plant an oversupply of low-priced corn and soy, which is processed into high-calorie high-fructose corn syrup and soybean oil and fed to feedlot animals bound for burgerville." Why does the health department preach moderation and then seemingly force-feed us an over-abundance of high-calorie/low nutritive food? Why is virtually EVERYTHING corn-based in one way or another? Why does nearly everything have to have high-fructose corn syrup in it? Why has soy been shoved down our throats as well (literally - but that's a whole other subject I will take on when I start my food stuff blog)? The article above raises a lot more questions than it answers, but they are good … [Read more...]

Potential Class Action Lawsuit Against Snapple re: HFCS

This article, in the July 6, 2007 edition of The Star Ledger in New Jersey, says that a pending lawsuit is over Snapple's claim that their fruit drinks and teas are "all natural." In fact, they contain high fructose corn syrup. The article says, " 'The representation that something is all natural, as far as we're concerned, requires the product be all natural,' said East Brunswick attorney Philip Tortoreti, who filed the complaint on behalf of Morganville resident Stacy Holk. 'And high-fructose corn syrup is not all natural.' " Snapple is owned by Cadbury Scheppes, which is currently trying to sell their beverage division entirely, in order to concentrate on confectionaries. … [Read more...]

Congratulations to Franz!

Franz has produced the first product I've seen which proudly announces "No High Fructose Corn Syrup." Making it easier for those of us looking for such products! I hope this is a coming trend (I expect it will be.) I, for one, will more readily buy products which clearly state they have no hfcs so that I don't have to waste my time looking at the ingredients for that information. … [Read more...]