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Thursday, August 9, 2012

Label say WHAT?!

I just love America and how we reach everywhere and anywhere to place blame.  One of my most recent encounters would be of the big debate of high fructose corn syrup.  As I'm doing some grocery shopping I see so many different labels saying "contains no high fructose corn syrup".   Ok?  However it still contains SUGAR!!!! The best part is that people are trying to blame high fructose corn syrup for obesity.  SUGAR IS SUGAR IS SUGAR!!!!!  No matter if it is table sugar or high fructose corn syrup or honey they all three contain the same calories and all need be consumed in MODERATION.  Ok so to get off my soap box..........

I wanted to share with you some fun facts about high fructose corn syrup so that you can go back to shopping and not just buy something because it says "contains no high fructose corn syrup"!  For example the ole peter pan peanut butter had that exact quote on it however it still contains 4 grams of sugar per serving......so it doesn't contain sugar from corn but it contains sugar from cane......like said before sugar should consumed in moderation no matter where the sugar comes from!

On to the fun facts:

  • High fructose corn syrup is not sweeter than sugar; and high fructose corn syrup, sugar and honey all contain the same number of calories (four calories per gram).
  • High fructose corn syrup and sugar are metabolized similarly by the body.
  • Many confuse pure “fructose” with “high fructose corn syrup.” Recent studies that have examined pure fructose have been inappropriately applied to high fructose corn syrup and have caused significant consumer confusion. High fructose corn syrup never contains fructose alone, but always in combination with a roughly equivalent amount of a second sugar (glucose).
  • The American Medical Association stated in June 2008 that “…high fructose syrup does not appear to contribute to obesity more than other caloric sweeteners…” And, the American Dietetic Association (ADA) concluded in December 2008 that “No persuasive evidence supports the claim that high fructose corn syrup is a unique contributor to obesity.”
  • High fructose corn syrup is made from corn, a natural grain product. High fructose corn syrup contains no artificial or synthetic ingredients or color additives and meets the FDA requirements for use of the term “natural.”
I got these fun facts from Corn.org  Check out the website for other great facts about corn!

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