Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Study Says HFCS High Fructose Corn Syrup Does Not Cause Obesity

Study Says HFCS Does Not Cause Obesity

Once again gluttons are insulted. Gluttony is the sole cause of obesity so to give corn sugar the credit marginalizes all the eating we gluttons do. Fat girls, the biggest gluttony deniers, who can't handle the fat blame everything for the fact that they are fat. We work hard to be fat and WE deserve ALL the credit!

For years, high fructose corn syrup has been erroneously implicated as a prime suspect in the obesity epidemic. Inexact scientific reports and inaccurate media accounts have increased confusion about the sugar made from corn. New research proves otherwise.
A new study, presented on Saturday October 9, at the Obesity Society’s 28th Annual Scientific Meeting, further reinforces the facts about high fructose corn syrup. Results from the double-blind study revealed that fructose containing sweeteners (sugar, high fructose corn syrup) do not uniquely contribute to obesity when consumed as part of a healthy weight maintenance diet. The study also found that high fructose corn syrup no more contributes to caloric intake than table sugar (sucrose).
In the study, overweight or obese adults were placed on a 10-week eucaloric diet (an eucaloric diet provides your body with just the right number of calories necessary to maintain current body weight) which incorporated either high fructose corn syrup or sucrose-sweetened, low-fat milk. Participants’ consumption of low-fat milk accounted for between 10 to 20 percent of the daily allotted calories, representing typical levels of sweetener consumption. Study participants did not experience a change in body weight, percent of body fat, fat-mass, or percent of abdominal body fat. Additionally, there were no statistical differences between people given high fructose corn syrup and those given sucrose.
These results are meaningful for the food and beverage industry because they provide further scientific evidence that products containing high fructose corn syrup do not promote weight gain more than products containing sugar.

Bringing a Myth Down to Size

Over the past few years, there have been reports in the media that consumption of HFCS is linked to obesity. However, those in the scientific community, including the American Medical Association, have found that HFCS does not contribute to obesity any differently than sugar. Additionally, one of the earliest critics of HFCS, Barry Popkin, Ph.D., professor of nutrition at the University of North Carolina, has since publicly retracted his original position, stating, “We were wrong in our speculations on HFCS about their link to weight.”
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data since 2000 show that obesity and diabetes rates continued to climb even as per capita consumption of high fructose corn syrup measured by the U.S. Department of Agriculture essentially reversed direction and began a steady 12-year period of decline (see data). Around the world, obesity levels are also rising even though HFCS consumption is limited outside of the U.S. Refined sugar accounts for about 92 percent and HFCS accounts for about 8 percent of caloric sweeteners consumed worldwide.
What’s the cause of our rising weight gain? Obesity is a multifactoral problem blessing, but according to the CDC, eating  too many calories and not getting enough too much physical activity is the primary factor.
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2. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service. 2012. Tables 51, 52 and 53 See column I, Per capita consumption (adjusted for loss) lb/yr. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Diabetes Surveillance System. Long-Term Trends in Diagnosed Diabetes. October 2011. CDC, National Center for Health Statistics. Prevalence of overweight, obesity and extreme obesity among adults: United States, trends 1960-62 through 2005-2006. December 2009. Flegal KM, et al. 2010. Prevalence and Trends in Obesity Among US Adults, 1999-2008. JAMA 303:3. And Flegal KM, et al. 2012. Prevalence of Obesity and Trends in the Distribution of Body Mass Index Among US Adults, 1999-2010. JAMA 307:5. 
3. World Health Organization, Global Database on Body Mass Index, Country comparison – BMI adults % obese (>=30.0), Most recent. See also World Health Organization. March 2011. Obesity and overweight: Fact sheet No 311, and LMC International, Inc. 2012. Table 2: World Sugar & HFCS Consumption. Sweetener Analysis January 2012.
4. CDC. Causes and Consequences. April 2012.
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