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Obesity Epidemic Not Due to High Fructose Corn Syrup?

High Fructose Corn Syrup

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  • The new report, published in the International Journal of Obesity, says there is no evidence to suggest that the U.S. obesity epidemic can be blamed on HFCS consumption.
  • The authors reviewed existing HFCS research and claim there are no short-term health differences (such as weight gain, appetite, insulin or glucose levels) between the use of HFCS and sugar, noting that both are similar in composition and absorbed identically in the GI tract.
  • In reality, while both sugar and HFCS contain similar amounts of fructose, the fructose is metabolized differently. Also, fructose is treated very different than glucose in your body, and this is what makes it more likely to lead to obesity and obesity-related diseases.
  • The study’s authors were funded by, or have links to, the corn industry and food companies like Conagra and Pepsico -- a glaring conflict of interest, indicating the likelihood an industry-favoring bias was present when the study was conducted.

By Dr. Mercola

A staggering two-thirds of Americans are overweight, and about one-quarter to one-third of adults fall into the obese category and it is projected to go to FIFTY percent by 2030.


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