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Posted by on May 24, 2010

Get All The Facts

The Corn Refiners Association omits facts in an attempt to make high-fructose corn syrup seem as safe as sugar.

The Corn Refiners Association released an advertisement in which a guy and girl are discussing high-fructose corn syrup. The point of  this commercial is to convince the audience that high-fructose corn syrup is just as safe to consume as sugar. Unfortunately they did not give all of the health facts around high-fructose corn syrup, making their commercial a message of propaganda aimed only at increasing sales and disregarding their responsibility to accurately informing their consumers.

Fortunately, someone decided to set the Corn Refiners Association straight by creating their own video. This rebuttal takes place in the same setting as the original, but it mention the adverse health effects of high-fructose corn syrup. Watch both videos, (Posted below) and use this as an example of how important it is to research the facts and not take all information at face value.

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Facts about high-fructose corn syrup:

High-fructose corn syrup has replaced pure sugar in many American products, including, Coca Cola and Pepsi products, cake mixes, cookies, breakfast cereals, etc. The reason for the transition from pure cane sugar to high-fructose corn syrup is because the US government subsidized the corn industry to produce this product in specialized factories around the United States. The production of high-fructose corn syrup is surprisingly not cost prohibitive to consumers because of the high tariffs placed on imported cane sugar by the United States.

Many people are concerned about the health affects high-fructose corn syrup has, including obesity and diabetes. High-fructose corn syrup has more fructose content than regular sugars, roughly 55% fructose and 45% glucose. This concentration of fructose is not natural, and diabetics and other individuals who have to monitor their blood sugar levels may not receive accurate glycemic readings after they ingest high fructose corn syrup. Because many sodas and processed foods are made with high-fructose corn syrup, regular consumption of these products has the potential to increase obesity and promote conditions like type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and coronary artery disease.

Finally, remember that no matter what foods you eat or diets you follow, moderation is always key. So far, research has shown conflicted results over this debate. In order to make the best diet decisions for you and your family it is important to educate yourself with information from several different resources, not just one commercial that shows one side’s view. I have attached a few links that you can follow for more information on high-fructose corn syrup, what it is, why it is used and other health concerns.

http://www.almightydad.com/fitness-nutrition/high-fructose-corn-syrup-the-facts

http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-high-fructose-corn-syrup.htm

http://www.sweetsurprise.com/

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/high-fructose-corn-syrup/an01588

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