Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Good Advice, Despite Source

The Corn Refiners Association wants us to know that, nutritionally speaking, high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) isn't the villain it's made out to be.

The association, whose members produce more than 23.5 billion pounds of high-fructose corn syrup a year, has mounted a campaign to spread the word that the sweetener is no worse for people than sugar or honey.

The CRA has been running ads to drive its point home; it also has ginned up a survey showing that moms sending kids back to school worry about the wrong things in terms of nutrition, fingering things such as HFCS instead of looking at overall calorie consumption.

I hate to admit it -- and don't get me wrong, I don't think corn syrup is health food or that the industry has anything but its own best interests in mind -- but I think the group is right on this one. The American Medical Association in June issued a report saying there's not enough evidence to prove that HFCS contributes to overweight, obesity or diabetes any more than other sweeteners. (The report does note that more research is needed.)

-- Jennifer Huget

alternatively wrote:

you could just switch to products that don't have the HFCS. Naturally sweetened jelly and juice is easy to find if you check the label before you buy it.

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