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This article titled The buzz on corn syrup, appeared in a Cadillac, Michigan news site highlighting one woman’s experience of developing a food allergy of products containing corn syrup.  She now drives to a natural foods market to shop for food.

Also, lots of nicely organized Q&As and points for reference from Eric Wald, of the University of Michigan MFIT community health promotions department:

Advantages of high fructose corn syrup, according to the Corn Refiners Association, are:

– Cost. HFCS is cheaper than table sugar
– Pourability. The freezing point of HFCS is lower, so juice and beverage concentrates sold in the freezer case can be poured from their cans or containers and are easier to mix with water.
– Softness and browning. HFCS gives baked goods, cakes, cookies and granola bars a soft, moist texture and helps them brown nicely.
– Flavor enhancement. Taste buds detect the sweetness of HFCS earlier than table sugar, making the natural flavors of spices, citrus and fruit flavors stand out.
– Freshness and stability. HFCS extends shelf life, inhibits spoilage and helps maintain the flavor of sweetness of canned fruits, soft drinks and other sweetened beverages, ketchup and fruit preserves.

High-fructose corn syrup statistics:

– It became a food ingredient during the 1970s after the technology for making it was developed.
– Since the 1970s the amount of HFCS in foods and beverages has soared. The average American’s daily calorie intake from HFCS was 205 calories in 2003 – up from two calories in 1970, according to the USDA.
– The relatively low cost of HFCS enables food companies to supersize food portions – especially soft drinks – for little cost, increasing profits and perceived value for customers.
– Some research suggests HFCS may cause changes in metabolism that hinder appetite control, increase blood triglyceride levels or increase risk of diabetes and colorectal cancer. However, there isn’t enough evidence to draw conclusions at this point.

Link to Article: The buzz on corn syrup

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The annual ‘Liver Meeting’ of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases which took place October in Boston reported results linking high intake of sugar (specifically fructose) to liver disease.

“The research team concluded that consumption of high fructose can have negative effects on liver through overfeeding, as well as damage the liver by inducing increased oxidative stress.”

Link to AASLD press release: Liver Damage Caused by Refined Sugars

Link to Reuters news coverage: Sugar intake may hurt liver

This well done piece of investigative journalism about the international agri-business named ADM headquartered in the Midwest, by a resident of the Midwest follows the money, using the theme of a Church Lady skit she shows “How conveeeeeenient!”

“Looking at their contributions between 1990 and 2006,  they gave a total of $7,778,389, with 57% going to the Republicans, 43% going to the Democrats. However, unlike many big donors they gave much more ($1,970,060) in contributions in 2002 mid-term elections than they did in the presidential election year 2004 ($102,175). The reason? The 2002 farm bill. ADM knows what it is doing.”

“Unfortunately, we can’t afford $2mil in campaign contributions for each farm bill to turn things around. We just vote. We’re just citizens. What do we count? (Diebold, don’t answer that.)”

Link to : ePluribus Media – citizen journalism

The Maine Technologies Institute recently awarded a $248,710 grant to Gladstone’s Under the Sun (a socially responsible company and Maine based natural snack foods manufacturer) to test an alternative to high-fructose corn syrup.  Made from drying wild blueberries and cranberries, the sweetener would also reportedly increase self life.

Link to Website: Gladstone’s Under the Sun

Link to MTI Announcement: Maine Technologies Institute

This cute article hopefully lightens the atmosphere of all these other posts I’ve made to get the word out about high-fructose corn syrup.

Bella – the 5 year old who’s face appears on Bellas Cookies is running for office, and her cookie campaign is to get back our “cookie roots”.  It’s a campaign plan for all children to expect excellence from their cookies!

“NO trans fats, NO hydrogenated oils, NO artificial coloring or flavoring, NO preservatives, NO high fructose corn syrup and NO refined sugar”

Link to Article:  5 Year Old Announces Candidacy

This article discusses the differences in the American diet today versus early-1900s, and how our SAD diet not only is causing new health problems for Americans, but the new diet is spreading to other cultures who are just as unable to process these new high levels of sugar in everything being sold in supermarkets around the world.

“The average American consumes an astounding two to three pounds of sugar each week. Sugar consumption has gone from only five pounds per year in 1900 to the current level of 135 pounds per person per year, and Jamaicans are closely following this trend.”

Link to Article: Sugar, a sweet poison

Great article introducing Anna Lappe’s new book Grub.

“We’ve collectively been the guinea pigs for a totally radical experimental diet.  ….  It’s not hyperbole to say it’s killing people.”

“They used to call Type 2 diabetes ‘adult onset diabetes’ because kids didn’t get it.  Now the Centers for Disease Control predicts that as many as one in three children being born today will become diabetic.”

Link to Article: Food and the Body Politic

The Corn Refiners are holding their position that corn syrup is the same as sugar with all sorts of pretty benefits like brown bread and brown soft drinks.  Of course this brown stuff is what keeps them ‘in the black’.  But one politician recently called high-fructose corn syrup, the “crack of sweetners”.

Dr. Barry Popkin, professor of nutrition at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill is quoted saying:

“We really should be studying it more. … They don’t like to study adverse effects.  If we thought HFCS had huge benefits, if it prevented cancer, then we’d be studying it.”

Link to Article:  Sweetner Lowdown

An absolutely stunning article with several sides of the high-fructose corn syrup and obesity connection.  Farmers are frustrated, consumers are frustrated (and uneducated), doctors are frustrated, yet the ADM and Monsanto’s of the world are still finding novel new ways to process our over-abundance of corn.

Link to Article: Value Added Agriculture…

Here’s an abstract from a study recently conducted at Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

“Strieber notes that the ingestion of soft drinks and processed foods, which are mostly sweetened with high-fructose corn syrup rather than sugar itself, may be contributing to higher intakes of carbohydrates than most people know about, and leading to greater risks of Alzheimer’s.”

Link to Article:  Alzheimer’s Maybe Diet-Related

With a headline that reads like something from the National Enquirer, Drinking water … man shed pounds, this article is kinda funny in a way.  A man near Houston has lost significant weight by drinking water with his meals instead of whatever else he was drinking.  That’s not the shocking part.

Link to Article: Drinking water … man shed pounds

Frances Moore Lappé had a few things to say at Cornell recently about some accountability for the economic focus on the highest return to existing wealth.  But she’s not just talking about money, she’s talking about how there’s enough food to feed the world.  We’re just not doing it.

“Who asked for Fruit Loops?” Her answer: CEOs of food conglomerates who benefit economically from taking the good things like fiber out of food and putting in what humans do not need, such as high fructose corn syrup, trans fat and salt.

Link to Article: The Cornell Daily Sun

This Harvard Letter links high-fructose corn syrup (the leading ingredient in soft drinks) with obesity.

“Over the past 20 years or so, Americans have developed quite the sweet tooth, with an annual consumption of sweeteners at about 100 pounds per person. During these same years, many more Americans—particularly children—have become overweight and obese. Added sweeteners, such as high-fructose corn syrup, may be one of the major reasons.”

Link to Article: Newswise

High-fructose corn syrup isn’t the first glimpse of trouble in farm land.  Food editor Ruth Reichl layed a few highlights out for the press.

“Secondly, there’s the 2007 Farm Bill, which “may be the single most important piece of legislation impacting our lives,” since “it subsidizes the wrong kind of food,” such as corn, which is used to produce high-fructose corn syrup, a common sweetener, and milk loaded with hormones and antibiotics.”

Link to Article: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

This piece in the NY Times was written by an editor coming back from summer vacation in the land of farmer’s markets and returning to the urban supermarket.  Trying to stay on task for the nutrition among all the processed supermarket food:

“Many, many products, including surprising ones like Thomas’ English Muffins, didn’t even make it into my cart because high-fructose corn syrup, vegetable shortening or both were listed high on the ingredients lists.”

I was surprised too when I discovered that I could no longer feel comfortable buying Thomas’ English Muffins.

Link to Article: In Search of Grocery Gems

The 7Up campaign is raising lots of red flags thankfully.

Here’s another blogger who is entraged at the corporate lies that are so obvious to educated Americans.

“While I may not be a scientist or a dietician, I’ve read my share of health and diet books. One of my favorites, You: The Owner’s Manual points out that HFCS “inhibits leptin [the chemical that tells your body you’re full] secretion” while simultaneously “not shutting off ghrelin [the chemical that makes you hungry].” (194)

This is a great article bridging some gaps in the thinking about why Americans are just so much more un-healthy than the rest of the world by middle age.

“Isn’t it possible that the higher rates of diabetes and heart disease are caused by an excessive use of sugar, or HFCS?”

“It’s all very well for governments to encourage megalithic food processors and the agri-business to grow, create and promote foods that are better for our health. But until they impose restrictions upon them, or punish them for foods whose nutritional value is not as high as it could be, nothing will change. With the industrial food complex as rich and powerful as it is, what government is likely to do that?”

Link to Article: United Press International

Audrae Erickson (President, Corn Refiners Association) writes in response to the article posted in The Rebel Yell:

“First and foremost, HFCS is a safe, natural, nutritive sweetener. Since 1983, the Food and Drug Administration has listed HFCS as “Generally Recognized as Safe” (known as GRAS status) for use in food.”

Yes, and as far back as I can remember we have experienced some pretty major mistakes when it came to US goverment agencies (specifically FDA) making safety claims before all the facts were in.

Link to Feedback: The Rebel Yell

Discussing how greeing your home can be followed by greening your diet.  This op-ed piece makes this statement about HFCS:

“The government’s Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends we eat more plant-based diets, but the government hasn’t adopted supportive policies. At the very least the federal government should stop subsidizing foods harmful to health and the environment and start subsidizing healthy foods.
    The government sprinkles corn farmers with several billion dollars a year not to put corn on the cob on your plate, but to provide cheap feed for livestock and cheap high-fructose corn syrup for soda makers.”

Link to Article: Salt Lake Tribune

Accidental Hedonist is maintaining a list of foods containing high-fructose corn syrup to help those who have chosen to eliminate HFCS from their diets to avoid these foods.

Post your own comments or add to the list.

Link to Site: Accidental Hedonist

The Center for Science in the Public Interest threatened to sue 7Up over advertising that shows the soft drink, which is sweetened with high-fructose corn syrup, being handled like fresh produce.

“Pretending that soda made with high fructose corn syrup is ‘all natural,’ is just plain old deception,” said CSPI executive director Michael F. Jacobson. “High fructose corn syrup isn’t something you could cook up from a bushel of corn in your kitchen, unless you happen to be equipped with centrifuges, hydroclones, ion-exchange columns, and buckets of enzymes.”

Link to Article: USA Today
Link to Center for Science in the Public Interest
Link to Washington Post Blog: Washington Post

Kids’ eating habits were up for discussion by about 120 people at the Back to School With Better Food Conference, which was sponsored by the Westchester Coalition for Better School Food.

Nutritionist Geri Brewster encouraged parents to not serve food that contain high-fructose corn syrup, among other artificial sweeners.

Link to Article: The Journal News

Wednesday Archer Daniels Midland Co. (ADM) the world’s largest producer of HFCS announced Mexico agreed to buy 250,000 tons of U.S. HFCS in 2006 and 500,000 tons in 2007.  ADM expects even higher tonage in 2008 when the market becomes open-market.

Link to Article: Reuters

This article from The Rebel Yell, titled “Rebel Health: High fructose corn syrup, the hidden enemy,” covers some of the leading health issues with HFCS.

– Obesity (fructose increases hunger so you eat more)
– Diabetes (body does not properly use insulin)

“What can you do? Read the ingredients on packaged food before buying it. Many organic and health conscious brands do not use the substance.Look for brands that use pure cane sugar instead of HFCS. In the end, your gut may thank you.High fructose corn syrup spurs our economy and reaps sweet benefits for manufacturers, but is the bitter effect the substance has on your health worth it? You decide.”

Link to Article: The Rebel Yell