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    From the article :


    ""Consumers are being misled into thinking that there are nutritional differences between high fructose corn syrup and sugar, when in fact they are nutritionally the same," said Audrae Erickson, president of the Corn Refiners Association. "Whether from cane, beets, or corn, a sugar is a sugar. They all contain four calories per gram. Switching out a kind of corn sugar for table sugar is not for health and it is not for science. It is for quarterly earnings. It is unfortunate that consumers are being duped by these marketing gimmicks – gimmicks which may result in higher food prices at checkout," Erickson said."


    Thoughts?

    “Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future.” -Oscar Wilde
    "The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it." -George Bernard Shaw
    "The trouble with jogging is that the ice falls out of your glass." -Martin Mull

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    The answer is in your post; "said Audrae Erickson, PRESIDENT of the CORN REFINERS ASSociation"


    Hardly an independent 3rd party

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      I know. I am just so disgusted...

      “Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future.” -Oscar Wilde
      "The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it." -George Bernard Shaw
      "The trouble with jogging is that the ice falls out of your glass." -Martin Mull

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        I can remember very clearly back to my third grade teacher and the lesson of reading between the lines. It's amazing the "studies" that are done and that the public will take these things at face value just because the words "research" and/or "study" is mentioned. Not long ago, there was a "study" done about the harmful effects of red meat. Meanwhile, it was so full of holes that it could never be taken as scientific evidence. Yet, there it was glowing on every search engines' homepage as breaking news.

        HFCS is the devil. So is sugar. She does have a point, though, when she mentions the gimmick about sugar. All the sudden, it's being considered health food because it is more natural than HFCS! It's still sugar, people!

        It makes me CRAZY!

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          Hey, lean chicken breast and fish only have 4 calories per gram also so really there's no difference between HFCS and lean protein in terms of the health benefit. I mean a bag of skittles and a tilapia filet both have the same number of calories per gram so their pretty much equivalent from a nutritional standpoint.

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            Skittle encrusted tilapia. I think you should call TGI Fridays, you have their next menu item.

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              I am terribly appalled by the lack of intellectual curiosity of a huge part of the scientific and medical community. I see how someone who has no knowledge about physiology or science, or has had no exposure to information questioning the CW embraces current nutritional paradigms and to follows them.


              But policy makers?? Doctors?? I understand some skepticism about whole grains. But, for F*&Ks sake, isn't policy supposed to be grounded on quality research?? How hard is it to make a connection between refined sugars and bad health????????

              “Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future.” -Oscar Wilde
              "The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it." -George Bernard Shaw
              "The trouble with jogging is that the ice falls out of your glass." -Martin Mull

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                Her statement rings true --- added sugar is added sugar no matter what form. HFCS, table sugar, honey, agave nectar, apple juice concentrate......


                I am sure there are differences in the fructose/glucose make up and the process used to manufacture them. But in the end adding sugar is not the best idea even CW agrees with that.

                It's grandma, but you can call me sir.

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                  On the surface that shill is correct. Hey, sucrose is fructose and glucose, just like HFCS, right?


                  Yeah, just like I'm a dead ringer for Charles Atlas because we are both men.


                  The best report on HFCS and Agave is undoubtably this one: http://www.westonaprice.org/modernfood/HFCSAgave.pdf It's a big file, BTW, but very readable. And check out the copy of the ad from the American Soda Pop board or something answering the burning question of motherhood, "When should I start giving my child cola?"


                  Anyway, one of the things mentioned as to why HFCS might indeed be worse I have only heard once elsewhere. It seems that the molecule is a mirror image of real sugar, left handed construction instead of right. And just like your right hand doesn't fit well in a left hand glove, your liver isn't real good about HFCS. "Whoa, WTF is THIS molecule?"


                  Note that one of the authors is Sally Fallon, who has worked closely with Dr. Mary Enig on coconut, saturated fats, and diet generally. Good stuff.

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                    "When should I start giving my child cola?" -- 82. This one drives me crazy. I see it all the time. Kids who can barely walk sipping coke cans. I want to take it from them and slap their parents.

                    It's grandma, but you can call me sir.

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                      Mountain Dew Mouth


                      Is PepsiCo being held accountable? Apparently not.

                      “Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future.” -Oscar Wilde
                      "The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it." -George Bernard Shaw
                      "The trouble with jogging is that the ice falls out of your glass." -Martin Mull

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                        Serial, you are being quite naive if you think for once second that quality research has anything to do with policy. Politicians and bureaucrats alike are interested in two things power and money.


                        Look at global warming, weather or not you believe its cause is anthropogenic the bandwagon is choc full of people making and trying to make a buck from it.


                        It goes back to your original post regarding the credentials of the quoted. S/he stand to gain by having policy changed; I'm willing to bet there are plenty of senators, congressman and some hacks at the FDA who have invested in corn and they would like to see legislation passed in favor of equality for all sugars. You are for nutritional equality, right?

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                          The question wasn't meant to be taken literally, but as a way to let some steam out, and an attempt of sarcasm. Which, I acknowledge, is the lowest form of wit. Oh well...

                          “Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future.” -Oscar Wilde
                          "The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it." -George Bernard Shaw
                          "The trouble with jogging is that the ice falls out of your glass." -Martin Mull

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                            in that case, I am outraged that Ms. Erikson would make such a manipulative, self promoting statement in public. She should be tared and feathered in her own product.


                            Is that better

                            It's grandma, but you can call me sir.

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                              I got your sarcasm. Your sticky sweet HFCS sarcasm.

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