Recent debates have made a lot of people confused whether or not there is something wrong with high-fructose corn syrup. A new study comes in line with the American Medical Association saying high fructose levels alone are not the cause of the obesity epidemic.
When it comes to high fructose corn syrup, opinions are diverse. Some experts say it’s bad for the health, while new study says it’s not damaging enough to be the cause of the obesity epidemic alone. Moreover, a report from Business Week points to an advocacy group founded by the sugar industry with $300,000 to build a negative reputation for high fructose corn syrup.
It’s obviously a consumer doesn’t have it that easy when it comes to making healthy choices. A recent study however might help clear the air. To begin with the study’s findings are in line with the American Medical Association and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ take on high fructose corn syrup (HFCS).
“Sucrose (sugar) and HFCS are very similar in composition…and are absorbed identically in the human GI tract” says one of the study authors explaining that high fructose levels are not the cause of the obesity epidemics.
“The public discussion about HFCS will likely continue to rage on and more studies will be conducted” said James M. Rippe, study author. “However, at this point there is simply no evidence to suggest that the use of HFCS alone is directly responsible for increased obesity rates or other health concerns” added the Founder and Director of the Rippe Lifestyle Institute.
The findings published in the International Journal of Obesity have found no damaging influence by the intake of high fructose level when it came to weight gain, glucose levels, insulin and appetite. In fact, statistics show that since 1999, obesity rates have continue to increase, although HFCS consumption has declined.
In fact, as Michael Goran, a professor of preventive medicine, explained HFCS could in fact make popular soft drinks healthier and cheaper. Since fructose is a lot more sweet and affordable than other sugars, it could provide for the same sweetness, but with less calories and costs.
In the meanwhile, Citizens for Health, an advocacy group, sent a request to the FDA to have fructose levels in food fully disclosed on labels. Business Week revealed earlier this week the advocacy group against HFCS was in fact sponsored by the sugar industry in an attempt to draw a negative light over using the syrup as an alternative sweetener.