My brother brought this topic up regarding the unintentionally hilarious high fructose corn syrup ad campaign. In the ads, the people discuss how “natural” high fructose corn syrup is, apparently because it is made from corn.
But, let’s look at what the real experts say. This article from TIME magazine does a good job of evaluating the new ad campaign. The article mentions that the American Medical Association recently announced that high-fructose corn syrup does not contribute more to obesity than other sweeteners. Another nutritionist stated that high fructose syrup just does not exist in nature; however, that it was biochemically quite similar to sucrose (sugar).
This New York Times article tends to echo the same lines as the TIMES article- that high fructose corn syrup may just have the same effect as regular sugar. However, the article also says that studies have shown that the human body metabolizes fructose in a manner that may promote weight gain.
Other nutritionists like Michael Pollan, have also come down hard on the use of high fructose corn syrup in that it is engineered and does not exist naturally in nature.
But, the question is- why is high fructose corn syrup unhealthy for us- because it is not natural or because it is the sweetest of all sugars and our bodies cannot metabolize it well? But, even if we cannot answer these questions about high fructose corn syrup- it is still smart to limit this high sugar from our diet.
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