the truth about high fructose corn syrup

19 Sep

A response to the Corn Refiner’s Association’s “Sweet Surprise” ad campaign.

Med school agrees.  High fructose corn syrup produces more free fatty acids, increases insulin resistance, increases inflammatory markers, and increases the risk of atherosclerosis.  Trust me, having held a severely atherosclerotic aorta laden with calcified plaque, this is not a syndrome you want.

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4 Responses to “the truth about high fructose corn syrup”

  1. ericrosoff September 20, 2011 at 5:41 am #

    The real kicker is that as a nation, we heavily subsidize corn, which is practically the entire reason why HFCS is used to sweeten soda (if you cross the border to Mexico, soda is made with sugar/sucrose) which is actually cheaper in the absence of subsidies.

    You may remember there was an episode of the West Wing about this, with respect to the Iowa caucus, though it focused on ethanol made from corn.

    • annaojesus September 20, 2011 at 5:51 am #

      How do I not remember this episode?? What kind of fanatic am I?

      Also, how great would it be to have soda with sugar??

      • Eric Rosoff September 20, 2011 at 5:04 pm #

        Two words: Passover Coke.
        HFCT is not Kosher for Passover, so Coke briefly makes Coke available with sucrose sweetener in the spring.

      • annaojesus September 20, 2011 at 11:04 pm #

        Two words, a la Paula Abdul: Phe Nomenal.

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