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CRA Releases Top Published Myths About High Fructose Corn Syrup

CRA Releases Top Published Myths About High Fructose Corn Syrup



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WASHINGTON, Dec 13, 2007 /PRNewswire-USNewswire via COMTEX/ --The Corn Refiners Association (CRA) today released a list debunking the "TopPublished Myths about High Fructose Corn Syrup" to address inaccurate andmisleading information on the Internet and in the media.Below are the myths. More information, including sources, can be found atwww.HFCSfacts.com.Myth: High fructose corn syrup is solely to blame for obesity and diabetes.Reality: There is no scientific evidence to suggest that high fructose corn syrup isuniquely responsible for people becoming obese. As noted by the U.S. Food andDrug Administration in 1996, "the saccharide composition (glucose to fructoseratio) of HFCS is approximately the same as that of honey, invert sugar and thedisaccharide sucrose (or table sugar)." Obesity results from an imbalance of caloriesconsumed and calories burned. U.S. Department of Agriculture data show that percapita consumption of high fructose corn syrup is actually on the decline, yetobesity and diabetes rates continue to rise. In fact, obesity rates are rising aroundthe world, including in Mexico, Australia and Europe, even though the use of highfructose corn syrup outside of the United States is limited.The leading causes of diabetes are obesity, advancing age and heredity. All caloricsweeteners trigger an insulin response in the body. In fact, table sugar, honey andhigh fructose corn syrup trigger about the same insulin release because they containnearly equal amount of fructose and glucose.The U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted high fructose corn syrup"Generally Recognized as Safe" status for use in food, and reaffirmed that ruling in1996 after thorough review.Myth: High fructose corn syrup is high in fructose.Reality: Contrary to its name, high fructose corn syrup is not high in fructose. Infact, the composition of high fructose corn syrup is similar to sugar. Sugar iscomposed of 50 percent fructose and 50 percent glucose and high fructose cornsyrup has either 42 percent or 55 percent fructose, with the remaining sugars beingprimarily glucose.Myth: High fructose corn syrup is metabolized differently. It blocks the ability of the body to know when it is full.Reality: A study published in the July 2007 issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition by Pablo Monsivais, et al. at the University of Washington foundthat beverages sweetened with sugar, high fructose corn syrup as well as 1 percentmilk, all have similar effects on feelings of fullness.A study published in the February 2007 issue of Nutrition by Kathleen J. Melanson,et al. at the University of Rhode Island reviewed the effects of high fructose cornsyrup and sucrose on circulating levels of glucose, leptin, insulin and ghrelin in astudy group of lean women. The study found "no differences in the metaboliceffects" of high fructose corn syrup and sucrose.Myth: Sugar is healthier than high fructose corn syrup.Reality: High fructose corn syrup is nearly identical in composition to table sugar:Both contain approximately 50 percent glucose and 50 percent fructose. Sugar and

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