Friday, October 1, 2010

High Fructose Corn Syrup Is Getting A New Name

Now that consumers have taken the time to educate themselves that things like high fructose corn syrup (as well as all added sugars) are harmful to their health, the corn refiners association try a brilliant way to re-frame high fructose corn syrup, to be called "Corn Sugar".

The new name kinda resembles and has that same feel as Cane Sugar don't ya think?

I know I've written some harsh thing about high fructose corn syrup before, but what most people don't realize is that table sugar (sucrose) is also bad(some arguments have been made for it being just as bad). Most people who think they know about food and health think that a safe alternative is Agave Nectar, but they'd be wrong. It's all sugar and agave nectar is higher in fructose (the real eveil villian) that table sugar or HFCS. Bottom line, they're all delivering fructose in an un-natural form to your body and it's all very bad for you.

The only way humans should eat sugar is while it exists in the fruit they're biting into. Bar none!

But now we have to learn about another ingredient, corn sugar. So educate yourself now and know that corn sugar = high fructose corn syrup.

While we're on the re-naming thing, I want you also to look out for "Interesterified oil" in your foods. This is the new fat that the commercial food industry is going to and it is slated to replace hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils. But, this isn't an equal exchange, early studies show that it's a worse form of fat than the hydrogenated oils are. Click to see previous post on interesterified oils

Bottom line is, don't depend on the companies that make the food to have your health as their main interest. Don't depend on the FDA either. Take the time to educate yourself and become the food renegade I know you can be.

Personally, I'd find a few local farms or farm co-ops and support them by buying direct.

'nuff said

Dr. T



Dr. Narson is a 2-term past president of the Florida Chiropractic Association’s Council on Sports Injuries, Physical Fitness & Rehabilitation and was honored as the recipient of the coveted Chiropractic Sports Physician of the Year Award in 1999-2000. He practices in Miami Beach, Florida at the Miami Beach Family & Sports Chiropractic Center; A Facility for Natural Sports Medicine. For more info:

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