Fact or Fiction? Is High Fructose Corn Syrup solely to blame for obesity and diabetes? If you’ve been reading all the media hype, you might think it is. However, many of these bad raps just stir up controversy and confusion.
In fact, there is no scientific evidence that high fructose corn syrup is uniquely to blame for obesity and diabetes. U.S. Department of Agriculture data show that consumption of high fructose corn syrup has actually been declining while obesity and diabetes rates continued to rise.
The Corn Refiners Association is dedicated to providing consumers with credible, science-based FACTS, about high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), dispelling all the myths, and informing consumers about the role sugars play in a balanced diet. When it comes to high fructose corn syrup there are three important things to remember:
• Sugar is sugar. Many people are surprised to hear that high fructose corn syrup is almost identical to table sugar and honey. It is composed of virtually the same amounts of the simple sugars, glucose and fructose with the same amount of calories. Your body also metabolizes all of these sugars in similar ways, Learn more about sweeteners and their impact on your diet at www.sweetsurprise.com/balancingact
• Do you have trouble with moderating added sugars? Eating sugar in moderation can be a healthy part of your diet if you know your limits. We worked with health experts to create a dietary guide with sample meal plans to help you with balance and moderation. Check out this eBook at http://sweetsurprise.com/dietitians-health-guide
• Don’t believe the hype. In the case of HFCS, the media often demonize it specifically, compelling you to focus on this one ingredient instead of looking at your overall diet. This is a dangerous trend that you should be aware of. Learn more about the media and food fears at http://www.sweetsurprise.com/media-and-food-fears
The Corn Refiners Association encourages you to remember your A-B-C’s:
• Awareness: Read all of the ingredients on the label and be aware of what you are eating and its nutritional value – what amount of fat, carbs and calories are in the foods you eat?
• Balance: Make sure to balance all of your food groups to make sure you include whole-grain, fruit, vegetables, dairy and protein.
• Control: Control your portions and limit foods high in fat, salt and added sugars!
For more information, visit: http://www.sweetsurprise.com and http://www.corn.org