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High Fructose Corn Sugar Is Not The Evil Monster Lurking In The Pantry
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According to the reports, high fructose corn sugar or HFCS is the reason that the obesity levels are once again spiking in the US as well as many other countries in the world. But, according to researchers at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas as well as a 2008 study published by the American Medical Association, that may be just a case of trying to point a finger at a single ingredient instead of looking at the grim, rather discouraging, big picture instead.

The American Corn Growers Association made a move to counteract the negative press that HFCS was getting when initial reports suggested a link between this ingredient and an increased risk of obesity. However, both the 2008 AMA report and the subsequent research done by U of N have suggested that while it is not the best thing in the world to eat a lot of foods that contain HFCS, it is not the single cause of the obesity epidemic.

The sugar, which comes from the stalk of the sugar cane plant, attained its negative status because of a few studies with lab rats that showed rats fed with a steady diet of HFCS and water were much bigger than those that did not get it at all, leading researchers to come to the conclusion that the one known factor was the cause of all of the weight problems across the country. But, as researchers pointed out, no one is sitting in their homes living on sugar and water and spending their time in a cage. In other words, just because that diet and lifestyle made the rats fat does not excuse humans from their own responsibility when it comes to their weight.

The USDA, who is in charge of releasing the food pyramid has indicated that they never single out a food as bad or good and they certainly are not going to start pointing fingers at a single ingredient at this time has cautioned people to pay attention to what they are eating, as well as how much they are eating rather than getting caught up with this debate.

Nutritionists and dieticians have also cautioned that while HFCS is not as bad as it was originally painted to be, it is still included in a lot of the foods that are considered to be less than positive choices in the healthy diet. While an all natural, fruit and vegetable heavy diet is ideal, it is not always easy to achieve for most people, so a more realistic and controlled approach should be taken.

Researchers remind the public that limiting the amount of processed, easy to eat foods will limit the amount of HFCS they are consuming which will help them to lose weight, but that it is the amount of calories they are taking in, overall, that is there greatest concern, not the ingredients that the foods contain.


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