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High-fructose corn syrup causes obesity

Posted Mar 28 2010 7:30am

by kiwilog

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A new study by Princeton University confirms what many health-conscious eaters believed all along: high-fructose corn syrup is unhealthier than table sugar. The sweetener was found to cause significant weight gain in rats, and linked long-term consumption to abnormal increases in abdominal fat and a rise in triglyceride levels.

“When rats are drinking high-fructose corn syrup at levels well below those in soda pop, they’re becoming obeseevery single one, across the board,” says Princeton psychology professor Bart Hoebel, who specializes in the neuroscience of appetite, weight, and sugar addiction. In other words, it’s not necessary to guzzle sugary drinks and snack on candy every day for the body to feel high-fructose corn syrup’s harmful effects. Smaller amounts of the sweetener can be found in everything from tomato sauce to bread to yogurt, and are now seen to play an equally crucial role in weight gain.

We want to know what you think about these findings. Did you know HFCS was bad stuff all along? If you were previously on the fence, do you now plan to avoid foods containing HFCS?

-Marygrace, KIWI staff writer

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