Wednesday, June 25, 2008
The AMA Can't Decide if High Fructose Corn Syrup is Bad For You!! ( I hope you can decide for yourself)
I have the news article posted below. Yes, it's true. The AMA (American Medical Association) won't take a stand. They want scientific proof HFC syrup causes obesity. What?? Why do we need scientific proof for everything? What is their definition of scientific proof anyway? All you need is a basic biology book that tells you what happens to the body when sweeteners are over consumed. And if you don't know how HFC syrup is made check out this website. It is made with a fungus, yes that's right.
Actually the info on this website is plenty of research for me. HFC syrup doesn't make you feel full. It makes you eat more!!!
Well, HFC syrup is great for increasing the shelf life of junk foods (really, let's call it non-foods) but won't increase our own shelf life!!!
But the AMA can't make up its mind. I guess its better to avoid answering the question because the Corn Refiners Association might get mad! I've included their press release on how happy they are that the AMA sided with them.
Hey, we've all got brains. We can decide for ourselves.
By the way, only about 40% of medical doctors are members of the AMA.
(Check it out here...http://www.fundinguniverse.com/company-histories/American-Medical-Association-Company-History.html)
(Copied & Pasted from....http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/06/18/health/webmd/main4192834.shtml)
Reprieve For High Fructose Corn Syrup
(WebMD) High fructose corn syrup, a sweetener used in many products, including soft drinks, is getting some guarded support from an unlikely source - the American Medical Association (AMA).
At a meeting in Chicago, AMA delegates backed a resolution that argues that there's no scientific proof that high fructose corn syrup deserves the blame for obesity more than sugar or other caloric sweeteners. The resolution also nixes putting warning labels on products containing high fructose corn syrup.
"At this time, there is insufficient evidence to restrict the use of high fructose corn syrup or label products that contain it with a warning," AMA board member William Dolan, MD, says in an AMA news release.
That's not a green light to guzzle foods or drinks containing high fructose corn syrup.
"We do recommend consumers limit the amount of all added caloric sweeteners to no more than 32 grams of sugar daily based on a 2,000 calorie diet in accordance with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans," Dolan says.
The AMA acknowledges that obesity rates have soared in recent decades, in sync with the growing use of high fructose corn syrup.
But the AMA also points out that people also consumed more calories and became less active during that time and that the body processes high fructose corn syrup much like sugar.
The AMA says it isn't thrilled with the level of research on high fructose corn syrup, partly because there isn't a lot of research on the health effects of high fructose corn syrup and also because of industry funding for much of that work.
By Miranda Hitti
Reviewed by Louise Chang
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 19, 2008
CONTACT: Audrae Erickson, President
Corn Refiners Applaud American Medical Association Decision on High Fructose Corn Syrup
WASHINGTON, DC – The Corn Refiners Association today applauded a decision by the American Medical Association (AMA) that concluded “high fructose corn syrup does not contribute to obesity more than other caloric sweeteners.” The decision was issued June 17 in Chicago at the annual meeting of AMA’s House of Delegates, the organizations principal policy-making body.
“This science-based decision by the nation’s leading medical body reaffirms that no single food or ingredient is the sole cause of obesity. Rather, too many calories and too little exercise is a primary cause,” said Audrae Erickson, president, Corn Refiners Association.
New research continues to confirm that high fructose corn syrup is no different from other sweeteners, according to Erickson. HFCS, like table sugar and honey, is natural. It is made from corn, a natural grain product.
Consumption of high fructose corn syrup has been dropping in recent years, yet the rates of obesity and diabetes in the United States continue to rise. Moreover, many other parts of the world have rising rates of obesity and diabetes, despite having little or no high fructose corn syrup in their foods and beverages.
CRA is the national trade association representing the corn refining (wet milling) industry of the United States. CRA and its predecessors have served this important segment of American agribusiness since 1913. Corn refiners manufacture sweeteners, ethanol, starch, bioproducts, corn oil, and feed products from corn components such as starch, oil, protein, and fiber.
A copy of the AMA press release is available at http://www.ama-assn.org/ama/pub/category/18691.html.
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