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Friday, April 2, 2010

Sugar-Obesity Follow Up

Previously, I posted about a lecture related to high fructose corn syrup and obesity. Here is some follow up research you might find interesting, courtesy of my expert friend.
A Princeton University research team has demonstrated that all sweeteners are not equal when it comes to weight gain: Rats with access to high-fructose corn syrup gained significantly more weight than those with access to table sugar, even when their overall caloric intake was the same.


Tom said...

I've always been convinced that corn subsidies and HFCS are the root cause behind the obesity problem in this country.

I know, I know, people should be responsible, eat less, exercise more, yadda yadda yadda.

The problem is, HFCS is in all of our foods, even "healthy" foods, and it makes you TIRED and HUNGRY. If you feel tired and hungry all the time, even when you're trying to eat healthy, you're going to gain weight. Even if you lose weight at first on some crazy low-calorie, high-exercise plan, you're going to gain it back eventually when you run out of motivation seeing as you always feel more and more tired, and more and more hungry.

I'd love to see a chart of the obesity rate in the US vs. the amount of HFCS in foods.

LL said...

The follow-up is interesting.

However, eating is one thing people CAN control. It's very hard to eat right, especially when you're in a hurry and the fast food available is all bad for you.

The problem is that people prefer food that is bad for them (for the greater part), so it's readily available.