The American Heart Association recently made some impressive recommendations on lowering the amount of refined sugar in everyone's diet. Great stuff. Obviously it didn't make the sugar and high-fructose corn syrup industry very happy. Here are their quotes:
...the Sugar Association says that the AHA's emphasis on sugary foods is "misplaced" and "may have unforeseen detrimental consequences."
In a statement emailed to WebMD, the Corn Refiners Association states that "sweeteners are found in many foods, and when consumed in moderation, often serve a useful role in making nutrient-rich foods, like yogurt and flavored milk, palatable. Like all sugars, high fructose corn syrup should be enjoyed in moderation as part of a balanced diet."
Useful role for HFCS for flavored milk? You have to be kidding. Making it palatable? This is their marketing position. Make naturally tasty foods like yogurt and milk "palatable" while increasing your risk of diabetes, metabolic syndrome, fatty liver and now heart attack. Nice.
Dr. Jeffrey Gladd graduated from Indiana University School of Medicine in 2001. He then went on to train in family medicine...View Full Bio »