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SparkPeople® Promotes High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS)

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It’s amazing how the corn syrup industry has invaded SparkPeople’s free weight loss site. Their Dietitian, Becky Hand, wrote an article that covertly promotes consuming the synthetic man-made corn sugar “High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS)” by first telling people there is no difference between corn syrup and sugar, and then by telling them that it’s okay to consume 8 tsp of it per day. Unbelievable!

She states, “The American Medical Association (AMA) has extensively examined the available research on HFCS and obesity. This organization has publicly stated that, to date, there is nothing unique about HFCS that causes obesity. It does not appear to contribute more to obesity than any other type of caloric sweetener.”

Nothing unique that causes obesity? Well, if you completely ignore basic physiology, then I guess it’s nothing unique.

A quote from the respected medical school textbook, Guyton’s Textbook of Medical Physiology, page 926, physiology, states, “Insulin (triggered by sugar) has several different affects that lead to fat storage in adipose tissue. Insulin also promotes fatty acids synthesis (production).”

Hand goes on to say that “Healthy adults who consume approximately 2,000 calories daily should limit the amount of all caloric sweeteners to no more than 32 grams (8 teaspoons) of sugar daily”.

What! This is crazy! No one is going to lose weight if they are allowed, even encouraged, to consume this much sugar. Even if you did everything else right, all day long, in the presence of sugar, all fat burning is nullified.

Hand’s falling prey to this fallacy is the same old focus on the calorie, and ignoring the nutrients in those calories. What makes people healthy is not manipulating calories up or down, it’s how much nutrition a person consumes. Sugar, by the way, robs your nutritional reserves.

Anyone buying into this crap is simply not going to lose weight. You might as well give up now and start the next weight loss program.

What we need is more unbiased truth!

So, use your head when listening to diet “experts”, lose weight, get healthy, and feel great!


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