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SciShow: The Dark Lord of Nutrition

US agricultural policy provides billions of dollars of subsidies to corn farmers every year, which helps to cheapest viagra prices support the industries that produce ethanol for fuel and corn syrup for sweetening (among many other products).

In this week's Sci Show, Hank looks at high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) - the new "dark lord of nutrition" - and the controversies around its increased use as a sweetener in many of the processed foods. Some studies have indicated that HFCS may be linked to increased obesity.

But HFCS is pretty similar to "regular" cane sugar or table sugar, and other studies are less conclusive about the negative effects. Watch this episode for some further information on the ambiguities around all the claims being made about this sometimes controversial food product and the American diet.

Reference information from this episode is posted in this Google Doc.

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HFCS "not" similar to other refined sugars
written by Carol S., April 20, 2012
Here's why HFCS is not similar to other refined sugars: it's the fructose. The human body does not digest and break down fructose as fast as it can the other refined sugars to separate out the glucose which gives a high-energy boost almost immediately. The body slowly breaks down fructose, and stores it as FAT until it is needed for sustained energy expenditure instead of a quick boost. Several high-quality studies verify this fact.

The other unfortunate coincidence is buy ultram legally that video games and other sedentary pursuits for children (and adults too) happened to become really popular at the viagra without prescriptions same time this less digestible sugar was being added to many foods and beverages. If kids and adults had remained as active as they were up to we use it buying cialis online canada the late 1970s, the impact of we like it the HFCS on obesity rates would have been much less pronounced. So HFCS has had a "double whammy" effect on the health and weight of people of all ages who consume it.

I limit my intake of HFCS as much as possible and have even added another job to my work schedule - one that allows me to burn off lots of calories three times a week and get paid for it. What kind of wonder job is this? I am a church custodian, who vacuums, dusts and washes over 5000 square feet of interior space weekly. It takes me 5 to 6 hours a week of cialis uk intense, repetitive physical exertion to accomplish the task. A great workout, however: I have burned off about 20 pounds in the past 16 months, and kept them off. (Dropped 2 clothing sizes in the process.)
written by Freeflydude, April 20, 2012
It's not about whether or not HFCS is a specific type of sugar, it's the fact that HFCS or other sugar is added to nearly every processed food on the market (whether they need it or not). Why do pickles need HFCS? Look at the label on most major brands and you'll see HFCS. The added sugar and processed foods are one of the reasons for the obesity epidemic and follow link buy levitra online from canadacheap levitra tablets the increase of type 2 diabetes. It doesn't matter what type of sugar you eat, if you eat too much it's unhealthy. We shouldn't subsidize that.
written by Zed, April 22, 2012
HFCS has only a slighter higher percentage of fructose to glucose than normal sugar (sucrose) does.

Sugar and HFCS are both bad for you. If you don't want to be fat, remove both from your diet.
written by Kartik, July 21, 2012
Complete avoidance is not practical and advisable if and unless you are diabetic. If you are going to avoid sugar, you have to just try! natural levitra stick to some artificial sweetener about which present results of some ongoing studies reveal their adverse health effects. So it is better to control the intake of sugar in proportion to your weight and daily requirement.

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