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Old 09-08-2008, 07:06 PM   #11
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Angie! Great posting!!
Please hang around more, not just for the HFCS talk.
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Old 09-11-2008, 10:35 PM   #12
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I find the ads troubling not because of any myths about the horrors of HFCS, but mostly because we don't need to be consuming any more of it than we already do. In fact, we could stand to eat much less of it and other sugars too.

According to Michael Pollan in his book "The Omnivore's Dilemma," an American's annual consumption of HFCS has gone from 45 pounds to 66 pounds since 1985 (book was written in 2006). The real trouble is that this was in conjunction to consuming more of other sugars in the same time period.
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Old 09-12-2008, 10:07 AM   #13
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Hi, Angie. Do you have a source for this? I don't believe it's correct that "the fructose found in fruit has natural fiber..." Fruit itself contains fiber, but fructose is just a type of sugar.
You are correct. Fructose is the sugar and the fiber is part of the fruit. If you drink the fruit juice you get only the sugar and no fiber. But if you eat the fruit you get both.
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Old 09-12-2008, 10:13 AM   #14
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Humans like sweet things because we are genetically programmed to do so. We could tell if fruit was ripe because it was sweet. We are supposed to eat fruit. Unfortunately, our taste receptors don't differentiate between other sugars and naturally occurring ones. Its up to our brains to regulate what we eat.

Michael, thanks for clarifying about how sugars are metabolized, thats an important note.

Lets face it folks, too much of ANYTHING is not good for you. You can die from drinking too much water if we really want to get down to it. Moderation in all things is the key.
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