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  • Vermont governor signs GMO food labeling into law

    05/11/2014 12:01:22 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 200 replies
    CNN.com ^ | May 8, 2014 | Dana Ford and Lorenzo Ferrigno
    (CNN) -- Vermont's governor on Thursday signed a bill into law that will require the labeling of genetically modified foods -- hailing it as the first such law in the nation. Under the new law, food offered for retail sale that is entirely or partially produced with genetic engineering must be labeled as such by July 2016. "Vermonters take our food and how it is produced seriously, and we believe we have a right to know what's in the food we buy," said Gov. Peter Shumlin. "More than 60 countries have already restricted or labeled these foods, and now one...
  • As food labels get closer look, ingredients vanish

    12/18/2013 12:11:21 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 44 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 17, 2013 11:24 PM EST | Candice Choi
    Take another look at that food label. An ingredient or two may have vanished. As Americans pay closer attention to what they eat, food and beverage companies are learning that unfamiliar ingredients can invite criticism from online petitions and bloggers. The risk of damaging publicity has proven serious enough that some manufacturers have reformulated top-selling products to remove mysterious, unpronounceable components that could draw suspicion. …
  • Have a Coke and a … GMO?

    10/28/2013 1:46:29 PM PDT · by Theoria · 47 replies
    Politico ^ | 28 Oct 2013 | Bill Tomson
    The Coca-Cola Company isn’t smiling about the latest effort to force labels on foods and beverages that contain genetically modified organisms – this time in Washington State. It’s on a long list of manufacturers that sell products using ingredients derived from either corn or soy, both of which are nearly impossible to source in the United States without using genetically modified crops. In fact, should Washington pass its ballot initiative 522 next week, good luck finding any processed foods or beverages in an Evergreen State grocery store that don’t have GMO warning labels. Coca-Cola and PepsiCo both are on a...
  • Leftist Hysteria Over Monsanto

    09/23/2013 5:34:19 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 100 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 23, 2013 | Rachel Alexander
    The left is in a frenzy over the American agricultural biotechnology corporation Monsanto and other agribusinesses that tinker with crop genetics. Is there any truth to their scare stories asserting that we’re being poisoned with “Frankenfood,” breeding new strains of superbugs and superpests? Genetically modified crops, known as GMOs (genetically modified organisms), have been used by American farmers since the mid-1990s in order to increase crop yields and reduce the use of pesticides. The FDA has approved their use. Today, 70-80 percent of grocery products in the U.S. include genetically engineered ingredients. In contrast, only 5 percent of the food...
  • Is sugar a toxin? Experts debate the role of fructose in our obesity epidemic

    09/10/2013 12:55:38 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 28 replies
    www.columbian.com ^ | Monday, September 9, 2013 | By Tamar Haspel
    American eaters love a good villain. Diets that focus on one clear bad guy have gotten traction even as the bad guy has changed: fat, carbohydrates, animal products, cooked food, gluten. And now Robert Lustig, a pediatric endocrinologist at the University of California at San Francisco, is adding sugar to the list. His book "Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity, and Disease" makes the case that sugar is almost single-handedly responsible for Americans' excess weight and the illnesses that go with it. "Sugar is the biggest perpetrator of our current health crisis," says Lustig, blaming it...
  • News In Brief: Fructose may be key to weight gain

    09/10/2013 12:44:32 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 54 replies
    www.sciencenews.org ^ | September 9, 2013 | By Nathan Seppa
    Mice that could not make or metabolize the sugar gained less than normal mice. Mice lacking the ability to metabolize fructose don’t gain nearly as much weight as normal mice do, researchers report September 10 in Nature Communications. Fructose, which some people blame for the obesity epidemic and its related health crises (SN: 6/1/13, p. 22), shows up in high-fructose corn syrup and in table sugar, or sucrose. The body also makes home-grown fructose by modifying glucose in a process involving an enzyme called aldose reductase.
  • Soft drinks linked to aggression in young children

    08/16/2013 8:48:26 PM PDT · by rickmichaels · 56 replies
    TORONTO SUN ^ | AUGUST 16, 2013 | QMI AGENCY
    All those Pepsis and Cokes could be making a monster out of your little bundle of joy. New research shows kids who regularly drink soft drinks are more aggressive. Researchers from Columbia University, the University of Vermont and Harvard studied data on 3,000 five-year-old children from 20 U.S. cities. Their mothers reported the frequency of soft drink consumption and completed a behavioural assessment survey. Nearly half of the children (43%) drink at least one serving of soft drink a day, and 4% drink four or more. Even after taking into account other factors, such as family violence, kids who drink...
  • The Top 5 Bogus Public Health Scares

    08/12/2013 7:06:42 PM PDT · by neverdem · 44 replies
    Reason ^ | August 9, 2013 | Ronald Bailey
    How activist misinformation wastes time, money, and harms AmericansDavulcuHealth activists, nutrition nannies, medical paternalists, and just plain old quacks regularly conjure up a variety of menaces that are supposedly damaging the health of Americans. Their scares ranging from the decades-long campaign against fluoridation to worries that saccharin causes cancer to the ongoing hysteria over biotech crops to fears of lead in lipstick. The campaigners’ usual “solution” is to demand that regulators ban the offending substance or practice. Here are five especially egregious examples.5. Americans should consume no more than 1,500 milligrams of sodium per day, in order to reduce everybody's...
  • Is Sugar Really Toxic? Sifting through the Evidence

    07/20/2013 12:28:18 PM PDT · by neverdem · 63 replies
    Scientific American ^ | July 15, 2013 | Ferris Jabr
    Our very first experience of exceptional sweetness—a dollop of buttercream frosting on a parent’s finger; a spoonful of strawberry ice cream instead of the usual puréed carrots—is a gustatory revelation that generally slips into the lacuna of early childhood. Sometimes, however, the moment of original sweetness is preserved. A YouTube video from February 2011 begins with baby Olivia staring at the camera, her face fixed in rapture and a trickle of vanilla ice cream on her cheek. When her brother Daniel brings the ice cream cone near her once more, she flaps her arms and arches her whole body to...
  • Study on fructose prompts criticism from corn refiners

    07/15/2013 12:21:38 PM PDT · by neverdem · 48 replies
    Winston-Salem Journal ^ | July 14, 2013 | Richard Craver
    A Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center study on dietary fructose has provided more evidence of the potential for controversy when researchers target products affecting consumer spending and corporate profits. This time, researchers are on the receiving end of sharp criticism from the Corn Refiners Association after reporting that fructose rapidly caused liver damage even without weight gain with primates.The researchers acknowledged when they released the study results that the role of dietary fructose in the development of obesity and fatty liver diseases “remains controversial.” Researchers determined that over a six-week study period, liver damage more than doubled in the monkeys...
  • Fructose risk factor for metabolic syndrome, diabetes mellitus, and hypertension

    06/26/2013 12:02:26 AM PDT · by neverdem · 60 replies
    FOODCONSUMER ^ | 06/25/2013 | David Liu, PHD
    Tuesday June 25, 2013 (foodconsumer.org) -- A new report published in Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism suggests that eating foods or drinking beverages with fructose may increase risk of endothelial dysfunction, insulin resistance/diabetes mellitus type 2 and hypertension. Z. Khitan and D. H. Kim, the authors of the report, from Marshall University Joan Edwards School of Medicine in Huntington, WV, USA say that uric acid resulting from uncontrolled fructose metabolism is the risk factor for metabolic syndrome and diabetes mellitus. What happens, according to the report, after fructose is ingested is that the sugar in the liver bypasses two highly...
  • A.M.A. Recognizes Obesity as a Dise

    06/19/2013 6:13:23 AM PDT · by shove_it · 38 replies
    NYT ^ | 18 Jun 2013 | Andrew Pollack
    The American Medical Association has officially recognized obesity as a disease, a move that could induce physicians to pay more attention to the condition and spur more insurers to pay for treatments...
  • Researchers find high-fructose corn syrup may be tied to worldwide collapse of bee colonies

    06/07/2013 5:49:19 AM PDT · by chessplayer · 51 replies
    (Phys.org) —A team of entomologists from the University of Illinois has found a possible link between the practice of feeding commercial honeybees high-fructose corn syrup and the collapse of honeybee colonies around the world. The team outlines their research and findings in a paper they've had published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The researchers aren't suggesting that high-fructose corn syrup is itself toxic to bees, instead, they say their findings indicate that by eating the replacement food instead of honey, the bees are not being exposed to other chemicals that help the bees fight off toxins,...
  • Seeking Food Ingredients That Aren’t Gene-Altered (non GMO)

    05/29/2013 7:53:21 AM PDT · by opentalk · 48 replies
    NY Times ^ | May 26, 2013 | STEPHANIE STROM
    Food companies big and small are struggling to replace genetically modified ingredients with conventional ones. Pressure is growing to label products made from genetically modified organisms, or “G.M.O.” In Connecticut, Vermont and Maine, at least one chamber of the state legislature has approved bills that would require the labeling of foods that contain genetically modified ingredients, and similar legislation is pending in more than two dozen other states. This weekend, rallies were held around the globe against producers of genetically altered ingredients, and consumers are threatening to boycott products that are not labeled. And so, for many businesses, the pressing...
  • Protesters across globe rally against Monsanto - GMO

    05/26/2013 8:26:53 AM PDT · by opentalk · 144 replies
    Associates Press ^ | May 25, 2013
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Protesters rallied in dozens of cities Saturday as part of a global protest against seed giant Monsanto and the genetically modified food it produces, organizers said. Organizers said "March Against Monsanto" protests were held in 52 countries and 436 cities, including Los Angeles where demonstrators waved signs that read "Real Food 4 Real People" and "Label GMOs, It's Our Right to Know."… The U.S. Senate this week overwhelmingly rejected a bill that would allow states to require labeling of genetically modified foods.
  • Western Civilization Dumber Than 100 Years Ago

    05/23/2013 5:19:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 75 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | May 23, 2013 | William Bigelow
    A new study may stimulate the old adage of respecting your elders; it says the general level of intelligence in the Western Hemisphere has declined since the Victorian Era. The study claims the IQ numbers are 14 points lower than from the 19th century. One of the authors of the study, Dr. Jan te Nijenhuis, professor of work and organizational psychology at the University of Amsterdam, says the cause of the movement toward stupidity is that smarter women have fewer children while those of lower intelligence have more children. But Dr. Gerald Crabtree, professor of pathology and developmental biology at...
  • Obama signs bill that protects makers of genetically engineered crops from federal courts

    03/30/2013 11:51:53 PM PDT · by UnwashedPeasant · 24 replies
    Fox News ^ | 3/30/2013
    President Obama approved a temporary spending bill this week that averted a government shutdown but also riled a slew of groups that say one provision protects Monsanto and other makers of genetically modified seeds and crops from federal courts. The so-called Monsanto Protection Act essentially requires the Agriculture Department to approve the growing, harvesting and selling of such crops, even if the courts rule environmental studies are incomplete -- undermining the judicial review system and posing potential health risks, critics say.
  • High Fructose Corn Syrup: Some Scary Facts to Consider Before You Gulp Down Soda

    03/29/2013 7:49:44 AM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 72 replies
    sugarshockblog.com ^ | Connie Bennett
    Did you know that consumption of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) in the U.S. -- which can be found in a plethora of cookies, candies and fast-foods -- has increased by a a whopping 10,673 percent between 1970 and 2005? So reports the USDA Dietary Assessment of Major Trends in U.S. Food Consumption report. Are you one of millions, who, according to the USDA report, consume one-quarter of your calories from added sugars, most of which comes from high fructose corn syrup, as mercola.com pointed out? Meanwhile, have you heard about the a recent study, which reveals that a diet...
  • Brain image study: Fructose may spur overeating

    01/01/2013 9:37:10 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 1, 2013 4:04 PM EST | Marilynn Marchione and Mike Stobbe
    This is your brain on sugar—for real. Scientists have used imaging tests to show for the first time that fructose, a sugar that saturates the American diet, can trigger brain changes that may lead to overeating. After drinking a fructose beverage, the brain doesn’t register the feeling of being full as it does when simple glucose is consumed, researchers found. It’s a small study and does not prove that fructose or its relative, high-fructose corn syrup, can cause obesity, but experts say it adds evidence they may play a role. These sugars often are added to processed foods and beverages,...
  • High-fructose corn syrup linked to type 2 diabetes

    11/28/2012 12:58:27 PM PST · by neverdem · 113 replies
    The Ssaratogian ^ | November 28, 2012 | Annie Hauser
    Countries using high-fructose corn syrup have diabetes rates 20 percent higher than countries that do not, a new international analysis finds. High-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) in national food supplies around the world might help explain the rising rates of type 2 diabetes around the world, researchers at the University of Southern California and the University of Oxford report in the journal Global Public Health. After studying 42 countries, researchers found that those that use HFCS in their food supply had a 20 percent higher prevalence of diabetes than those that did not use HFCS, suggesting an association with diabetes independent...
  • Study Links Autism to High Fructose Corn Syrup

    10/17/2012 8:09:45 PM PDT · by djf · 137 replies
    Autism Key Bulletin Board ^ | Posted on April 14, 2012 | Gary Porter
    A new study released this past week has once again linked the consumption of processed foods to health complications, giving food safety advocates even more cause for concern. The April 10th publication of the Clinical Epigenetics Journal reported a link between high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) and autism in the United States. According to the study, the rise in autism rates "is not related to mercury exposure from fish, coal-fired power plants, thimerosal, or dental amalgam but instead to the consumption of HFCS.” The study, led by former FDA toxicologist and whistleblower Renee Dufault, found that a deficiency of zinc,...
  • Princeton researchers find that high-fructose corn syrup prompts considerably more weight gain

    10/25/2011 8:59:04 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 103 replies
    http://www.princeton.edu ^ | March 22, 2010; 10:00 a.m. | by Hilary Parker
    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. In addition to causing significant weight gain in lab animals, long-term consumption of high-fructose corn syrup also led to abnormal increases in body fat, especially in the abdomen, and a rise in circulating blood fats called triglycerides. The researchers say the work sheds light on the factors contributing to obesity trends in the United...
  • Has anyone tried the "ThrowBack" beverages?

    09/19/2011 9:52:06 AM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 67 replies
    19 Sept 2011 | US Navy Vet
    When my wife and I were shopping for groceries Saturday we picked up 2 cases of "ThrowBack" sodas(Mountain Dew, Pepsi).
  • Food Is the Real Thing - Mayor Bloomberg is right: taxpayers shouldn’t subsidize soda.

    06/10/2011 10:24:40 PM PDT · by neverdem · 26 replies
    City Journal ^ | 9 June 2011 | Nicole Gelinas
    Last fall, New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg asked the U.S. Department of Agriculture to cut soda and other sugar- and corn-sweetened drinks from the list of “foods” that New Yorkers can buy with federal food-stamp benefits. Lobbyists, from soda makers to grocery stores to minority advocates, have fought the proposal. They say that any restriction would represent an attack both on business and on personal freedom for the poor. That argument is flimsy. As food prices rise, and as the federal government cuts back spending, the mayor’s attempt to safeguard the taxpayer dollar is fiscally and socially sound. Back...
  • Healthy gut flora could prevent obesity (and more)

    05/25/2011 9:29:04 AM PDT · by decimon · 37 replies
    Lund University ^ | May 25, 2011 | Unknown
    Poor gut flora is believed to trigger obesity. In the same way, healthy gut flora could reduce the risk. This has shown to be the case in tests on rats. Daily intake of a lactic acid bacteria, which has been given the name Lactobacillus plantarum HEAL19, appears to be able to prevent obesity and reduce the body's low-level inflammation. "Rats who were given this specific lactic acid bacterium from their time in the uterus up to adult age put on significantly less weight than other rats. Both groups ate the same amount of high-energy food", explains Caroline Karlsson, a researcher...
  • Studies show no meaningful difference between high fructose corn syrup and sucrose

    05/24/2011 11:11:30 AM PDT · by decimon · 87 replies
    Corn Refiners Association ^ | May 24, 2011 | Unknown
    Obesity and diabetes rates continue to rise despite decline in consumption of sweetenersWASHINGTON – A comprehensive review of research focusing on the debate between High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) and other sweeteners presented today finds there is no evidence of any significant variation in the way the human body metabolizes HFCS as opposed to standard table sugar, or any difference in impact on risk factors for chronic disease. James M. Rippe, MD, founder and director of the Rippe Lifestyle Institute and professor of biomedical sciences at the University of Central Florida, presented a summary of recent research entitled -- "High...
  • 5 Reasons High Fructose Corn Syrup Will Kill You

    05/22/2011 11:11:23 AM PDT · by DannyTN · 153 replies
    IF YOU CAN’T CONVINCE THEM, CONFUSE THEM. —Harry Truman The current media debate about the benefits (or lack of harm) of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) in our diet misses the obvious. The average American increased their consumption of HFCS (mostly from sugar sweetened drinks and processed food) from zero to over 60 pounds per person per year. During that time period, obesity rates have more than tripled and diabetes incidence has increased more than seven fold. Not perhaps the only cause, but a fact that cannot be ignored. Doubt and confusion are the currency of deception, and they sow...
  • Sugar Farmers Sue Corn Processors for Falsely Marketing High-Fructose Corn Syrup

    05/22/2011 1:27:43 PM PDT · by DannyTN · 30 replies
    Imperial Sugar Company | Apr 29, 2011 | Imperial Sugar Company
    American sugar farmers and refiners have filed a suit to stop big corn processors from marketing high-fructose corn syrup as a “natural” product equivalent to real sugar. The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles by Western Sugar Cooperative, Michigan Sugar Company and C & H Sugar Company, Inc., charges that the “corn sugar” branding campaign financed by the corn refining industry’s giant companies constitutes false advertising under federal and state law. The processors’ campaign was launched as a way to thwart declining sales of high-fructose corn syrup, or “HFCS.” Companies named as defendants include Archer Daniels Midland...
  • Cancer cells feed on fructose, study finds

    05/20/2011 5:04:45 PM PDT · by La Lydia · 105 replies
    Health Freedoms ^ | May 20, 2011 | Drew Kaplan
    Pancreatic tumor cells use fructose to divide and proliferate, U.S. researchers said on Monday in a study that challenges the common wisdom that all sugars are the same. Tumor cells fed both glucose and fructose used the two sugars in two different ways, the team at the University of California Los Angeles found. They said their finding, published in the journal Cancer Research, may help explain other studies that have linked fructose intake with pancreatic cancer, one of the deadliest cancer types. “These findings show that cancer cells can readily metabolize fructose to increase proliferation,” Dr. Anthony Heaney of UCLA’s...
  • Chocolate milk stirs controversy in schools

    04/11/2011 7:28:36 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 46 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | April 11, 2011 | Kevin Sieff
    It was once a staple of public school cafeterias that blended the indulgent and the nutritious, satisfying parents and children both. But chocolate milk is uncontroversial no more. Dozens of districts have demanded reformulations. Others have banned it outright. At the center of these battles are complex public health calculations: Is it better to remove sugary chocolate flavorings at the risk that many students will skip milk altogether, missing out on crucial calcium and Vitamin D? Or should schools instead make tweaks — less fat, different sweeteners, fewer calories — that might salvage the benefits while while minimizing the downside?...
  • A Novel Tactic in Climate Fight Gains Some Traction

    11/09/2010 10:14:24 PM PST · by neverdem · 29 replies
    NY Times ^ | November 8, 2010 | JOHN M. BRODER
    WASHINGTON — With energy legislation shelved in the United States and little hope for a global climate change agreement this year, some policy experts are proposing a novel approach to curbing global warming: including greenhouse gases under an existing and highly successful international treaty ratified more than 20 years ago. The treaty, the Montreal Protocol, was adopted in 1987 for a completely different purpose, to eliminate aerosols and other chemicals that were blowing a hole in the Earth’s protective ozone layer. But as the signers of the protocol convened the 22nd annual meeting in Bangkok on Monday, negotiators are considering...
  • Pancreatic Cancer Likes Fructose: Time to Panic?

    08/05/2010 7:02:02 AM PDT · by toma29 · 117 replies · 1+ views
    Reason Magazine ^ | 8/05/2010 | Ronald Bailey
    Perhaps it is enough to hate high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) because the federal government has encouraged its production for decades by imposing high tariffs on sugar imports and by subsidizing corn farmers. (It’s certainly enough for me.) In addition, HFCS-haters blame the sugar for making Americans ever fatter and less healthy. So with so much to hate to go around, when UCLA researchers reported earlier this week that feeding HFCS to pancreatic cancer cells boosts their proliferation in lab dishes, the media jumped on the story. The study’s chief author even suggested that a federal effort should be launched...
  • Consumers sour on sugars.

    07/25/2010 1:28:56 PM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 73 replies · 1+ views
    Omaha World-Herald ^ | July 25, 2010 | By Ross Boettcher and Joseph Morton
    Sarah Hughes-Deeney peered down at the label on the plastic iced tea bottle.Bingo.No added sweeteners. Most important, no high fructose corn syrup. Hughes-Deeney, 30, who was shopping in Omaha at Whole Foods with her husband, John Deeney, and two young children, tries to avoid high fructose corn syrup and other added sweeteners when picking food and beverages. Advertising An alternative sugar's history
  • High fructose, trans fats lead to significant liver disease, says study

    06/22/2010 9:37:19 AM PDT · by decimon · 10 replies
    Scientists at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center have discovered that a diet with high levels of fructose – levels equivalent to that in high fructose corn syrup – and of trans fats not only increases obesity, but also leads to significant fatty liver disease with scar tissue. Moreover, the researchers conducted the study in a new mouse model of obesity and liver disease that so closely models human disease they will now be able to test therapies to determine their effectiveness, according to Rohit Kohli, M.D., a gastroenterologist at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and the study's main author. "Fructose...
  • Corn Syrup Use Drops 11%. Consumers Choose Sugar

    06/03/2010 8:06:06 AM PDT · by stillafreemind · 75 replies · 1,041+ views
    Associated Content ^ | June 3rd, 2010 | Sherry Tomfeld
    Things are changing for corn syrup. Hunt's and Snapple are just 2 of the companies who have decided to listen to consumers' wants and use sugar instead of corn syrup. More and more companies are starting to jump on the no corn syrup band wagon and it is showing up in the use of corn syrup dropping 11% . The use of sugar has risen approx. 7%.
  • Carbs against Cardio: More Evidence that Refined Carbohydrates, not Fats, Threaten the Heart

    04/29/2010 3:05:37 AM PDT · by Future Useless Eater · 68 replies · 2,170+ views
    Scientific American Magazine ^ | May 2010 | Melinda Wenner Moyer
    Eat less saturated fat: that has been the take-home message from the U.S. government for the past 30 years. But while Americans have dutifully reduced the percentage of daily calories from saturated fat since 1970, the obesity rate during that time has more than doubled, diabetes has tripled, and heart disease is still the country’s biggest killer. Now a spate of new research, including a meta-analysis of nearly two dozen studies, suggests a reason why: investigators may have picked the wrong culprit. Processed carbohydrates, which many Americans eat today in place of fat, may increase the risk of obesity, diabetes...
  • High Fructose Corn Syrup Linked to Liver Scarring

    04/21/2010 2:21:20 PM PDT · by neverdem · 74 replies · 1,428+ views
    High fructose corn syrup, which is linked to obesity, may also be harmful to the liver, according to Duke University Medical Center research. “We found that increased consumption of high fructose corn syrup was associated with scarring in the liver, or fibrosis, among patients with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD),” said Manal Abdelmalek, MD, MPH, associate professor of medicine in the Division of Gastroenterology/Hepatology at Duke University Medical Center. Her team of researchers at Duke, one of eight clinical centers in the Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis Clinical Research Network, looked at 427 adults enrolled in the network. They analyzed dietary questionnaires collected...
  • Sweet problem leaves bad taste

    04/20/2010 8:39:41 PM PDT · by neverdem · 134 replies · 1,779+ views
    The Herald-Mail ^ | 04/19/2010 | CHAD SMITH
    A new Princeton University study is raising new questions about the influence that the long-term consumption of high fructose corn syrup (hfcs) might be having on our country's obesity epidemic. In a study published online on Feb. 26 by Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior journal, researchers from Princeton University studied rats and hfcs. The study found rats that consumed water sweetened with hfcs, in addition to a diet of rat chow, gained "significantly more weight" than rats who consumed water sweetened with regular table sugar and rat food. Interestingly enough, the concentration of the hfcs in the rats' water was only...
  • Princeton researchers find that high-fructose corn syrup prompts considerably more weight gain

    03/22/2010 1:19:34 PM PDT · by dan1123 · 63 replies · 1,467+ views
    Princeton University ^ | March 22, 2010 | Hilary Parker
    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. In addition to causing significant weight gain in lab animals, long-term consumption of high-fructose corn syrup also led to abnormal increases in body fat, especially in the abdomen, and a rise in circulating blood fats called triglycerides. The researchers say the work sheds light on the factors contributing to obesity trends in the United...
  • A sweet problem: Princeton researchers find...high-fructose corn syrup prompts...more weight gain

    03/22/2010 9:01:26 AM PDT · by decimon · 31 replies · 883+ views
    Princeton University ^ | Mar 22, 2010 | Hilary Parker
    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. In addition to causing significant weight gain in lab animals, long-term consumption of high-fructose corn syrup also led to abnormal increases in body fat, especially in the abdomen, and a rise in circulating blood fats called triglycerides. The researchers say the work sheds light on the factors contributing to obesity trends in the United...
  • Sugar: The Bitter Truth

    02/07/2010 11:33:11 AM PST · by WackySam · 22 replies · 791+ views
    http://www.youtube.com ^ | July 30, 2009 | Robert H. Lustig, MD
    Robert H. Lustig, MD, UCSF Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology, explores the damage caused by sugary foods. He argues that fructose (too much) and fiber (not enough) appear to be cornerstones of the obesity epidemic through their effects on insulin. Series: UCSF Mini Medical School for the Public [7/2009] [Health and Medicine] [Show ID: 16717]
  • Nutrigenomics researchers replicate gene interaction with saturated fat

    11/18/2009 7:41:43 AM PST · by neverdem · 18 replies · 682+ views
    Tufts University via physorg.com ^ | November 17th, 2009 | NA
    Tufts University researchers have identified a gene-diet interaction that appears to influence body weight and have replicated their findings in three independent studies. Men and women carrying the CC genotype demonstrated higher body mass index (BMI) scores and a higher incidence of obesity, but only if they consumed a diet high in saturated fat. These associations were seen in the apolipoprotein A-II gene (APOA2) promoter. "We believe this is the first time a gene-diet interaction influencing BMI and obesity has been replicated in as many as three independent study populations," says corresponding and senior author Jose Ordovas, PhD, director of...
  • When heated, high-fructose corn syrup can be dangerous

    10/02/2009 9:34:30 PM PDT · by neverdem · 114 replies · 2,646+ views
    R&D Daily ^ | August 26, 2009 | NA
    Researchers have established the conditions that foster formation of potentially dangerous levels of a toxic substance in the high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) often fed to honey bees. Their study, which appears in the current issue of ACS' bi-weekly Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, could also help keep the substance out of soft drinks and dozens of other human foods that contain HFCS. The substance, hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF), forms mainly from heating fructose. In the new study, Blaise LeBlanc and Gillian Eggleston and colleagues note HFCS's ubiquitous usage as a sweetener in beverages and processed foods. Some commercial beekeepers also feed...
  • 5 Myths We Need to Can About Soda Taxes - Why do politicians keep trying to tax your Coke?

    10/01/2009 5:16:58 PM PDT · by neverdem · 76 replies · 1,641+ views
    Reason ^ | September 29, 2009 | Katherine Mangu-Ward
    Like bears to honey or zombies to brains, politicians find something irresistible about soda taxes. President Obama recently told Men's Health magazine that he thinks a "sin tax" on soda is "an idea that we should be exploring." San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom moved to impose a fee on stores for selling sugary drinks, only to admit that his plan was probably illegal. In December, New York Gov. David Paterson proposed a 18 percent tax on full-sugar soda to help cover a budget shortfall. After a public outcry, he claimed he was just raising awareness about childhood obesity. But he...
  • King Corn the movie.

    06/29/2009 12:28:06 PM PDT · by MetaThought · 19 replies · 928+ views
    Fat Head Blog ^ | Jun 28, 2009 | Tom Naughton
    I heard about King Corn when Nora Gedgaudas interviewed Curt Ellis, one of the film’s creators. Ellis and his co-creator Ian Cheney decided to learn about the dominance of corn in our food supply by growing an acre of corn in Iowa, then following where corn goes after it’s harvested. The short answer is: it goes into pretty much everything. People like to blame the big, bad food industry for turning us into a nation of corn-eaters, but it was clear to me (and yes, this fits nicely with my own bias) that the problem is rooted in stupid government...
  • Ecologists’ own goal: ozone saver is global warmer

    06/28/2009 10:01:31 AM PDT · by neverdem · 17 replies · 715+ views
    timesonline.co.uk ^ | June 21, 2009 | Jonathan Leake
    THE green movement’s greatest triumph – the abolition of ozone-destroying CFC gases in the 1980s – may become its biggest embarrassment because of research showing that their replacements are sharply accelerating global warming. CFC, or chlorofluorocarbon, gases were widely deployed in air-conditioning and refrigeration units before they were found to destroy the ozone layer and banned under the 1987 Montreal protocol. They were replaced by HFCs – hydrofluorocarbons – gases that have far less effect on ozone but have since been revealed as extremely powerful greenhouse gases. A ton of HFC23 used in refrigeration has the same global warming potential...
  • Sugar Is Back on Food Labels, This Time as a Selling Point

    03/21/2009 3:32:08 PM PDT · by neverdem · 118 replies · 4,366+ views
    NY Times ^ | March 21, 2009 | KIM SEVERSON
    Sugar, the nutritional pariah that dentists and dietitians have long reviled, is enjoying a second act, dressed up as a natural, healthful ingredient. From the tomato sauce on a Pizza Hut pie called “The Natural,” to the just-released soda Pepsi Natural, some of the biggest players in the American food business have started, in the last few months, replacing high-fructose corn syrup with old-fashioned sugar. ConAgra uses only sugar or honey in its new Healthy Choice All Natural frozen entrees. Kraft Foods recently removed the corn sweetener from its salad dressings, and is working on its Lunchables line of portable...
  • Pepsi to release sodas with natural sugar (Pepsi to release sodas with natural sugar)

    03/09/2009 2:34:30 PM PDT · by rawhide · 81 replies · 2,760+ views
    ajc.com ^ | 3-9-09 | JOE GUY COLLIER
    In a nod to the early days of cola, Pepsi will release this year some soft drinks using sugar instead of high-fructose corn syrup. In select cities, Pepsi is rolling out Pepsi Natural, a premium cola made from natural sugar, caramel, kola nut and apple extract. Natural will be available in Chicago, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Portland, Las Vegas and New York. Pepsi also will release Pepsi Throwback and Mountain Dew Throwback, which will both use sugar and come in retro-look packaging. The Throwback products will be available across the United States for eight weeks...
  • Mercury contaminates high fructose corn syrup

    03/05/2009 7:09:04 PM PST · by neverdem · 33 replies · 1,306+ views
    Statesville R&L ^ | February 19, 2009 | Julie Whittington
    High fructose corn syrup is not as sweet as it may seem, as recent research and new publications have reported this past week. Products containing the sweetener, which I have encouraged consumers to avoid in prior articles, were recently tested for mercury contamination. Yes, that's right — mercury. Apparently, the high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is made by a process through which contamination with mercury can occur. The caustic soda that removes the corn starch from the kernel has been done for decades by mercury-grade caustic soda. Unfortunately, the mercury can end up in the HFCS. While most processing plants...
  • Coke dropping 'Classic' tagline from logo

    01/30/2009 3:01:28 PM PST · by Daffynition · 87 replies · 2,727+ views
    YahooFinance ^ | January 30, 2009 | Vinnee Tong, AP Business Writer
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Neither "New" nor "Classic," Coke is simply itself again. Two decades after adding the designation, the Coca-Cola Co. is removing the word "Classic" from its prominent location on the flagship cola sold in the U.S., a company spokesman said Friday. "The reason for being, for classic as a descriptor, has all but disappeared," spokesman Scott Williamson said. The "Classic" tagline -- right under the script Coca-Cola logo -- was added in 1985, when the company introduced a formula that consumers called "New Coke." New Coke never caught on and was sold sparingly until it was dropped...