Sunday, April 26, 2009

Cheap corn syrup equals bigger waistlines

In a previous article, I discussed the contamination of high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) with mercury. While a great concern, it's not the only, or even the main, health risk. Among the issues is simply the ease of consuming far too many calories.

According to statistics from the American Heart Association, the prevalence of obesity in American adults was pretty stable from 1960-1980, then climbed 61% in men and 53% in women by 1988.

What change happened in the intervening 8 years? Along with the Soviet War in Afghanistan and the introduction of "Hair Bands" to the music scene was the virtually complete switch in soft drinks from sugar to high-fructose corn syrup.

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