Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Corn Products International exceeds expectations

Beverage and confectionary companies cannot just “wake up one day and change what’s in the tank,” explained Beebe, adding that they must first make capital investments.

Corn Products International Inc. reported first-quarter earnings that more than doubled, citing an increase in international sales and currency translation effects. The Westchester-based company beat Wall Street expectations by 7 cents.

The corn processor earned $44 million attributable to shareholders, or 57 cents per diluted share, in the quarter ended March 31, compared with $17 million, or 22 cents per diluted share, in the year-earlier period.

Sales increased 13 percent to $937.2 million from $831.1 million, led by a 69 percent increase in international sales, excluding sales in Canada and Mexico, which are grouped in North American sales.

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Monday, April 26, 2010

High-Fructose Corn Syrup May be Linked with Liver Disease and Metabolic Syndrome

"While HFCS has about the same amount of fructose as cane sugar, what they fail to mention is that the fructose in HFCS is in its 'free' form and not attached to any other carbs."
PepsiCo, Snapple, Con Agra and Kraft all have one thing in common. They are all removing high-fructose corn syrup from some of their products.

According to a research team in Princeton, ongoing intake of high-fructose corn syrup causes substantial increases in body fat, especially abdominal fat which is also known as adipose fat. Other studies have found a correlation between HFCS and liver disease.

In addition, Duke University Medical Center researchers reported that a high intake of HFCS may be linked with liver scarring (fibrosis) for patients who have non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). Metabolic syndrome and liver injury may be a result of long-term consumption of high-fructose corn syrup.

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Sunday, April 25, 2010

Ulcerative Colitis and High Fructose Corn Syrup

Many people find themselves wondering what they can and can’t eat with UC. Or better yet, what is good and what is bad for their ulcerative colitis. So, the hope is this posting will give you an idea with good old High Fructose Corn Syrup and your UC.

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Thursday, April 22, 2010

The Agricultural Subsidies Behind 99-Cent Chips

Government assistance keeps the cost of farming low and supply up, but there is a darker side

If farmers were to sell corn at a profitable price, low-income families would be unable to afford corn products, such as high fructose corn syrup, often found in sweets and sodas.

The supermarket is a delightful place — chips for just 99 cents, sodas for only a dollar. The quantities of food are endless, and at the cash register, there’s still money left in your pocket. But what really causes those cookies, crackers and breads to be so cheap? Good economic times? Hardly. Rather, the agricultural subsidy system and resource subsidies behind U.S. agriculture allow farmers to profit while consumers pay less.

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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

FDA To Control Salt Intake, Not Aspartame Or High Fructose Corn Syrup

The FDA plans to control intake of salt, a natural and necessary food. Meanwhile, known killers like aspartame and high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) are left free to continue their destruction of health. As ever, the usual incestuous techniques have led to this latest ploy to hand over our food supply to Agribusiness, and the marketing campaign to convince you it's a good thing is in full swing, with full cooperation of the news media.

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Monday, April 19, 2010

A High-Fructose Corn Syrup Researcher Answers His Critics

I have to admit that I was fascinated to watch the fallout over the Princeton HFCS study. What I thought would generate a “oh, look, another great reason to avoid HFCS!” reaction swiftly turned into “that study doesn’t prove a thing!” – a sentiment that nutritionists, food business columnists and the Corn Refiners Association all, remarkably, shared.

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Food industry takes a spoonful of sugar vs. corn syrup

Like golfer Tiger Woods, corn syrup has a team of spin doctors working on its image

Choosing sugar for its reputed health properties might sound bizarre, but it makes sense for some of the nation's biggest food-makers.

From Gatorade sports drinks to Heinz ketchup, familiar products are being reformulated with that well-known wonder food: snowy-white, refined cane sugar.

It's a quiet revolution, since many of these same companies see no advantage in bashing the ingredient that sugar increasingly is replacing: corn syrup.

Reading the labels of processed food today, a shopper might wonder whether high-fructose corn syrup makes up the very stuff of the universe. It's seemingly everywhere, from soup and salad dressing to bakery goods — and especially soft drinks.

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Saturday, April 17, 2010

Corn Syrup, A Government Creation

The welfare queens known as the industrial corn growers (e.g., “supermarket to the world” Archer Daniels Midland) still maintain that high-fructose corn syrup is just like sugar. They even have several ad campaigns to that effect. At this point, however, the science on corn syrup is clear that the stuff is absolutely horrible for you.

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News Flash! The HFCS Monopoly is Finally Cracking…

"The back-to-back, double whammy announcements that PepsiCo is ditching high fructose corn syrup in Gatorade along with the results of a scathing new study from researchers at Princeton make it official -- allies of the controversial sweetener have lost the war," BNET writes.

For years, the Corn Refiners Association has been arguing that HFCS is a perfectly natural product that is equal to other forms of sugar.

Of course, the Corn Refiners Association is not going to go down easily. Currently, they appear to be pretending the problem simply doesn’t exist.

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Thursday, April 15, 2010

Ask Heinz If It Makes Non-HFCS Ketchup, Get Health And Diet Lecture

Drew wrote into Heinz asking if they company makes any ketchup that isn't infested by oh-so-bad-for-you high-fructose corn syrup. Instead of a simple "no," he got a lecture on diet and exercise.

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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

High Fructose Corn Syrup To Be Illegal in New York?

Following on the heels of her batty colleague Felix Ortiz who tried to ban the use of all salt in restaurant cooking, New York Assemblywoman Barbara Clark (D-Queens) has proposed a bill to make the "selling, storing, distributing, holding for service, or using in preparation" of high fructose corn syrup illegal in New York, effective immediately on passage of her bill.

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Monday, April 12, 2010

Is High Fructose Corn Syrup Considered A Natural Ingredient?

Anything "Natural" should exist in nature- right?

We get a lot of readers writing in to ask us whether or not a product containing High Fructose Corn Syrup can be labeled as "natural" or "all natural." The latest was from Kirby, who questioned whether HFCS-containing "All Natural" sodas are indeed "all natural." And, at least according to the FDA, the answer is "yes."

While some companies have changed their labeling of products containing HFCS in recent years, it hasn't been done at the behest of the FDA.

Around two years ago, someone at the FDA issued a statement that they believed the process for producing HFCS negated its claim to the "natural" label. But that was a short-lived victory for anti-HFCS types.

In July 2008, the FDA sent a memo to the Corn Refiners Organization clarifying their position on the topic -- not surprisingly in favor of the corn refiners.

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Monday, April 5, 2010

High Fructose Corn Syrup challenge

Perhaps the lab results are mixed, but I’m not convinced by the CRA’s propaganda. I’m reminded of the classic tobacco ad, “More Doctors smoke Camels than any other cigarette.”

What do Campbell’s Vegetable Soup, A-1 Steak Sauce, Ben and Jerry’s Cherry Garcia Ice Cream, Mott’s Applesauce, Yoplait Yogurt, Nabisco Wheat Thins, Robitussin Cough Syrup, Heinz Ketchup (and Hunt’s Catchup), PowerBar, Thomas English Muffins, Starbucks Frappuccino, Coca-Cola (and Pepsi-Cola), Stove Top Stuffing, KFC Potato Salad, McDonalds Big Mac (bun), and Subway’s Deli Style Roll, have in common?

Every one of these food products, among the hundreds of others not included in this list, contains a controversial common ingredient: High-fructose corn syrup. As a result of a double-dog-dare by the New U staff, any food or product containing HFCS was off-limits to me for an entire week. Never one to back down from a challenge, I took the bait, but soon realized I might have made a mistake.

To get a better idea of what I was up against, I needed to arm myself with knowledge of what exactly I could and could not have, and, what the big deal was anyway. While it’s absurd to me that Wheat Thins and Subway deli rolls are being artificially sweetened, my initial thought was “So what? Sugar is sugar, right?”


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The Dangers of High Fructose Corn Syrup

Rats fed hfcs get obese where as rats fed sugar do not.

So, I have written about high fructose corn syrup in the past, but that was before Dr. Hoebel's work on this was published. I alluded to it, but now that the results are out, we can really have an open discussion about the potential dangers of high fructose corn syrup.

In my previous blogs I discuss the findings that there is mercury in a percentage of the hfcs that inhabits so many of our foods and drinks. This is caused from the mercury grade caustic soda that is used in the processing, leaching mercury into the finished product.

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