Monday, July 26, 2010

What Corn Flakes and an Oil Spill Have in Common

Recently, high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) has been called out for its many nefarious effects on the eating public—everything from obesity to Type II diabetes to liver disease is being blamed on HFCS’s abundant presence in just about every processed product on store shelves

You don’t have to look too far to find major brands that Americans don’t trust these days. Think: BP, Goldman Sachs and, well, toss in the names of whatever Wall Street firm and national mortgage lender you’d like. While the good folks who set our breakfast tables with corn flakes and fruit juice have not caused an ecological catastrophe or melted down our financial system (at least not yet), some of them have prompted consumers to take a closer look at their marketing techniques and, subsequently, their products—so much so that food manufacturers could, if they’re not careful, join the black list of brands that everyone hates and nobody trusts.

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Alex Jones responds to High Fructose Corn Syrup

Saturday, July 24, 2010

What is the carbohydrate breakdown (amount of sugar, starch, and fiber) of Raw Agave (not agave nectar)?

Falsely labeled, agave fructose and high fructose corn syrup are both products of advanced chemistry and extensive food processing technology.

There are several sources on the internet that show inaccurate breakdowns of sugar, starch and fiber that do not add up to the total amount of carbohydrates. An example of an inaccurate source is: The starch + sugar + fiber = 2.6g but the total carbohydrates are listed as 4.5g. Please help!

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Fructose Linked to High Blood Pressure

For decades, doctors warned of salt being a culprit in hypertension, or high blood pressure. Now it looks like certain forms of sugar are also to blame for high blood pressure.

A recent study has shown that people who drink 2.5 or more cans of soda (non-diet) per day or eat an equivalent amount of fructose have a 30% increased risk of high blood pressure. Fructose is naturally found in fruit, but in this form it is accompanied by vitamins and phytonutrients, as well as fiber, and its effects are not considered harmful. It is when it is refined into high fructose corn syrup that it becomes a hazard.

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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Can Honest Tea Say No to Coke, Its Biggest Investor?

One option Coke presented, he said, was simply to eliminate the “no high-fructose corn syrup” banner. But Mr. Goldman argued that including the notification was a key signal to buyers that there were no hidden ingredients in the drink, an important issue given the growing chorus questioning whether high-fructose corn syrup contributed to the risk of obesity in adults and children.

HONEST TEA makes juices and teas with natural sweeteners, including the pouch drinks Honest Kids. In early 2008, Coca-Cola took a 40 percent interest in the Bethesda, Md.-based company, which had revenue of $47 million last year. Coke has an option to buy the whole company next year.

THE CHALLENGE Maintaining Honest Tea’s integrity while adjusting to a new relationship with a financial backer that has a different way of doing business.

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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

High-Fructose Corn Syrup May Raise Your Blood Pressure

The commercials are wrong: high-fructose corn syrup is bad for you.

No, really bad. That's according to the results of a new study.

Unlike sucrose - which comes from sugar cane and beets - fructose, which is made from corn, can raise your uric acid levels.

So what?

Elevated uric acid levels can set off a hormone, called angiotensin II, that makes blood vessels contract. This can increase your blood pressure, say researchers at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver.

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The Silly Secret about Chicken McNuggets

Your Chicken McNugget is already 56% corn before you swim it through the high fructose corn syrup dipping sauce they give you. But do you know what else is in it?Proust had his madeleines to evoke the taste of childhood; those of us born after the atomic age have chicken McNuggets.

Turns out the little poultry bites are made of some of the same stuff that goes into one of the most popular toys of the latter 20th century: Silly Putty.

The shocking (well, sort of shocking) revelation came as part of a CNN investigation as to why McNuggets on one side of the Atlantic taste different than on the other. Apparently, British McNuggets are cooked and then coated, where as the opposite is true for American ones. Because the British McNuggets absorb less oil, they have less fat.

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Monday, July 5, 2010

Study: High-Fructose Diets May Raise Blood Pressure

Added Sugar May Be Linked to Hypertension Risk

Foods and beverages with high amounts of fructose from added sugar may increase your risk of developing high blood pressure, according to a new study in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. High blood pressure is a major risk factor for heart attack and stroke.

A type of sugar, fructose is a key ingredient in table sugar and high-fructose corn syrup. Added sugars are found in processed foods such as candy, cookies, and cakes, as well as soda.

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Dr Pepper orders sugar for 125th anniversary

Dr Pepper is prescribing some sugar this summer in honor of its 125th anniversary, the latest in a series of moves by soda makers to temporarily swap out high fructose corn syrup.

The spicy soda made by Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. is rolling out Dr Pepper "Made With Real Sugar" this weekend through early September.

Cans and bottles will feature old logos in the company's deep red, and colorful designs with lions and bright swirls of color harkening back to the 60s. Popular phrases such as "I'm a Pepper" also appear.

There are six different can designs. The company wanted to bring back the sugar version to help highlight its past, which dates to the creation of Dr Pepper by pharmacist Charles Alderton in Waco, Texas, in 1885.

Dr Pepper declined to say if it will try out sugar in other brands such as Canada Dry, 7-Up and A&W Root Beer.

Manufacturers are testing sugar drinks as people's appetite for them increases, as some become concerned about high fructose corn syrup. Though they're nutritionally almost identical and equally caloric, some consumers believe corn syrup is less healthy than sugar.

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