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  •  Killjoy. But, I was thinking the same thing. (3+ / 0-)
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    murrayewv, Involuntary Exile, mos1133

    Do you happen to know what is the real difference between processed white sugar and corn syrup?  I read these articles in our newspaper on how people were eschewing "unnatural" corn syrup for pure and wholesome sugar.  I really don't think there is a difference, healthwise.  What do you think?

    The true danger in politics is when people in power elevate ideological purity over their basic humanity, empathy, and common sense. -- thereisnospoon

    by alliedoc on Sun Oct 03, 2010 at 03:44:50 AM PDT

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    •  I suppose that depends on which syrup you mean (2+ / 0-)
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      Lashe, mos1133

      Unquestionably white sugar should be expected to contain nearly pure Sucrose - the disaccharide of glucose (dextrose) and fructose.

      What corn syrups contain depend, in large part, on the initial and final processing of the cornstarch feedstock. By and large though, a significant proportion of stuff sold as Corn Syrup is glucose. (Significantly more than would be predicted as the product of disproportionating Sucrose to it's contained saccharides).

      Then there is HFCS - totally different kind of beast.

    •  there does seem to be an important difference (2+ / 0-)
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      Involuntary Exile, mos1133

      Below are the results from a couple of studies.  It turns out, hfcs does create more fat people and more diabetics faster than sugar.  Here is an intro, and why these studies matter: According to the latest statistics, new cases of diabetes have increased by 90 percent in the last 10 years, and diabetes or pre-diabetes now strikes one in four Americans. Those are absolutely astounding statistics to say the least. Dr. Joseph Mercola

      The studies:

      A new study in mice sheds light on at least part of the reason for the insulin resistance that can come from diets high in high-fructose corn syrup, a sweetener found in most sodas and many other processed foods.

      Fructose is much more readily metabolized to fat in the liver than glucose, and in the process can lead to nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. NAFLD in turn leads to hepatic insulin resistance and type II diabetes. Science Daily March 3, 2009  


      "Insulin resistance is a common feature of the metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). Both have reached epidemic proportions worldwide with the global adoption of the westernized diet along with increased consumption of fructose, stemming from the wide and increasing use of high-fructose corn syrup sweeteners.  

         It is well established that fructose is more lipogenic than glucose, and high-fructose diets have been linked to hypertriglyceridemia, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), and insulin resistance." Cell Metabolism March 2009; 9(3):252-64  

      It may be that the amount of processing makes a difference, and I assume processing is done with corp bottom lines considered first and foremost, with zero consideration given to health of the consumer, unless said consumer drops dead after the first sip.  --  AJ

      •  Sugar is somewhat healthier than corn syrup (2+ / 0-)
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        Involuntary Exile, mos1133

        I say somewhat healthier, because no one should be loading up on sugar either, but when sugar metabolizes in the liver, it sends a hormone to the brain to produce leptin, which is a neurotransmitter which tells thee body that it has enough sugar in the blood, and therefore acts as a type of hunger suppressant. That's why when someone eats a bunch of sucrose-laden sweets like candy and cookies, he/she gets a tummy ache very quickly after eating too much sugar.

        The problem with high fructose corn syrup is that it metabolizes faster and doesn't have the same subsequent hormone transmission to the brain to stop eating HFCS.

      •  Thanks. I hate what appears to be random (0+ / 0-)

        bull crap without justification.  You sound intelligent.  I hope you are.

        The true danger in politics is when people in power elevate ideological purity over their basic humanity, empathy, and common sense. -- thereisnospoon

        by alliedoc on Sun Oct 03, 2010 at 12:04:11 PM PDT

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