Wednesday, November 28, 2012

High Fructose Corn Syrup and Type 2 Diabetes - November 28th, 2012
Researchers have found an association between consumption of high fructose corn syrup and the prevalence of Type 2 diabetes, according to a new study published in the journal Global Public Health.

Researchers from the University of Oxford and the University of Southern California found, specifically, that the Type 2 diabetes prevalence was 20 percent higher in countries where the food supplies contained HFCS.

Type 2 diabetes prevalence in countries where the food supply included more HFCS was 8 percent, while it was 6.7 percent in countries where HFCS is not included in the food supply.

High-fructose corn syrup is a kind of sugar, and is used as a sweetener in many foods including soda and candy.

"The study adds to a growing body of scientific literature that indicates HFCS consumption may result in negative health consequences distinct from and more deleterious than natural sugar," study researcher Michael I. Goran, a professor of preventive medicine at the University of Southern California, said in a statement. Goran is also the director of the Childhood Obesity Research Center and the co-director of the Diabetes and Obesity Research Institute at USC.


Ashleysh22 said...

It drives me crazy that corn syrup is in so many things! Some countries in Europe tax the companies that produce products with HFCS. I think that is an excellent way to do things because it encourages the companies to use better ingredients, rather than taxing the products and controlling the consumers directly.

Mia said...

I agree Ashleysh.

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