Last year the Corn Refiner’s Association spent oodles of cash (and I mean oodles) to get us to believe that high fructose corn syrup is nothing to fear, but what does it really do to our bodies?
I interviewed Fat Headfilmmaker, Tom Naughton, to ask that question for my upcoming Real Food for Rookies class. You can listen to the whole interview below (which will be part of class #3 where I teach which sweeteners to use and for which recipes), but here are a few highlights…
- “If you look at what High Fructose Corn Syrup does, it actually has almost identical affects on your liver as drinking alcohol, which is why kids and young people are ending up with fatty liver disease.”
- “I would like to say that if you just avoid soda pop you’re OK, but that’s unfortunately not true. It’s certainly a big portion of the HFCS in the modern diet, but if you just walk up and and down the grocery store aisles and look at labels, you’ll be stunned at how often you see high fructose corn syrup in the ingredients. You can pull a loaf of bread off the shelves and the odds are at least 50/50 that you’ll see high fructose corn syrup in your bread, you’ll see it in all kinds of snacks and all kinds of processed foods.”
- Quoting Dr. Robert H. Lustig, MD, UCSF Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology, “If you have a child and you would not give that child a beer, why would you give him a soda with high fructose corn syrup? It’s essentially going to have the same affect on his liver.” (That quote is from Dr. Lustig's now famous “Sugar, the Bitter Truth” video, which I've embedded here – it's long but SO worth it.)
- “There was a study done looking at rats, one group eating food sweetened with regular sugar, and the other group eating the same amount of calories, but their food was sweetened with high fructose corn syrup. The rats that had their food sweetened with HFCS got fatter on the same number of calories.”
Tom & I also discussed these questions:
- What about just “corn syrup”?
- What about “corn syrup solids”?
- How does he feel about the term “only in moderation”?
- What does he think of the commercials that tried to get people to believe it was ‘no different than regular sugar'?
This was a sneak peek at one of the interviews from the Real Food for Rookies Class. If you haven’t yet, go sign up now! Enrollment ends in less than a week!
Did you see the latest video where I tell you about my food conversion story and why I wanted to do this class? (See below.) Lastly, check out the new Rookie Class FAQ page.