Saturday, September 12, 2015

A Surprising Result of Research into Honey and High-Fructose Corn Syrup

"The belief that HFCS (High-Fructose Corn Syrup) may be harmful - linked to obesity or diabetes - has helped sink consumption of HFCS over the last ten years.

Researchers at the USDA decided to put that belief to the test. The honey industry, likely hoping that that honey's suspected health benefits might be proven, helped fund the effort.

The researchers gave subjects daily doses of each of three sweeteners - honey, cane sugar and high-fructose corn sweetener - for two weeks at a time. They then compared measures of blood sugar, insulin, body weight, cholesterol and blood pressure in the 55 subjects.

The researchers found that the three sweeteners basically have the same impacts. Most measures were unchanged by the sweeteners. One measure of a key blood fat, a marker for heart disease, rose with all three...."

"The effects were essentially the same,” said Susan K. Raatz, a research nutritionist at the USDA who conducted the study with two colleagues."

The final conclusion - 

The marketers  “made a big mistake when they called it ‘high-fructose corn syrup,’” said Raatz. "A sweetener is a sweetener, no matter the source."