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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Corn Sugar Webinar Information

So two weeks ago I attended my very first webinar. This webinar was sponsored by CornSugar.com and was presented by Resourceful Mommy Media.  John White, PhD president of White Technical Research is an expert in high fructose corn syrup and was very helpful in giving us facts and information.  It was a pretty cool idea and the topic was super informative.  We learned about high fructose corn syrup (hfcs) or corn sugar.  The name "hfcs" has become almost profanity to some people.  As parents we have been told to avoid it at all costs.  I remembered hearing the rule, "if you can't pronounce it, you shouldn't put it in your body."  Well, I can pronounce fructose, but that's only because I've heard it so many times.

Table sugar and high fructose corn syrup “have the same exact effect on obesity and diabetes and on heart disease. It’s not that one is better.”  "Replacing HFCS with sucrose will not reduce obesity or improve health; they are essentially the same."  Don't fact quote me on this, but I think sucrose is what's in table sugar and stuff...

The biggest thing I learned from this webinar is that hfcs is not really as bad as I'd thought.  It is not more fattening, it is not any more unhealthy than other sugars.  The reason that it is so widely used is that corn syrup is much easier to mix into foods than regular sugar because it is already in liquid form.  Can sugar is in solid form and the extra step of having to turn it into a liquid must be utilized when company's are making their products. 

After the webinar, I went onto Twitter and started posting some of the stuff I learned.  Then people started getting irate with me and said that I am being mislead by big corporations.  Well, I don't know.  I still feel the same way as I did before.  Everything in moderation.  I try not to eat too much unhealthy sugary junk anyway.  Would I eat something with hfcs?  Sure.  Would I give it to my kids?  Sure.  I'm not gonna hook it into an IV and feed it directly into our veins, so I'm not too worried about it right now.

Any thoughts?  I'd love to hear what you're reaction is and what you've heard about hfcs.

“The information shared was provided by the Corn Refiners Association.  I have been compensated for writing this blog post.  All opinions are my own.”

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