High-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) has been a whipping boy of late for its heavily processed origins (prompting a campaign about how natural it is), but it's much worse than that: Princeton researchers find that HFCS has a significant tie to obesity.
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You can find HFCS as a sugar substitute in nearly everything sweet and junk foody — partially because it's cheaper than sugar due to corn subsidies. Unfortunately it's also much more likely to make you — or at least lab rats — fat:
A Princeton University research team has demonstrated that all sweeteners are not equal when it comes to weight gain: Rats with access to high-fructose corn syrup gained significantly more weight than those with access to table sugar, even when their overall caloric intake was the same.
"Some people have claimed that high-fructose corn syrup is no different than other sweeteners when it comes to weight gain and obesity, but our results make it clear that this just isn't true, at least under the conditions of our tests," said psychology professor Bart Hoebel, who specialises in the neuroscience of appetite, weight and sugar addiction. "When rats are drinking high-fructose corn syrup at levels well below those in soda pop, they're becoming obese — every single one, across the board. Even when rats are fed a high-fat diet, you don't see this; they don't all gain extra weight."
It's good to know for those of us aiming to lose weight or improve our health, and it's likely something parents will also be glad to know.