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NevaRDLD said...

As a registered dietitian, I want to comment on the following quote in this article: "There are so many people now that are interested in going back to a more natural way of life and getting away from chemicals and unnecessary coloring and flavoring, high-fructose corn syrup.” I want to assure people that additives provide an array of properties that enhance and protect the foods we eat. For example, high fructose corn syrup has many other functions in packaged foods besides sweetness. It enhances fruit and spice flavors in yogurt and spaghetti sauces, gives a soft texture and protects freshness in chewy breakfast bars, promotes browning of baked goods and helps maintain consistent moisture to keep products, like dry cereals, fresh. Sugar was used for these very same reasons prior to HFCS. Now manufacturers prefer using HFCS because, as a liquid, it often functions better than sugar in products. And sugar and HFCS have a nearly identical composition, half fructose and half glucose, they are indistinguishable by the body and used in the same way. There are several studies that attest to this as well as to the safety of both sugar and HFCS eaten in moderation as part of a balanced diet that includes a variety of foods based on the guidelines of the food pyramid eaten in appropriate portion sizes and calorie intake balanced with adequate physical activity. Neva Cochran, MS, RD, LD, Consultant to the Corn Refiners Association

February 11, 2011 at 4:11 p.m.

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