Debunking ‘Sugar Is Toxic’ & Other Myths

Each year, the Experimental Biology conference draws members of the scientific community together—including those from the health and nutrition sector—to explore the latest and greatest findings in the name of science. Last Sunday, April 22, 2012, at Experimental Biology 2012 in San Diego, one of the sessions, “Fructose, Sucrose and High-Fructose Corn Syrup: Relevant Scientific Findings and Health Implications,” resolutely debunked two sweetener myths—one rather dated myth that continues to linger in the mind of the general population regarding any scientific differences between the metabolic activity of high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) and sugar, and another piece of misinformation that has begun recirculating as a result of recent national television coverage, namely that sugar is toxic.

HFCS = Sugar

A primary thrust of this Experimental Biology session was to analyze the established and emerging scientific evidence regarding the metabolic effects of HFCS, sucrose and fructose to determine if fructose is truly a metabolic danger or if it is simply a distraction impeding more potentially fruitful areas of scientific research related to the causes of hypertension, diabetes and metabolic syndrome. The session was sponsored by the prestigious American Society for Nutrition, one of the member societies in the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology.

“The intent of this symposium was to give this very distinguished audience the latest scientific information on these three sugars: sucrose, high-fructose corn syrup, and fructose,” says Dr. James Rippe, cardiologist, founder, Rippe Lifestyle Institute, and one of the symposium’s invited speakers. “There is a lot of controversy and a lot of misinformation and confusion related to those three sugars. A lot of people don’t know that high-fructose corn syrup and sucrose are basically the same in terms of their composition. They’re both about half fructose and half glucose.”

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