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The Myths and Facts of High Fructose Corn Syrup

Posted by healtheo360 on Sep 26, 2014 9:50:31 AM

High fructose corn syrup has gotten a bad reputation over the years. A sweetener made from corn, high fructose corn syrup can be found in many products through out the grocery store. Fructose and sucrose, or table sugar, are both composed of fructose and glucose, with the percentages varying ever so slightly. With that in mind, is high fructose corn syrup really as bad for you as everyone says? Here are the myths and facts of high fructose corn syrup.

According to science, there is little difference between high fructose corn syrup and other sweeteners. Both high fructose corn syrup and table sugar contain one glucose and one fructose molecule. Table sugars are fused together while high fructose corn syrup are not, therefore creating a liquid. All sweeteners add empty calories. In the science community, it is common for people to understand that high fructose corn syrup and other sugars are equivalent and that all sweeteners should be consumed in moderation.

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Doctor Disputes Benefits of Omega-3 in Fish, Corn and Sunflower Oils

Posted by healtheo360 on Mar 18, 2014 9:58:01 AM

sirastock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Omega-3 may not be the wonderful supplement that health experts have touted for years.

In fact, Rajiv Chowdhury, a cardiovascular epidemiologist from the University of Cambridge, says in a new study that these polyunsaturated fatty acids don't really reduce the risk of contracting heart disease as previously reported.

His research flies in the face of nutritional recommendations by the American Heart Association and other groups that encourage people to consume omega-3, which is found in fish, and omega-6, contained in corn and sunflower oils.

Chowdhury based his findings on a previous study that showed taking fish oil after heart surgery doesn't stop irregular heartbeats that cause blood clots and strokes.

He also pointed to 20 trials over 24 years published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 2012 that fish oil had no discernible effect in lowering the risk of heart attacks, strokes and death.

The study on the limited heart benefits of omega-3 and omega-six appears in the latest issue of Annals of Internal Medicine.Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

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