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Eat Fruit and Get Fat?

Posted in Government and Politics by TeeJaw on Friday, February 11, 2011, 3: 34 PM

What makes fructose fattening? Oregon Health & Science University researchers find some potential clues in the brain:

The dietary concerns of too much fructose is well documented. Sweeteners containing fructose are commonly added to processed foods. Many dietary experts believe this increase directly correlates to the nation’s growing obesity epidemic. Now, new research at Oregon Health & Science University demonstrates that the brain – which serves as a master control for body weight – reacts differently to fructose compared with another common sweetener, glucose. The research is published in the online edition of the journal Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism and will appear in the March print edition.

Great. If fruit were the main source of fructose we wouldn’t be getting so much of it, but high fructose corn syrup is cheaper than sugar so used as a substitute in processed foods. If you want to avoid high fructose corn syrup you’ll have to spend a lot of time in the grocery store reading the fine print on the label of practically everything you buy. It’s not just in sweet things, it’s in practically everything. It’s the sugar import quotes that our wonderful government imposes to help its buddies in the domestic sugar industry that make HFCS cheaper than sugar and therefore widely used as a substitute. Sugar is less fattening and, contrary to popular belief, better for you.

Aside from possibly being a main cause of obesity and type II diabetes, HFCS has also forced large parts of the domestic candy industry to relocate in Canada where there are no restrictions on the importation of sugar. Apparently, HFCS is not a good substitute in candy.

That’s the outcome when government engages in crony capitalism. It’s simply a scheme to help some companies at the expense of other companies and consumers. Politicians and bureaucrats just don’t like allowing the free market to take care of things even though it does a great job of allocating resources and politicians do a lousy job.

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  1. One Hand Clapping said, on Friday, February 11, 2011, 8: 43 PM at 8:43 PM

    Oddly, if I click on this blog post from my FB Newsfeed, it generates “Ads by Google” at the bottom of post, before the tags. Once there was even a Groupon ad with a photo.

    • TeeJaw said, on Friday, February 11, 2011, 11: 26 PM at 11:26 PM

      That must be something generated by your newsfeed. It’s not part of anything done here.


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