Sugar takes on high fructose corn syrup in high stakes legal battle to see which is most unhealthy
(NaturalNews) In what has all the appearances of the pot calling the kettle black, two of the unhealthiest and most widely consumed items in the American diet are headed to court to decide which one is more evil. Big Sugar is taking on Big Corn and their High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) in a landmark battle scheduled to go before a Los Angeles federal judge this week.
Sugar producers are accusing their corn industry rivals of false advertising by casting HFCS as “nutritionally the same as table sugar” and claiming that “your body can’t tell the difference.” The sugar group contends that HFCS is far less healthy than table sugar and is demanding that the Corn Refiners Association ads be halted as well as demanding payment of unspecified monetary damages.
Medical research on the metabolic effects of consuming sugar versus high fructose corn syrup has consistently indicated heightened risks from the liquid sweetener, said Michael I. Goran, director of the Child Obesity Research Center at USC’s Keck School of Medicine.
“There’s definitely a difference in metabolic fate and outcome of fructose ingestion relative to glucose,” Goran said, noting that HFCS contains more fructose, as its name implies. “So the more you tip the scale toward fructose, the more those negative effects kick in.”