Why did we get so fat, so fast? Toxic sugar, HFCS, obesity and the blame game...

By Elaine Watson

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Related tags: High-fructose corn syrup, Corn syrup

We've all heard the statistics - almost 36% of Americans are now obese. But 50 years ago, it was just 13%. So why did we get so fat, so quickly? And what role did sugar - and specifically high fructose corn syrup - have to play?

Dr. John White, president of White Technical Research and a leading expert on caloric sweeteners, sat down with FoodNavigator-USA at the IFT show in Las Vegas to give us the lowdown...

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Posted by AK,

You must be joking! This interview is insulting to our intelligence. I totally agree with previous comments, and I am not going to believe someone defending HFCS and sugar who gets paid by the Corn Refiners Assc. Get real !

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Posted by Michele Hays @QuipsTravails,

If you're going to interview an expert on the effects of HFCS and sugar on the metabolism, you would have more credibility if you did not interview someone who lists the Corn Refiners Association among their professional affiliations.

Perhaps finding someone in medical research would offer you more credibility.

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Bias in your choice of expert

Posted by Michele Hays @QuipsTravails,

I am disinclined to believe the information in an interview on sweeteners when the scientist you are interviewing lists "Corn Refiners Association" among his professional associations (though I do commend his honesty in listing this association publicly.)

Can you find an expert who studies sugars who is not affiliated with the food industry? Perhaps a researcher whose primary interest is human health and well-being?

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