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Re: High-fructose corn syrup contains mercury
« Reply #15 on: February 04, 2009, 01:30:50 AM »

There are 90 grams of sugar in a Jolt Blue, my soda of choice. I drink about three a day. SOmetimes four, but we'll call it three for the sake of the math. Fifty grams equal twelve teaspoons of high fructose corn syrup. I drink more than five times that in a day. I am drinking in excess of sixty teaspoons of high fructose corn syrup every day.
Thing is.... 

According to wiki (which I consulted to get a "quoteable" figure), the "high fructose" corn syrup
in most foodstuffs (including soda/pop/soft-drinks) is between 40% and 50% glucose...  It's the
dietary equivalent of sticking a sugar IV in yer arm... 

In terms of how your body metabolizes the stuff (and, by the way, the mouth-feel of the beverage)
cane sugar/sucrose and HFCS are two completely different things.  I'll leave the really hard-science
explanation for one of the bio-chem folks, but basically glucose is like sucrose that's already two-thirds
processed...

I actually had a lengthy discussion with a CCE chemist about this once, and he swore up and down that
there's no difference.  [His statement, from most people, could be misinformation, but from a qualified
specialist, I'm gonna call it a bald-faced lie.]
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Re: High-fructose corn syrup contains mercury
« Reply #16 on: February 04, 2009, 09:37:24 AM »

So, you're saying the situation isn't as bad as it seems?
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Re: High-fructose corn syrup contains mercury
« Reply #17 on: February 04, 2009, 12:15:19 PM »

So, you're saying the situation isn't as bad as it seems?
Worse, actually... 

When you were a kid, did your mom tell you to eat more carbohydrates and less refined sugar?
The carbs get broken down to provide energy, like the sugars, but it takes longer...  HFCS is
something like the ultimate sugar:  it requires as little processing as any energy-source food
you can eat.  I suppose the next step really is an injectible energy drink...


Ohandbytheway...  No wide-ranging scientific study has conclusively linked HFCS with the
increasing incidence of diabetes.  Further, no one has proved that the absence of such
studies has anything to do with the corn and food-processing industries lobbying with great
success to keep any government money from being used to study the long-term effects
of high HFCS levels in one's diet.

Anyone who suggests that the additional presence of easily bio-available glucose in damn near
everything we eat these days could possibly be having an adverse effect on our collective health....
Well that's just crazy talk...  Utter paranoid nonsense.


Oh, and Nyyorkskyyikwawks'k?  Do ya like Coca Cola?  If so, get yerself a bottle of the regular
ol' Coke Classic (made from the original recipe, don'tcha know, except for the HFCS), and one
of the overpriced Mexican stuff...  Do your own "blind taste test" and tell me there's no difference.
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Re: High-fructose corn syrup contains mercury
« Reply #18 on: February 04, 2009, 04:23:18 PM »

Only 20 test samples? What the fuck.

Plus, HFCS isn't that unhealthy. It's quite chemically similar to honey, and if honey isn't natural, I don't know what is. Hell, in one of the resturants I worked in, the head chef would use corn syrup to cut sidr honey, because it's so expensive. Both have a similar fructose/glucose ratio, and both contain some sucrose and other sugars. Both are apporximately 3 kcal/g. There are very few tests for adulteration that will let you know if your $6 an ounce has been stretched with HFCS 55.

It doesn't taste as good as cane sugar, though, but it's easy to produce, readily available, and cheap. But I've a feeling that the presence of mercury in HFCS was a fluke, with only 20 test samples.
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Re: High-fructose corn syrup contains mercury
« Reply #19 on: February 04, 2009, 07:04:37 PM »

Only 20 test samples? What the fuck.

Plus, HFCS isn't that unhealthy. It's quite chemically similar to honey, and if honey isn't natural, I don't know what is. Hell, in one of the resturants I worked in, the head chef would use corn syrup to cut sidr honey, because it's so expensive. Both have a similar fructose/glucose ratio, and both contain some sucrose and other sugars. Both are apporximately 3 kcal/g. There are very few tests for adulteration that will let you know if your $6 an ounce has been stretched with HFCS 55.

It doesn't taste as good as cane sugar, though, but it's easy to produce, readily available, and cheap. But I've a feeling that the presence of mercury in HFCS was a fluke, with only 20 test samples.
All true...  Now imagine if every damn thing in the groocery store contained a couple tablespoons of honey...

In moderation, it's not gonna kill anyone (unless they're, like, diabetic...), but moderation is really hard
to arrange, 'cuz that stuff is in everything. 
(Ya know, there's a good market for all-natural tomato sauce...)
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Re: High-fructose corn syrup contains mercury
« Reply #20 on: February 04, 2009, 08:24:12 PM »

Oh, and Nyyorkskyyikwawks'k?  Do ya like Coca Cola?  If so, get yerself a bottle of the regular
ol' Coke Classic (made from the original recipe, don'tcha know, except for the HFCS), and one
of the overpriced Mexican stuff...  Do your own "blind taste test" and tell me there's no difference.



I used to. It tastes and feels too watery to me now. I used to drink Coke abroad too, but the only side-by-side taste test I was ever able to do was that of two countries other than the US. Spain and Morocco. I actually brought a Moroccan Coke back to the US, but I was going to save it. I eventually drank it in a moment pf othercokelessness. No taste test.

Not mine, but it looked like this:

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