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ABA questions research linking HFCS to diabetes and obesity.

The American Beverage Association American Beverage Association is a trade organization that represents the beverage industry in the United States. Its members include producers and bottlers of soft drinks, bottled water, and other non-alcoholic beverages.  (ABA) has responded to a paper on soft drinks sweetened with high fructose corn syrup (HFCS HFCs: see chlorofluorocarbons. ) and diabetes presented by the American Chemical Society The American Chemical Society (ACS) is a learned society (professional association) based in the United States that supports scientific inquiry in the field of chemistry. Founded in 1876 at New York University, the ACS currently has over 160,000 members at all degree-levels and in . The ABA said last week that techniques used in the American Chemical Society paper's findings "may have been affected by the simple presence of acidity and carbonation, but that there is nothing unique to HFCS".

The association also claimed that, as industry critics have not found links between HFCS and metabolic responses or obesity, it was "a stretch of the imagination to link the laboratory findings of this unpublished in vitro study with the occurrence of diabetes in humans". The ABA continued to counter the paper's links, adding: "neither the National Institutes of Health nor the American Diabetes Association The American Diabetes Association, or the ADA, is an American health organization providing diabetes research, information and advocacy. Founded in 1940, the American Diabetes Association conducts programs in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, reaching hundreds of  lists soft drinks, fruit juice consumption or sugar intake as risk factors for type 2 diabetes type 2 diabetes
See diabetes mellitus.

ABA scientific consultant Dr. Richard Adamson said: "There is absolutely no unique link between soft drinks sweetened with HFCS and diabetes, in children or adults. This work is solely a chemical analysis and does not take into consideration normal digestive and metabolic processes. The researcher's findings simply cannot be extrapolated to people." Adamson said: "Singling out any one food, beverage or ingredient as a unique cause or contributor to diabetes is simply not supported by science."
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Publication:Food & Drink Weekly
Date:Sep 3, 2007
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