The fat of the land.
* High fructose corn syrup is simply a kind of corn sugar. It has the same number of calories as sugar and is handled the same by the body. The American Medical Association stated that, "Because the composition of high fructose corn syrup and sucrose are so similar, particularly on absorption by the body, it appears unlikely that high fructose corn syrup contributes more to obesity or other conditions than sucrose." High fructose corn syrup is an ingredient that provides competition in the marketplace for a government protected ingredient: table sugar. Manufacturers of corn sweeteners do not receive government support payments. Our industry buys corn on the open market and has been faced with above average corn prices due to increased demand for corn. There is a widely held view that HFCS is in everything--unnecessarily. And that many of these foods/beverages never used to contain a sweetener until HFCS came along. In fact, almost all of the products that now contain HFCS used to contain another caloric sweetener (primarily sugar). Furthermore, U.S. Department of Agriculture data shows that per capita consumption of high fructose corn syrup is actually on the decline, yet obesity and diabetes rates continue to rise according to the Center for Disease Control. As many dietitians agree, all sugars should be consumed in moderation as part of a balanced lifestyle. Consumers can see the latest research and learn more about high fructose corn syrup at www.CornSugar.com.
Audrae Erickson, President
Corn Refiners Association
* I am confused; I thought you were an insurance publication. However, when I picked up the April, 18, 2011 Life & Health issue, I notice the article, "The Fat of the Land." This is a health issue you are writing about, sir. You even mentioned Starbucks and KFC, as well as several independent food establishments in various locations throughout the country. Sir, I believe you are out of line by naming those companies in your article. Surely you can find something more interesting of which to editorialize.
* I returned last month from a 12-day trip to Corsica and France. During the entire trip, after seeing thousands of individuals, I can honestly say that I saw two people who would be classified as overweight. And it wasn't until I arrived at the departure lounge of Charles de Gaulle Airport that I saw two obese individuals. The one person was wearing what appeared to be an American sweatshirt. So, they might not have been French. The French may die of smoking-related illnesses but cheese, croissants, coffee and wine seem to suit them--and from what I saw, they don't overeat. After making that mental note, returning to the States, I was aware of obesity everywhere, including the 30-something, 5'8" 350+ lb. woman I saw waddling into the supermarket. We are killing ourselves with too much food and too little exercise! Unfortunately, I see it in my own family.
Edward C. Auble
* I go back to the days of Steve and was surprised when he left. However, I never grabbed the NU the nano-second it landed in my inbox the way I do now. I absolutely can't wait to read your editorials. I think our fathers were twins of different mothers, unconcerned until the boom fell. That said, though, I had buffalo sirloin on my salad last night ... no weight, blood pressure or heart issues (yet). Keep up the great thought-provoking editorials!
Janet E. Kean
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|Title Annotation:||LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: FEEDBACK|
|Author:||Erickson, Audrae; Hosfield, Dan; Auble, Edward C.; Kean, Janet E.|
|Publication:||National Underwriter Life & Health|
|Article Type:||Letter to the editor|
|Date:||May 9, 2011|
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