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Well, We’re Doomed: Science Says High Fructose Corn Syrup as Addictive as Cocaine

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We’d like to think there’s a big difference between handing a kid a can of soda and offering him a line of cocaine, but new research on the link between high fructose corn syrup and addiction suggests otherwise. Canadian researchers from the University of Ontario studied lab rats’ reactions to increasing doses of high fructose corn syrup (you know, the sweetener that’s in everything from soda to bread) and determined that it produced reactions “similar to those produced by drugs of abuse such as cocaine.”

Once the rats were all hopped up on high fructose corn syrup, they were given access to a lever that controlled how much syrup they received. The more concentrated the syrup, the harder the rats worked to obtain it . . . which, coincidentally, is also true of serious cocaine addiction. The Canadian researchers hypothesized that an unacknowledged addiction to the high fructose corn syrup that sweetens most of our favorite foods could be responsible for the planet’s growing obesity epidemic. If it’s true, this could be a major blow for snack food and soda companies, many of which have gotten away with selling products containing much more high fructose corn syrup than the federal limit would allow.

Of course, this doesn’t mean we’re gearing up for a full fledged drug war on soda and candy bars (despite what Mayor Bloomberg might think). Still, it might be a good idea to keep an eye on the nutrition label of our favorite snack foods, and if we start seeing people go into shock from candy bar deprivation . . . well, then we’ll know we have a problem.

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Hit-Or-Miss

Go Home Health Food Advocates – DIY High Fructose Corn Syrup Now Exists

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Every so often, the world likes to remind us that yes, we do still live in ‘MURICA.

A graduate student at Parsons The New School for Design has just developed an artisanal kit for small-batch DIY high-fructose corn syrup.

The student, artist and designer Maya Weinstein, told Bon Appetit that the idea for her kit sprung from the fact that high fructose corn syrup, despite being one of the cheapest sweeteners in the industry, is still not available for consumer purchase. She said she hopes her DIY HFCS will be just the first of a series of “’citizen food science’ kits that let people make industrial ingredients in their home kitchens.”

“I’d like to give this recipe to people and let them do what they will,” Weinstein told BA. “It’s all about doing it yourself, taking the ideas of open sourcing technology and applying them to food. By taking back these foods that aren’t ours, deconstructing them and reconstructing them, maybe we can disrupt the industry a little bit.”

Those who actually like the sweet taste of processed food and were hoping to create their own hyper-sweetened Coke on crack, however, should know that Weinstein’s kit cost her between $70 – $80 for “just a little jar.”

BA thought it was delicious though – like “corn candy.”

Check out the ingredients for yourself below:

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H/T + PicThx Bon Appetit

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Hit-Or-Miss

Saturday Night Live Takes a Shot at ‘High Fructose Corn Syrup’

Saturday Night Live sets up a spoof commercial on the hazy facts surrounding High Fructose Corn Syrup. Who should we believe? The mother with the facts, or the scientists? HFCS creates fat-producing empty calories that your body stores away, to later be used in the growth of your beer belly, or muffin tops. I guess either way you look at it, good or bad, most things with HFCS taste great, so grab some Sunny D and have a laugh. (Thx Hulu.com/SNL)

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Corn Sugar, the New Name of High Fructose Corn Syrup

After a 20-year low record of high fructose corn syrup consumption, the name of it has now been changed to corn sugar. Everyone knows high fructose corn syrup has a bad rep. Some scientific studies have linked the corn sweetener in soda to obesity, but there has not been many studies linking it to all the extra baggage people carry, according to Yahoo. I don’t know how much more appealing the new name is, but corn sugar does sound healthier. But just to repeat again, it is the same old stuff. Don’t get fooled. (Thx allerykids)