Tuesday, December 16, 2008

HFCS Campaign to Sway American Consumers

I called into questions some of the claims in a very PRO- HFCS (High Fructose Corn Syrup) flier that was present in a mass mailing by the an HFCS producers industry group. Two scientists wrote a piece to dispel the "10 myths of HFCS". There were several issues, but the most blatant in my opinion was their comments on GMO-DNA. They had an awful spin on the topic, one a reputable scientist would not soil their reputations over. See for yourself, a cut-and-paste of the email is below. As of today this letter (e-mail) has yet to be answered:

From: JP Saleeby, MD
To: white.tech.res@gmail.com; jforeyt@bcm.tmc.edu
Sent: Wed, 26 Nov 2008 9:50 am
Subject: Ten Myths about HFCS paper


I have read with great interest the information enclosed in a packet I received in the mail last week. It included "Ten Myths about HFCS" and one issue I have is with the 10th Myth. Pertaining to whether HFCS has DNA from genetically modified corn... should the question and subsequent answer be related not so much to the DNA but rather to the proteins coded for by GMO DNA? The DNA in and of itself is probably harmless, but the proteins as products of gene modification are what concerns the public and should have probably been addressed.

Also any information you may have comparing the metabolism of HFCS and glucose, sucrose, etc. would be appreciated.


JP Saleeby, MD

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