Princeton: Not All Calories Are Created Equal

Well does some of this sound familiar? (Lazy? See last 4 paragraphs)

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Not All Calories Are Created Equally Researchers at Princeton University find that calories from high fructose corn syrup are more likely to cause weight gain than regular table sugar
Deerfield Beach, FL., March 29//PRNewswire/ – According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the rates of obesity in the United States have skyrocketed since the introduction of high fructose corn syrup in 1970. In that time, obesity rates have gone from 15 percent of the U.S. population to roughly one-third.

A new study published in the journal Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior by researchers at Princeton University found that rats with access to high fructose corn syrup gained significantly more weight than those with access to table sugar, even when their overall caloric intake was the same. One reason for this, according to Roger Deutsch, author of “Your Hidden Food Allergies Are Making You Fat”, and President of Cell Science Systems, Corp. (CSS), is that certain chemicals in the immune system, specifically Interleukin-6 and TNF-alpha, interfere with sugar metabolism.

IL-6 is released from T Cells and macrophages to stimulate immune response to trauma, whereas TNF-alpha is used to regulate immune cells.

“Sure, calories in vs. calories out: it’s a law of physics. But the ‘calories out’ part of the equation is impacted by complex biological processes dependent on immune function,” said Deutsch. “Immune function, in turn, is dependent on so many factors: genes, digestion, liver transformation of chemicals in food, etc. These factors are person specific.”

Another cause of the extreme weight gain associated with high fructose corn syrup, said Deutsch, is the body’s inability cope with unnaturally proportioned, over processed sugars. The inability to tolerate foods and environmental factors, also known as sensitivity or intolerance, induces chronic activation of the innate immune system and gives rise to inflammatory processes, which include excess production of reactive oxygen species and the release of preformed and newly synthesized mediators of inflammation.

“Since the beginning of time, humans have been consuming unprocessed sugars without a problem. However, once HFCS was introduced, obesity and inflammatory disease rates skyrocketed. By identifying the items that cause inflammation, such as HFCS, you can dramatically reduce the amount of chronic inflammation, which leads to many different diseases, including obesity,” said Deutsch.

CSS is a life sciences company and the worldwide market leader in food sensitivity testing as the manufacturer of the ALCAT Test. ALCAT identifies cellular reactions to over 350 foods and chemicals. These inflammatory reactions are linked to chronic health problems like obesity and diabetes, as well as skin, heart, joint, and digestive disorders. Located in Deerfield Barch. FL, CSS is a FDA-inspected and registered, ISO Certified, cGMP medical device manufacturer and operates a CLIA-certified laboratory.

Deutsch does not offer any evidence whatsoever that HFCS CAUSES “chronic activation of the innate immune system.”

Read it carefully. He says a bunch of stuff that sounds scientific to the average person, but never shows rational evidence of a causal relationship between HFCS and immune activity or inflammation.

The rat experiment leaves a lot of questions to be answered. The rats given access to HFCS in their chow 12 hours a day gained more fat, but NOT those given 24-hour access. Well, what does that mean?

Now we have the situation where you can walk around Whole Foods and see so many products proclaiming how great they are made with “pure,” “natural” cane sugar instead of “processed” corn syrup.

True, Andersons.
Advertising hype always presents things in a skewed way, depending on what the audience wants. e.g. High sugar cereals are usually promoted as ‘low fat’ options.