Stuff You Should Read

Filed under: General Health, Nutrition, Training

1. A sweet problem: Princeton researchers find that high-fructose corn syrup prompts considerably more weight gain. I have usually held the view that HFCS and table sugar are pretty much the same thing. Even though one is man-made and one is nature-made, chemically speaking the are almost identical and research has shown that they are metabolized pretty much identically. Lately though, I have been coming around on this one, because there is increasing research, like in the article above that shows abnormal weight gain, visceral fat, and triglyceride problems with HFCS compared to sugar, even in calorically equal situations. Definitely interesting.

2. Girls Lift Weights Because They Can. Weird, I Know – by Tony Gentilcore. Tony demonstrates why it is ok for women to actually lift some weight. You don’t have to be a super athlete or figure competitor to train hard, sometimes you can just be training for you.

3. Why I Am Not A Vegetarian: The China Study – by Jonny Bowden. This wonderful blog post piggy-backs some of my recent discussion about The China Study, and why T. Colin Campbell just takes it too far. Dr. Bowden covers his opinion in great detail, and really gives a touching read on why he does eat animals.

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Posted on March 26th, 2010 by Brian St. Pierre


  1. fit Says:

    HFCS is worst if you are a rat, this is for sure…

  2. Lauren Says:

    I am no fan of HFCS, but Marion Nestle’s post on this study is worth the read:

  3. Jeff Brewster Says:

    I won’t have a fit if I happen to come across some HFCS once in a while, but when you get down to brass tacks, it almost becomes a non-issue, because any food containing the stuff is likely not something worth buying on a regular basis anyway.

    Even those who would ardently defend it would have to ask, “Do I truly need product “x” in my regular rotation?” The answer is almost invariably going to be a resounding “NO!”

    But at the end of the day, I won’t go bonkers if I happen to run into it, I just would never make a point to consume it on a regular basis.

    But then again, I wouldn’t be mainlining glucose, fructose, or sucrose from any sources, so I suppose that makes it even more of a non-issue to me.

  4. Andrew Says:

    Lauren, I’d throw this argument out there against what Nestle says in that blog post. The fact is that HFCS is in almost everything processed that we eat today while you have to make a conscious decision to put sugar into something you cook/eat. I think that may have been part of the point in the Princeton study in only feeding rats Sucrose 12 hours a day and the HFCS for 24 to try and mimic that effect.

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