That's not actually accurate. First of all, there are LOTS of professionals against the use of HFCS.
Sure, and there are a lot of professionals who are cranks. What matters is what the science/evidence shows.
It isn't even corn syrup.
That's technically accurate, and thanks for the correction.
Also, HFCS isn't as sweet as real sugar or any of the alternatives such as stevia. This means in order to get the desired flavor, they have to add lots more of it. And that's part of the draw. Not only is it a sweetener, it is also a filler.
It's not a filler - it's a sweetener. It doesn't add bulk, it just adds calories. The lettuce on your BLT is a filler - it adds bulk without (much) calories.
The "meat" at taco bell, for example, has so many fillers added, it can't even be considered meat. I'm not compaining about taco bell... I like it actually.
Heh. Well I'm not a big fan of Taco Bell. Only thing I like there is their "Fries Supreme", and apparently that's not even sold in the US. But I'd like to see some evidence for your claim. Because taco bell claims otherwise:
The relevant bit:
"After cooking our 100% premium beef, we remove and drain off excess fat. Then we add water for moisture, along with our signature blend of 12 authentic seasonings, spices, and other ingredients - much the same way you prepare taco meat at home."
Of course, they could be lying, but given all the myths that get passed around about fast-food, I'm more likely to side with them than with you. Some evidence to support your position would be wonderful.
In contrast, try comparing Dr. Pepper ... CocaCola imported from Mexico ... HFCS is less sweet and contains a much larger ratio in the mix.
Taste is entirely subjective, so I'm not going to go into that. It has no relevance to the health claims, anyway.
Look, I really don't want to get drawn into extended back-and-forth Fisking. I didn't read all of your links, because the first one seemed questionable on the face of it. I picked one semi-randomly, and it was the Mayo article (almost always a credible source). Here is what that article says:
"At this time, there's insufficient evidence to say that high-fructose corn syrup is any less healthy than other types of sweeteners. We do know, however, that too much added sugar â" not just high-fructose corn syrup â" can contribute unwanted calories that are linked to health problems, such as weight gain, type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome and high triglyceride levels. All of these boost your risk of heart disease. "
That is the crux of what I said earlier. It's calories in vs. calories out. That right there is the biggest issue with Americans. You eat more calories on average than other nations, and you get less exercise than many. The excessive use of HFCS is a part of that, but the insane size of your portions is - in my opinion - equally responsible. Regardless of the individual contributing factors, the real cause of diabetes is (as I already stated) excessive caloric consumption, and poor fitness. Blaming it on "preservatives" and "additives" is silly - the only thing you need to look at is how many calories are in the average persons daily intake, and how much exercise they get.
Of course, the quality of a diet is important when it comes to other considerations - you require certain nutrients and vitamins which you might not get if you eat junk food all the time. But that also has nothing to do with diabetes, and, even in that case, blaming "preservatives" and "additives" would be ridiculous.
Just to be fair, I did go check out one of your crank websites too; the list of "10 worst food ingredients" is full of the same kind of nonsense as the anti-HFCS arguments. I think it's particularly hilarious that the people who are arguing against HFCS because it provides too many calories are also arguing against aspertame, which provides no calories at all. However, this discussion is getting long enough as it is without getting drawn into 10 new things, so I'll refrain from commenting on the rest.
I asked you earlier for a list of some of the "banned substances" which help other nations avoid diabetes. You didn't really respond to that. If you can give me an actual list of example nations which have lower rates, along with the substances which they ban, I'd be happy to have a look. If you're just going to throw more random half-baked websites at me, then we should probably just call it a night!