Just in time for Thanksgiving <g> yet another story on the HFCS scam:
Here's the URL for the Science Daily article:
One paragraph really hits home:
"With the introduction of HFCS in the 1970s, an increased intake of
fructose has occurred and obesity rates have risen simultaneously."
And now, O Ye Stalwarts of ahr, have a wonderful Thanksgiving with
family and friends -- and with guests who have nowhere to go.
And during the exact same time period, computer ownership has skyrocketed!
HFCS therefore causes computer ownership.
Think, carefully, about /both/ of those alleged correlations.
Ever heard of this logical fallacy?: A preceded B, therefore A caused B.
That paragraph in sciencedaily.com is a classic example of that fallacy.
Happy Turkey Day to all of you as well. Diet Cokes all around.
Yes, Yes, I know about correlation and causation from my many years in
the trenches of the non-smokers' rights battles. The tobacco lobby
made good use of that "correlation doesn't mean causation" fallacy.
However, I wouldn't write off the HFCS correlation/causation quite so
There are a lot of other factors that can easily explain the increasing
weight of Westerners in general and Americans in particular:
* The advent of cable TV, and affordable recorded and recordable video
media and equipment to use it with, computers, video games, and
Internet, motivates people to be less active
* Population shift into neighborhoods where a car rather than walking is
used to go to the corner store
* Employment shifting to occupations with less physical activity
* Increasing size of the single serving soda bottle
* Fast food restuarants coming up with "value meals" and low price for
"supersizing" (fries and especially sodas have low actual cost)
* Fast food restaurants making available larger burgers
* Increasing sugar content in fruit juices
* A noted increase in restaurant portions
- Don Klipstein ( email@example.com)
As a kid in the '50s, there was a Pepsi jingle for the 12 oz bottles that
went "Pepsi Cola hits the spot, two full glasses, that's a lot" So we went
from 6 ounces a serving to 16, 20, even more at many places.
Agree with your other notes also.
firstname.lastname@example.org (Don Klipstein) wrote in
I sit at a computer much of the day.
I eat in restaurants a lot (Red Robin's stack-o-rings! Yum!).
I drink a lot of 20oz Diet Dr. Peppers.
I eat way too many cookies than are good for me, I'm sure.
I supersize when they offer it.
So how come I'm 6'2" and 180 lbs?
Genetics? Age? That was me until I hit 40 [well- 185, but most the
carnies always guessed my weight at 165]--- Despite warnings from my
father, I swear the day after my 40th birthday I weighed 210. At 47
I weighed 265 & had a heart attack. Now I fight to stay under 240.
There's another kind of sugar that's good for you - sort of.
Lactulose is available over-the-counter in Europe but requires a
prescription here. The body cannot digest Lactulose, so the stuff moves,
eventually, to the large intestine. In the large intestine, the resident
bacteria go "Whoopee! Yum-yum time!" and start digesting the Lactulose like
crazy. In so doing, this fermentation process calls on the body for more
water (why, I don't know).
The result is a VERY effective stool-softener, and, unlike many other stool
softeners, can be taken daily for decades.
In sum, Lactulose is a specific for constipation (and a couple of other
Or could make it worse. Taking opiates, for example, slows down the
peristalic action of the intestines, allowing waste to pass more slowly
through the large intestine. This slower process causes more moisture to be
removed from the waste which, in turn, causes constipation.
In this case, the object of the drill is to get MORE moisture into the bowel
(which more fiber won't do).
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