By Mike Ramey
After studying current research, the American Medical Association (AMA) has concluded that high fructose syrup – used to sweeten many soft drinks – does not appear to contribute more to obesity than other caloric sweeteners. However, the association calls for further independent research to be carried out into the health effects of high fructose syrup and other sweeteners.
“At this time there is insufficient evidence to restrict the use of high fructose syrup or label products that contain it with a warning,” said AMA Board Member William Dolan, MD.
“We do recommend consumers limit the amount of all added caloric sweeteners to no more than 32 grams of sugar daily, based on a 2,000 calorie diet in accordance with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.”
High fructose syrups are sweeteners produced from starches such as maize, rice and wheat. As well as soft drinks, they are used in many food products including breakfast cereals and bread.
Some health experts have suggested that high fructose syrup is implicated in the increase of obesity among modern consumers. But there is little hard scientific evidence, and the few studies currently available have mostly focused on possible short-term effects.
“Obesity continues to be a major public health problem in this country,” continued Dr Dolan. “Overweight and obese adults and children are at an increased risk of chronic health conditions like heart disease and diabetes.
“Eating a healthier diet can help maintain a healthy weight and drastically reduce your chances of developing weight-related illnesses.”
The report of high fructose syrups was introduced at the AMA’s annual policy-making meeting in Chicago on Tuesday (17 June).
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