Nobody discounts the seriousness of America's obesity problem, least of all those of us who grow and refine pure natural sugar. But the filmmakers of "Fed Up" have continued to use inaccurate information, despite having been provided facts and figures by
We believe that giving consumers incomplete, or even misleading, information does them a serious disservice. In particular, we are troubled by the oft-repeated negative messages about the supposed role of natural sugar in our nation's obesity crisis--despite government data demonstrating that over the past 39 years American per capita sugar consumption has decreased significantly, approximately 34 percent, just as rates of obesity, diabetes and other metabolic diseases have risen.
Moreover, many products that are often called "sugar-sweetened," particularly beverages, contain high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), not sugar. Scientists featured in the film have previously noted that the higher percentages of fructose in most varieties of HFCS "would be more damaging." Other researchers have concluded that molecular differences between sugar and HFCS are biologically meaningful.
The differences between HFCS and sugar are among many reasons why a number of sugar beet and cane farmers and other producers were joined by
For those more interested in the truth than in manufactured controversy, we encourage them to visit http://www.sugar.org.
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