- The Washington Times - Friday, June 3, 2011

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Dr. James Rippe neglects to mention that there is an abundance of research that contradicts his premise that “too many calories, not sugar type, is what really matters” (“Chocolate milk battleground,” Commentary, Tuesday).

The “reasoned majority” that he refers to should be made aware of the type of research being conducted regarding the use of high-fructose corn syrup in the food and beverage industry.

According to a Princeton University website posting of March 22, “Princeton researchers find that high-fructose corn syrup prompts considerably more weight gain.” The research team has discovered that “all sweeteners are not equal when it comes to weight gain. … Animals in tests at Princeton became obese by drinking high-fructose corn syrup but not by drinking sucrose (table sugar).”

Further, the study states that “[i]n the 40 years since the introduction of high-fructose corn syrup as a cost-effective sweetener in the American diet, rates of obesity in the U.S. have skyrocketed, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”

The prime target of the day in the national childhood obesity debate should be high-fructose corn syrup, not chocolate milk.

DALE JOHNSON

Lorton, Va.

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