WASHINGTON, Aug. 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new peer-reviewed
study has found that those who frequently consume sweetened soft drinks do
not have a higher obesity rate than those who rarely drink them.
The study, published in this month's edition of Food and Chemical
Toxicology, found higher obesity rates correlated with several other
factors, such as the amount of time in front of the computer or TV, or the
consumption of high amounts of dietary fat.
But those who frequently consumed sweetened beverages -- usually
containing high fructose corn syrup -- did not have a higher risk of
"This study supports the notion that no single ingredient or component
in our diets is the sole cause for the obesity rise in the US population,"
said Dr. Mark Empie, one of the study's authors.
The study is in line with previous research that shows no causal link
between high fructose corn syrup and obesity. USDA data show that per
capita consumption of high fructose corn syrup is declining, yet obesity
and diabetes rates continue to rise. In addition, obesity rates are rising
around the world, including in Mexico, Australia and Europe, even though
the use of high fructose corn syrup outside of the United States is limited
Among the new study's findings:
-- A higher physical activity level is related to a lower incidence of
-- Television and computer screen watching time are related to increased
-- High fat diets are related to an increased obesity incidence.
-- Those who frequently consume sweetened beverages -- such as sweetened
soft drinks and punch -- had similar obesity percentages compared to
The study was conducted by the Nutritional and Scientific Affairs Group
at the James R. Randall Research Center at the Archer Daniels Midland
Company. It was authored by Empie, Vice President Regulatory & Scientific
Affairs at Archer Daniels Midland; and Dr. Sam Z. Sun, Senior Nutrition
Research Scientist at Archer Daniels Midland. Archer Daniels Midland is a
member of the Corn Refiners Association.
For the study, the researchers analyzed extensive data from the USDA
Continuing Surveys of Food Intakes by Individuals, CDC National Health and
Nutrition Examination Surveys and the Food Surveys Research Group. The
study was peer-reviewed before its publication.
"The findings were consistent across the various national data bases
relating food consumption and obesity," Empie said. "To our knowledge, this
is the first time that anyone has simultaneously and comparatively used all
these different data bases to look at obesity, lifestyle factors and
consumption of sweetened beverages."
SOURCE Corn Refiners Association