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CRA Statement on Human Reproduction Study

Jan 29, 2015 WASHINGTON, DC – "The issue of early-onset puberty is a complex one and current research suggests that diet and other lifestyle factors may play a factor in early menarche. However, studies like this one that attempt to isolate one type of food or ingredient without considering larger factors, such as obesity, do little to find an answer to this problem.

CRA Response to Mayo Clinic Paper on Fructose and Diabetes

Jan 28, 2015 WASHINGTON, DC – Calories from added fructose at normal consumption levels do not pose a unique risk for diabetes. Furthermore, it is highly uncommon for fructose to be consumed by itself. It is typically consumed in combination with glucose. The researchers attempt to support their claim largely from in vitro studies, animal studies and human studies feeding pure fructose at unrealistic levels.

CRA Statement on U of Utah Fructose Study

Jan 5, 2015 WASHINGTON, DC – “Speculation that a recent rodent study conducted by the University of Utah, in which high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) and sucrose were fed to mice, might have relevance to women’s life expectancy or reproductive health may generate sensationalized headlines, but it lacks scientific merit and mischaracterizes the effect of consuming HFCS.

CRA Statement on Open Heart Article

Dec 15, 2014 WASHINGTON, DC – “The recent article in Open Heart examining the effects of a high-sugar diet on cardiometabolic diseases — such as heart disease, high blood pressure and hypertension — offers a highly subjective and incomplete review of the current literature and may lead to misinformation about sugar consumption that will only serve to raise fear and confusion among consumers.

Statement by the Corn Refiners Association on the recent University of Southern California Study On the Effects of Fructose and Glucose on Brain Activity

Dec 10, 2014 WASHINGTON, DC – “The recent study by the University of Southern California claiming fructose consumption reduces satiety signals in the brain -- causing individuals to desire more calories than otherwise – fails to recognize how fructose is consumed in real world settings and provides very limited practical insight.

CRA Response to USC Study on Fructose Ratio in Beverages

Jun 4, 2014 WASHINGTON, DC – Dr. Michael Goran has used improper methodology to arrive at demonstrably false conclusions about the amount of fructose in certain sweetened beverages. Again. Of the three methodologies employed in his study, none is a valid methodology for measuring sugars in beverages.

Corn Refiners Association Statement on World Health Organization Draft Guideline on Sugar Intake

Mar 5, 2014 WASHINGTON, DC – The Corn Refiners Association applauds all efforts that seek to encourage consumers to maintain a healthy, balanced lifestyle, including the practice of moderation in consuming sweeteners. However, we are concerned with the more extreme direction taken by the World Health Organization’s proposed recommendation on cutting added sugar consumption by half in that it is not based on credible scientific research.

CRA Statement on Proposed Changes to Nutrition Facts Label

Mar 4, 2014 WASHINGTON, DC – The Corn Refiners Association (CRA) appreciates that First Lady Michelle Obama and the Administration have taken the initiative to try to improve the Nutrition Facts Label for the benefit of consumers’ health.

Consumer Trends: Shoppers Motivated by Taste and Price

Feb 6, 2014 WASHINGTON (Corn Refiners Association) — Sweetener360, a new, custom research study completed in part by Nielsen and Mintel Consulting and commissioned by the Corn Refiners Association, revealed the thoughts and actions of six distinct consumer lifestyle segments and answered the following questions:

  • What are the top motivators for buying specific foods and beverages?

  • Do consumers who say they actively pursue a healthy lifestyle and avoid total sugars still buy sweetened products at the same rate as other segments?

  • Are consumers avoiding specific sweeteners, total sugars or calories?

CRA Statement on JAMA Internal Medicine Study

Feb 3, 2014 WASHINGTON, DC – “This study provides no evidence of causation between consuming added sugars and an increased risk of cardiovascular disease mortality. In fact, this research is based on a limited observation of data that is close to a decade old. 

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