I was a consultant to the Corn Refiner’s Association when this posted, but my thoughts and opinions are my own.

I’m back from the Experimental Biology 2012 conference in San Diego. The session: “Fructose, Sucrose, and High Fructose Corn Syrup: Relevant Scientific Findings and Health Implications” created quite a buzz on Twitter. I’ll be posting my summary later this week, but thought you’d enjoy checking out some Tweets right now:

To see more of these you can check out more Tweets in David Despain’s Storify update or check out the hashtags: #EB2012, #sugarshowdown.


April is always a busy month in the nutrition and wellness world. I’ll be attending my state nutrition conference and I also have the opportunity to be in San Diego for the American Society for Nutrition’s Scientific Sessions at Experimental Biology 2012 from April 21-25.

As a consultant to the Corn Refiners Association, I’m always keeping up on the latest sweetener research, and as you know sugar has been in the news quite a bit as of late, and it’s been a topic of great interest to the nutrition community. I’ll be attending “Fructose, Sucrose and High Fructose Corn Syrup: Relevant Scientific Findings and Health Implications,” where a panel, moderated by Penny Kris-Etherton, Ph.D., RD (Distinguished Professor of Nutrition, The Pennsylvania State University), will explore all sides of the sugar debate.  Using scientific literature, the panel aims to determine if fructose is really a danger or if we are instead putting too much focus on one component of the diet.

Panel guests include big names in sugar science:
•    John White, Ph.D., Founder and President, White Technical Research: Fructose Metabolism in Perspective
•    George Bray, M.D., Chief Division of Clinical Obesity and Metabolism, Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Baton Rouge, LA: Fructose: Pure White and Harmful? Fructose by Any Other Name Is a Health Hazard
•    Robert Lustig, M.D., Professor, Clinical Pediatrics, UCSF, San Francisco, CA: The Metabolic Consequences of Fructose: It’s Alcohol Without the Buzz
•    James Rippe, M.D., Rippe Lifestyle Institute, Shrewsbury, MA: The Health Implications of Sucrose, High Fructose Corn Syrup and Fructose: What Do We Really Know?
•    David Klurfeld, Ph.D., Program Leader, U.S. Department of Agriculture – ARS, Beltsville, MD: What Do Government Agencies Consider in the Debate over Added Sugars?

Do you have a question about sugars? If you plan to be at the Meeting, I hope you’ll join us Sunday, April 22 from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. at the San Diego Convention Center, Ballroom 20-D. If you won’t be able to make it, then send your questions my way! I’ll be sitting in on this impressive session and will be able to deliver a few of the most common questions to the panelists. It should be quite interesting, so post your question as a comment below, or if you wish, you can e-mail your questions to me and I will post them (unless you request otherwise). Please post by Thursday, April 19th so I may prepare them for the conference panel.

I’ll be posting tweets live from the panel on April 22, so be sure to follow me on Sunday, April 22 from 3-5pm PST!