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Sun Jul 16, 2017, 11:52 PM

Study linking NAFTA to obesity reminder to read fine print



A study linking an increase in the supply of a common sweetener in Canada to the North American Free Trade Agreement is a reminder that even a small tweak to cross-border trade policy can have a big impact on public health, according to an Ottawa health expert.


University of Oxford researchers scouring the accord discovered a series of tariff reductions on high-fructose corn syrup used in soft drinks and other foods, such as jams or yogurt.

As the tariffs on the U.S.sweetener disappeared over a four-year phase-in period ending in 1998, the researchers noted Canadians' exposure to high-fructose corn syrup jumped from 21.2 calories to 62.9 calories per person per day. Countries that didn't have a similar agreement with the U.S. didn't see the same jump.

'You can't lay all of what's happened in terms of obesity on a single sweetener product.'- Ronald Labonté, University of Ottawa

The researchers' findings were published last week in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.


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Mon Jul 17, 2017, 12:53 PM

1. Even when that one sweetener is incorporated into thousands of products....

...and without the full disclosure of its dangerous affects to health?

Yeah, sure. Rationalize away.

Doesn't change the fact that liver disease, heart disease, gut disease, etc also rose during the same time. To many coincidences.....

All for less than half pennies saving on each product.

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