23 Apr '12, 11pm

Autism and high-fructose corn syrup: A deeper look, by @scottros

Autism and high-fructose corn syrup: A deeper look, by @scottros

Grist’s post last week about a paper that aimed to draw a connection between autism and high fructose corn syrup raised an almost immediate furor. Some furors are healthy. As an editor I’m always happy when work that I publish gets people to consider new ideas and information that challenges their assumptions. But some furors are more like, “Guys, you messed up.” I’m afraid that from where I sit this was one of the latter kind. Our article, by Tom Laskawy, who writes for us regularly on food issues and policy, presented news of a peer-reviewed paper that attempted to draw a connection between autism rates and consumption of high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS). Tom’s readers know that he’s not fond of HFCS — he joked about that in his opening paragraph. That’s generally been Grist’s view, too, for all sorts of reasons that are socially, scientifically, and environmentally sound...

Full article: http://grist.org/inside-grist/autism-and-high-fructose-co...

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