High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is now an ingredient in almost every processed food, biscuits, soft drinks, jams, ketchup, candy bars, fruit juices, cookies, chocolates, yoghurt, pizzas, beers, cakes, breads, cereal bars, salad dressings, potato chips, etc, you name it.
"Fructose" and "corn" conjure in our minds images of ears of juicy corns and baskets of fresh fruits. The name high fructose corn syrup sounds rather harmless, and in fact even suggests substances that are natural and healthy, but what exactly is it?
High fructose corn syrup suppliers argued that as HCFS and table sugar both are made up of about 50 percent fructose and 50 percent glucose, they are just as sweet, have about the same
per gram, and they have the same impact on our body. In an opposite tone, some nutritional science studies report that HFCS is worse than sugar. The glucose and fructose molecules in
are bonded together in 1-to-1. When sucrose enters the stomach, the glucose and fructose molecules are channelled to either the bloodstream (for glucose) or to the liver (fructose). It is said that the body processes the fructose in HFCS differently than it does for sugar, which in turn changes the way
regulating hormones function. When the altered fructose is metabolized in the liver, it tends to turn into triglycerides, kicking more
out into the bloodstream, and increasing risk for heart diseases. Several recent studies show that drinking large amounts of carbonated beverage is associated with increased risk for obesity. Scientists also found that drinks containing HFCS had high levels of reactive carbonyls shown to have the potential to trigger cell and tissue damage that could cause
Truths About Corn Syrup Can Save Your Life
1) Corn syrup is made from corn...and is fine in moderation? This is what the Corn Refiners Association in United States is disseminating and propagating on national TV - that HFCS is natural and safe for your health. Lies and treacheries.
2) Ironic as it may seem, so-called "fruit sugars" can be dangerous for diabetics. Read Fructose Corn Syrup or Fruit Sugar?.
End of "Sugar is Bad, But is High Fructose Corn Syrup Worse?" Back to "Why Health Food Matters and Makes a Difference".
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