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Why High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) is not the same as Table Sugar
Ordinary sugar is bad enough but High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) may be even worse.
You can see below that the chemical structure of Sucrose (table sugar) a disaccharide and Fructose and Glucose monosaccharides is different.
Regular sugar is not the same as High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS)
- Table sugar (Sucrose) bonds one molecule of glucose and one molecule of fructose together -- 50%glucose and 50%fructose. Sugar is made from sugar cane or sugar beets. It is pure -- just sugar.
- High Fructose Corn Syrup is a blend of glucose and Fructose. (HFCS-42 is comprised of 42% fructose, 50% glucose, 8% highersaccharides. HFCS-55, is comprised of 55% fructose,40% glucose, and 5% higher saccharide.
"Whether it’s corn sugar or cane sugar, your body can’t tell the difference. Sugar is sugar." Sweetsurpise.
This statement by Sweetsurprise is not true. The body handles fructose differently than it does sugar. They both will make you fat but HFCS is blended so the fructose is not digested in the same way as sugar which is glugose bonded to fructose. The body can indeed tell the difference.
More and more research is finding that High Fructose Corn Syrup HFCS may be harmful to our health. It may be responsible for the high rate of increase in metabolic diseases and diabetes both in children and adults. It is more than the calories which are in fact the same in HFCS as regular sugar. The ratio of fructose and glucose in table sugar is 50/50 but HFCS is not 50/50 and the chemical structure is different. HFCS is blended and that may well be the problem . Some research shows that Fructose is better assimilated by the body when it is bound together in sugar -- the ratio of sugar being 50/50. HFCS can be any ratio the manufactures want it to be.
The metabolization of fructose is very different from glucose. Glucose can be absorbed by any cell in the body. Fructose is metabolized in the liver and how it is introduced into the body affects the way it gets to the liver. How the liver handles the fructose is what initiates the metabolic problems and diseases. Therefore it may indeed be causing havoc on our health -- like cigarettes -- slow -- you do not see the results immediately and without research you may not even make the connection.
We must ask ourselves these questions:
- Why have these metabolic diseases increased along with the increased use of HFCS?
- Are carbonated soft drinks overloading our system with fructose in a form that our bodies cannot handle?
- Why are so many children today developing Juvenile Diabetes?
- Who eats the most "sugar" and drinks the most pop and sugary fruit drinks sweetened with HFCS? Children.
The industry says HFCS it is the same as table sugar, they say that being blended instead of bonded chemically like sucrose (table sugar) makes no difference because it is still glucose and fructose found in both table sugar and HFCS and as they say in the commercial on TV "the body can't tell the difference"
The HFCS Industry gives a number of reasons why food manufactures should use their products.
- HFCS prolongs shelf life.
- Improves texture (helps to maintain chewiness and moisture)
- Flavor enhancer
- Low freezing point -- it can be used straight from the freezer, saves time and money because it stays in a liquid state ready to pour.
- Good for yeast products because of fermentability.
- Much sweeter than table sugar.
- Less expensive.
How can HFCS be the same as sugar if it can do all those things so much better than sugar? Correct me if I am wrong but if HFCS can do all that and sugar cannot then they must be quite different.
Since fructose is digested in the liver is it not worth looking at HFCS? Could it be that because fructose is blended and not bonded as in sugar it makes all the difference in the world. Metabolic diseases are on the rise just as the use of HFCS is on the rise.
New research studying the absorption of fructose in the liver shows how the complicated system may indeed be affected by overdosing on HFCS -- which by-the-way is in everything now, even Stove Top Stuffing.
Fructose does occur naturally in fruit, but when you eat fruit you get fiber that slows the digestion of the sugar and you get vitamins and minerals. High Fructose Corn Syrup is man made, highly refined, and when ingested in such large amounts, far greater than our bodies were designed to handle It is quite possible that the way the body processes Fructose causes metabolic diseases that were not expected or intended. Much of the research today is focusing on how the body metabolizes fructose whereas before comparing only calories showed little difference. The calories are not the important issue -- how fructose is metabolized is the issue and there in may be the problem. This HFCS may be the worst poison in our food in hundreds of years -- again not by intent. The Romans stored their wine in lead barrels are we any smarter?
Children are very vulnerable -- until new research is done and a better understanding of how stand alone fructose blended with stand alone glucose is metabolized by our bodies we should protect our children from the diseases they could develop by consuming to much Fructose.
High Fructose Corn Syrup is not made from corn syrup. It is fabricated from corn starch using enzymes and many different processes. Plain ordinary corn syrup has nothing to do with High Fructose Corn Syrup.
I would suggest that we all demand more research from non-industry researchers. HFCS is probably not harmful in small amounts but soda and fruit juice drinks are an overload on our bodies -- especially children.
There is so much more I could say but I want to get this article published. Research it for yourself. Pay attention to who did the research. I noticed that industry research is short term two or three days in the cases stated in Sweet Surprise (website) but studying the effects short term does not reveal long term effects and it does nothing to understand how fructose is metabolized. After all if you test a smoker for two or three days you are not going to see the real ill effects.
Get back to regular sugar and avoid HFCS in drinks your children consume -- like Sunny Delight and other soft drinks -- this alone would do a lot to protect your children from overload. Read labels -- it is in everything, but there are some manufactures that do not use it.
No child should have to suffer any metabolic disease because he/she drinks pop. Avoid giving your children drinks with HFCS -- why take the risk?
In sucrose (plain table sugar) The Molecular formula combines Glucose and frutose together %50 glucose and %50 fructose. The fructose and glucose in High Fructose Corn Syrup are not bound together they are separate and the ratio can be whatever blend the manufacturer wants it to be.