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The REAL Truth About High Fructose Corn Syrup

Updated on January 12, 2012

The Lies Being Told

I'm sure by now that everyone has seen those commercials that have been playing for a few years. They are all the same, two people - one clearly a misinformed know-it-all and the other, a smart person with a condescending attitude. The mis-informed person gasps and can't believe the other person is eating / drinking / serving something that contains high fructose corn syrup in it. The other person - the condescending person - asks what's so bad about corn syrup. The mis-informed person stands there, jaw dropped and looking clueless.

Then the smart, condescending person goes on to say that high fructose corn syrup is made of corn and is okay in moderation- just like sugar! The obnoxious know-it-all does some 'silly me' shrug as the condescending smarty-pants smiles and goes back to feeding jugs of liquid bright red something to all the unsuspecting kids at the party- or whatever he or she was doing.

I am outraged every time these commercials air. How the heck can the FDA and our government allow this kind of absurdity? There is even a website called, a webpage that tries to convince consumers high fructose syrup is safe. The claim that high fructose corn syrup is 'safe in moderation' doesn't make sense. High fructose corn syrup is found in most products these days. It's a cheap ingredient alternative and can be found in products like bread, pasta, mayonaise and baby formula. It would be very difficult for the average person to consume high fructose corn syrup in moderation.

The FDA turns a blind eye to a lot of things. It's quite clear that the FDA does not care about the health of Americans. It has everything to do with the almighty dollar these days- which has become more important in this country than human lives.

Another important fact that people need to be aware of is that high fructose corn syrup is banned in Europe. It's not like sugar and it's not okay to consume- not even in moderation. It is shockingly obvious that Europeans are much healthier - and thinner - than Americans. Yes, there is a good reason why high fructose corn syrup is banned in Europe.

The real surprise about high fructose corn syrup isn't so sweet.

High Fructose Corn Syrup is Nothing Like Sugar

High fructose corn syrup is processed differently from sugar. It does not break down properly in the body. High levels of mercury have been detected in high fructose corn syrup. Something that is definitely not found in regular sugar.

The Corn Industry Targeting Doctors

The Corn Industry has gone as far as sending pamphlets to doctors in hopes of 'educating' them about high fructose corn syrup. The pamphlets are meant to misguide doctors into giving poor advice to patients who are probably already sick and / or obese.

Serious Health Issues Linked to High Fructose Corn Syrup

From rotting teeth to a failing liver, high fructose corn syrup has been linked to a number of health problems. Since the introduction of corn syrup, obesity rates and disease among Americans have sky rocketed. Here are some of the complications that can arise from consuming high fructose corn syrup.

  • Obesity
  • Tooth Decay
  • Liver Failure
  • Diabetes
  • Heart Disease
  • Cancer
  • Dementia

How to Protect Yourself and Your Family

Check out labels. You'll be shocked to see how many products contain high fructose corn syrup. Other names for high fructose corn syrup are corn syrup and corn sugar. Corn sugar has an innocent sound to it but don't be fooled. It's just another sneaky attempt at trying to trick consumers.

Most importantly, don't believe everything you hear or read. Many times industries will put out false or misleading information to confuse the public. It's all in an attempt to stay in business and make money. Know where your information is coming from and do your own research. Some unbiased links can be found below.


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    • The Examiner-1 profile image

      The Examiner-1 4 years ago

      Very good Hub Amy. I have been dropping high fructose corn syrup whenever I can. I would guess that at the moment I my diet is about 50% without it, maybe more without it. I also try to drop plain corn syrup. I vote it up and several others.


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      heatherlund 4 years ago from Tacoma, WA

      I learned in school corn syrup received the same addiction rating as cocaine. The junk is totally addicting, if you quit it you even go through withdrawals! Thanks for writing about this topic, people need to be more informed.

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      amymarie_5 5 years ago from Chicago IL

      Hey Alternativekitten,

      Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing some advice. You are totally right about limiting packaged / processed foods and table sugar as well. I have a huge problem with corporations that lie and say something is okay or even good for you when it's not. All for greed.

      And I'm not perfect either, as much as we try to stay healthy we all have weaknesses. I think that just being aware and trying your best to be healthy is all we can do. Thanks again!

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      Alternativekitten 5 years ago

      I have been looking at high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) vs sugar and modern obesity issues. I personally feel a lot of the answer to reduce use of both sugars and fats is as follows: limit your consumption of sugary drinks, remember water is healthy and free, or at least get the sugar free diet version; try to avoid processed foods or reduce your use, food cooked from raw ingredients and prepared at home has been a popular choice for thousands of years, there must be something in it; eat more fruit and veg, either raw or boiled (remembering to cut down the salt you add). I try to do all these and am lucky with the sugary drinks, I have never liked them. Doesn't make me perfect, I am overweight, and enjoy chocolate but try to control myself, but not morbidly obese and am aware of reading food labels and thinking about what I eat. I was brought up this way, and it's a way to avoid some of the pitfalls of the modern world.

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      amymarie_5 6 years ago from Chicago IL

      Hi Tonu1973,

      I agree that there's a lot of factors that contribute to childhood obesity. I do believe that making healthy choices and avoiding processed foods as much as possible can make a difference. Thank you very much for stopping by and sharing your opinion!

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      Tonu1973 6 years ago from the outer reaches of reality

      This is a very interesting topic. I have heard arguments from both sides for years. I will agree that this generation of kids is getting overweight. Whether or not this is do to corn syrup or video games is unclear to me, but anything that might help should be considered. I was unaware about mercury in corn syrup, so I will have to look into this more. Thanks for SHARING.

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      amymarie_5 6 years ago from Chicago IL

      I don't believe I can trust either party, democrat or republican. Something is not right in dc and I think greedy corporations are now holding all the cards.

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      Mark Lecuona 6 years ago from Austin, Texas

      Amy - you know it's interesting because this is the Obama Administration yet the exact thing that Republicans are famous for (allowing corporate America to write the laws and control Washington) is happening under a Democratic Administration.... I like to think of myself as a "truth-seeker" and a truth-seeker will acknowledge the situation as it is and not as they want it to be. I don't mean accept it in terms of allowing it; but in understanding who is doing what and not ignoring it when the person you believe in is doing it.

    • amymarie_5 profile image

      amymarie_5 6 years ago from Chicago IL

      Hi Suburban Poet,

      Thank you for the link. Im going to check it out now. :)

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      Mark Lecuona 6 years ago from Austin, Texas

      I believe Wesman is referring to Michael Taylor who was with Monsanto. I was curious as the words "Head of..." implies the top person in charge. Here is a link to the org chart for the Office of the Commissioner at the FDA. Michael Taylor is an advisor to the Commissioner:

      He's too close to the top for comfort but I thought we might clear this up....

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      amymarie_5 6 years ago from Chicago IL

      Thanks Wesman Todd, you've brought up some things here that I wasn't even fully aware of. It's sad that we can't trust our own government to protect us. I truly appreciate your comments on this issue.

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      Wesman Todd Shaw 6 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

      You've certainly got it right. The FDA has not only a Monsanto Lawyer as it's head, but a eugenicist on the board of commissioners.

      The FDA is a global elitist organization, as sadly, almost the entire US government now is....which is why we the people are broke, always lied to in the media, and forever are our sons and daughters being used as cannon fodder in wars against innocents over seas.

      Also, I'm about positive that that corn syrup comes from mostly Monsanto GMO corn - which is absolutely unsafe for even a pig to eat.

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      Alastar Packer 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Glad you wrote this amymarie. Those tv ads and websites are just sick dis-info attempts at manipulation. Folks better do their own homework on what they eat and drink nowadays.

    • amymarie_5 profile image

      amymarie_5 6 years ago from Chicago IL

      LaDolceVita- I'm an allergy sufferer and I notice the difference when I eliminate dairy even if just for one day. You are so correct, it is not a necessarry food.

      Ikrima- I've watched Food Inc. Have not seen Sicko yet. I'm afraid if I watch Sicko I'll be even more outraged. We do have the worst healthcare system in the world and it's all due to corporate greed. It's truly sad. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Ikrima Idrees 6 years ago

      If You guys really are interested in knowing why FDA has always turned a Blind Eye on such products, You may want to watch the documentary "FOOD.INC". I recently watched it and got all the answers.

      Mihchael Moore's "SICKO" is about the Health Care System in the US, which I now believe is one of the worst in the world.

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      Teri Nolan Range 6 years ago

      One thing to add to the comments about dairy, is how it creates inflammation and increase of mucous in the body. We suffer from so many diseases related to inflation-especially in America-this is really something to consider when choosing your children's diet. Especially, if your children have asthma or other respiratory issues...this is NOT A NECESSARY FOOD! Kudos to the authors above :)

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      Evylyn Rose 6 years ago from Virginia, USA

      amymarie, Thanks for the link! It's a pretty interesting article. Of course, like most articles on any side of the fence, it's a little misleading to anyone who does not understand the language of scientific research. For example, after explaining that studies have found a strong correlation between animal and milk proteins and osteoporosis, they say, "In plain language, protein from animal foods -- including milk -- causes osteoporosis." Um, no. In plain language, there is correlation. Correlation does not prove causation. More research will need to be done to prove it as other factors may explain the correlation. Of course, this only one health problem linked to consuming milk after being weened from our mothers' milk. Even if other factors are the actual causes, the correlation suggests animal milk is best avoided as we don't know what the other factors are and therefore can't be controlled.

    • amymarie_5 profile image

      amymarie_5 6 years ago from Chicago IL

      Hi Joanie,

      Food Inc is an important documentary and I also believe everyone should watch it. Thanks for commenting.

      No problem Evylyn! Here is an article that may interest you about dairy:

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      Evylyn Rose 6 years ago from Virginia, USA

      amymarie, You're quite welcome! I didn't know about the osteoporosis-dairy correlation in Japan. If nothing else, it definitely says something about overindulgence, which is generally the biggest problem Americans face in their dairy consumption. Thanks for the info!

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      Joanie 6 years ago

      Yes - trans fats, nitrates in processed meats and HFC - not good. I urge everyone to rent the documentary - FOOD INC. Very interesting and will make you think more about what you are eating.

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      amymarie_5 6 years ago from Chicago IL

      Thank you Suburban Poet!

      Hi Moonlake, you are correct. There are a number of reasons why Europeans are healthier than Americans. Reserach does show that since the introduction of HFCS in American diets, that our health problems have risen dramatically.

      Hi Evylyn Rose, that's wonderful that you are a vegan! I'm an on again off again vegan (on again at the moment!). Yes, dairy is one of the worst things you can put in your body. It's not natural to consume the milk of another animal. In fact, no other animal does that but humans! Something else about dairy that is interesting- in Japan, where dairy is rarely consumed, osteoporosis is rare. In the United States, it's a huge health problems and we eat a lot of dairy in this country. Makes one think, doesn't it?

      It's interesting and scary how conditioned we are from a young age to believe that these kinds of foods are good for you. Thank you for commenting and sharing such important information!

      Hi LaDolceVitaGirl,

      You're welcome! I am touched that you will be posting this on your blog. I appreciate it greatly. Thank you so much!!!

    • LaDolceVitaGirl profile image

      Teri Nolan Range 6 years ago

      THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!! FOR YOUR RESEARCH AND YOUR ADVICE! I have been touting the hazards of hfcc for quite a while..but didn't have the formal resources. I hope you don't mind, I wish to repost your full article and your website on my blog! I hope you gain more followers thru this and I will be following you! Thanks again! Teri

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      Evylyn Rose 6 years ago from Virginia, USA

      Great hub! Learning little things like this was what pushed me to become vegan in the first place. Take cheese for example, even after discovering casein, which becomes concentrated when dairy is processed into cheese, is nothing more than an opiate and that people who eat it are literally addicted to it, the FDA and the governments say nothing about it. Why? Because the dairy industry is a huge source of money for them. To top it off, dairy is not even a required part of a normal, healthy diet (except maybe in some third world countries where they aren't getting enough nutrition without it). Why has it always been listed as a vital part of the food pyramid? Multi-billion dollar industries fill pockets pretty deep.

      Consuming dairy is not bad any more than high fructose corn syrup. However, it's mind-blowing when you look into the real facts behind the scene and realize you've been lied to your whole life and for no other reason than someone is getting paid well to deceive the public. It's not conspiracy; just dishonesty.

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      moonlake 6 years ago from America

      Good hub. I do think that part of the reason

      Europeans are thinner than us because they walk and bike everywhere. Something we don't do.

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      Mark Lecuona 6 years ago from Austin, Texas

      Go get 'em Amy!!!!!

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      amymarie_5 6 years ago from Chicago IL

      Hi Hush444, thank you for commenting. Too many people are buying into the corn industry's lies. I just wonder how many Americans have to die before something is done about it. Saying that high fructose corn syrup is okay in moderation is kinda like saying smoking crack is okay in moderation. lol.

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      hush4444 6 years ago from Hawaii

      You're right - the FDA simply doesn't care about the health of Americans, they're just pandering to the lobbyists for the big corn growers. Thank you so much for this informative and well-written hub.


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