ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Corn Syrup Today, Corn Sugar Tomorrow... Renaming High Fructose Corn Syrup

Updated on April 7, 2012
Source

Does your body know the difference between high fructose corn syrup and cane sugar?

I've become a bit of a health nut in recent years rediscovering my love for yoga, vegetarianism, & fresh, local foods and I believe we can greatly improve our lives by paying more attention to the physical & mental needs of our beings.

Recently, I saw a commercial of a farmer walking in a corn field, holding his daughter's hand, with sentimental music playing in the background...his message was "whether it's corn sugar or cane sugar, your body can't tell the difference" obviously attempting to generate support for corn farms.

Now, I am very much in favor of supporting local communities, preserving farmland, and self-sustainability, but all of those things are usually in favor of improving our health.
So, this statement was a bit of a shock to me.

Do you read food labels?

See results

I'm a label reader

Reading labels is actually kind of entertaining and scary at the same time. The habit has become a bit obsessive at times and definitely adds time to my trip to the grocery store, but I like to know what I am putting into my body and feeding to my family.

If I see high fructose corn syrup as an ingredient, I will quickly return the item to the shelf. I also try to stay away from white flours or other highly processed ingredients, basically any words that sound like they came from a mad scientists' lab instead of the earth.

So, this commercial has led me to ask myself a few questions:

What exactly is high fructose corn syrup (HFCS)?

"High-fructose corn syrup (HFCS)—also called glucose-fructose syrup[1][2] in the UK, glucose/fructose[3] in Canada, and high-fructose maize syrup in other countries—comprises any of a group of corn syrups that has undergone enzymatic processing to convert some of its glucose into fructose to produce a desired sweetness..."
Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High-fructose_corn_syrup

Compared to sugarcane:

"Sugarcane refers to any of six to 37 species (depending on which taxonomic system is used) of tall perennialgrasses of the genus Saccharum (family Poaceae, tribe Andropogoneae). Native to the warm temperate to tropical regions of South Asia, they have stout, jointed, fibrous stalks that are rich in sugar, and measure two to six metres (six to 19 feet) tall..."
Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cane_sugar

Now, I don't know about you, but I would pick the ingredient grown in warm, tropical regions over the one that has been undergone any kind of chemical processing.

Do you try to avoid foods that contain high fructose corn syrup?

See results

What are the benefits of using HFCS in our foods?

It seems that there is actually no benefit to the consumer, but the food industry certainly benefits. High fructose corn syrup is:

  • Cheaper
  • Sweeter
  • and has a Longer shelf-life

Would you purchase food that contains 'corn sugar'?

See results

What does corn sugar do to our bodies?

Corn sugar certainly does sound much more consumer friendly than high fructose corn syrup, but does your body truly react in the same way as digesting cane sugar?

I'm not a nutritionist, nor do I have any type of medical background to provide an educated response to this question, BUT I do know how my body feels after consuming processed foods loaded with high fructose corn syrup...nasty & lethargic!

How About You?

I'd love to hear your responses in the comments below:

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Natashalh profile image

      Natasha 6 years ago from Hawaii

      I try to avoid foods with HFCS and it can be quite a task! Even if it does not affect the body differently, it is more energy dense, which means it has more calories by volume - while costing less. Since it encourages manufacturers to pack products with empty calories, I would call it pretty un-beneficial.

      The really silly thing is that government policy has crated the HFCS craze by creating corn subsidies. Have you ever watched King Corn or read The Omnivores Dilemma? If you were on the fence about corn, these will probably send you leaping to the non-HFCS side!

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: "https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr"

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)