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Updated on November 19, 2015

What is HFCS anyways?

Ok so you know how your salad dressing or the soda you drink is so delicious? Well, not only there is the use of MSG in our foods but also HFCS - which stands for High Fructose Corn Syrup. What we know is that table sugar used to be the king of sweets but now it's the expensive and yet tasty corn syrup that has taken over. In America today, we are eating huge doses of sugar, especially high fructose corn syrup. It is sweeter and cheaper than regular sugar and is in every processed food and sugar-sweetened drink.The government has helped to make corn syrup an even bigger hit by it's consumers, but this is even worst than it looks. The processes corn syrup more slowly than other sugars and in the body the liver turns it into fat rather than burning it for energy. This can have a huge and bad affect on your pancreas as well as your liver which is why some people develop what is known as fatty liver. A fatty liver can later start turning around and not function properly in the body and then later on can encourage weight gain by encouraging hunger. A recent study has shown that the higher the corn syrup intake and the less fiber we put in our diet we are putting ourselves in a great risk for diabetes - which in fact can raise the chance of Type 2 by a factor of 20 and heart attacks.

How is this made?

To make HFCS, you are going to start with corn, then mill it to produce starch - that is corn starch. Starch is the most important carbohydrate in the human diet, consists of long chains of glucose. To make corn syrup, you mix the corn starch with water and then add an enzyme, produced by a bacterium, that breaks the starch down into shorter chains of glucose. After that you add another enzyme, produced by a fungus --YES FUNGUS -- that breaks the short chains down into glucose molecules. At that point, you have regular corn syrup.

Dangers of HFCS


Did you know that an FDA researcher asked corn producers to ship a barrel of high fructose corn syrup in order to test for contaminants but they didn't let her, which then lead her to saying that she owned an entire soft drink company, in which afterwards they sent her an entire load of HFCS. Well..This pretty much goes as far as showing how much our society cares about health and our bodies. Well that's not all of it, did you know that the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) doesn't regulate or measure what's really inside these products. Here is the sad truth about it...HFCS contains contaminated mercury so when the HFCS is run through a chemical analyzer or a chromatograph, strange chemical spikes show up that are not glucose or fructose. What are they? Who knows? This certainly calls into question the purity of this processed form of super sugar. Like i mentioned before, in addition, unlike glucose, fructose does not stimulate insulin secretion or enhance leptin production. Because insulin and leptin act as key ingredient signals in the regulation of food intake and body weight (to control appetite), this suggests that dietary fructose may contribute to increased energy intake and weight gain. Charming isn't it??

The other reason to avoid products that contain HFCS is that they are a marker for poor quality, nutritionally dead, processed industrial food full of empty calories and artificial ingredients. If you find high fructose corn syrup on the label you can be sure it is not a whole, real, fresh food full of fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Stay away if you want to stay healthy. I'm not kidding!!

The other thing that I want to point out is that in the past history years we've pretty much gone from 20 teaspoons of sugar per person per year to about 150 pounds of sugar per person per year. That's a half pound a day for every man, woman, and child in America. Your average 20 ounce soda contains 15 teaspoons of sugar, all of it high fructose corn syrup. And when you eat sugar in those doses, it becomes a toxin. At the same time we know that it's bad to drink a lot of soft drinks but who can blame us...ti's so delicious.

The structure of HFCS

Another DID YOU KNOW....?

And lastly did you know that corn has a very high starch content, about 80% of the kernel. Other high starch crops could potentially be used (and rice actually is, but in much smaller amounts so that it wouldn't be noticed). To make high fructose corn syrup, you need to first make (regular) corn syrup, which is simply breaking down the starch into glucose.

This dangerous and yet tasty poison can lead to many other health risks. HFCS has also been linked to:

  1. Diabetes - Type 2
  2. Obesity
  3. Heart Disease
  4. Metabolic syndrome
  5. High triglyceride levels

Did you know that you can get an allergic reaction to HFCS?? Well...I didn't know either until i did my research and found that in fact it is possible to get a reaction. The most common symptoms that you may experience from HFCS if you are allergic to corn includes an itchy sensation in your mouth, swelling of your mouth, hives, eczema, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, a drop in your blood pressure and even breathing difficulty. That is why if possible try to avoid this product as much as you can.

Dr. Bob DeMaria - High Fructose Corn Syrup


The dangers of high fructose corn syrup are both numerous and severe, if it’s in your diet, remove it. Some estimate more than one-third of the American food supply has been polluted by this trash.

If you do happen to show any signs and symptoms of allergic reaction to HFCS make sure that you seek medical attention as soon as possible, because they might get worst if left untreated.

Thanks, M

High Fructose Corn Syrup


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      Abe 22 months ago

      thank you this is such a wonderful article, makes me want to eat organic all the time and nothing else besides that..

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      Mahsa S 2 years ago

      Yes sure I will do that too :D be more than glad to

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      Mahsa S 2 years ago

      Pretty much...because every product you look at has that HFCS in it, there's certain amount that can be processed by our liver but then how much can it really handle..

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      abbie 2 years ago

      wow, I can't believe that half of what we eat pretty much has this stuff in it

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      randomlythinking 2 years ago

      i like this hub! thank you..Can you do one on pregnancy please?

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      Adrienne Obey 2 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Good article.