What is High Fructose Corn Syrup and is it any worse for you than sugar?
High fructose corn syrup is a product made from corn that contains a very high concentration of fructose sugar, making it super sweet. It is used in many processed foods like pop, cereals, and baked goods. High fructose corn syrup saves manufacturers money because less HFCS is needed to sweeten foods when compared with regular granular sugar.
In several studies with rats done at the University of Florida, high fructose corn syrup was shown to affect the hormone leptin by disabling it. Leptin is a digestive hormone that tells people when they are full, and thereby encourages them to stop eating. Unlike table sugar, high fructose corn syrup delays or removes that 'full' feeling, paving the way for high fat, high carb eating without any normal bodily feedback to stop.
When these studies came out (between 2004 and 2008) they got lots of press in highly respected nutritional journals and popular science magazines for laymen. The corn industry and the food industry launched an ad campaign that stresses that high fructose corn syrup is chemically identical to sugar, and at the same time, got the FDA to change food labeling to remove the words 'high fructose corn syrup' from the ingredients list on food packaging.
The commercials promoting high fructose corn syrup are deceptive, since it isn't the chemical composition of high fructose corn syrup that causes the problem, it's the concentrated nature of the product and its EFFECTS on the human body. HF corn syrup changes human metabolism (and rat metabolism), causing diabetes and making obesity easier to 'achieve' by removing the natural set point for fullness. Worse, it happens 'silently'--with no sign that it is happening and no warning until the pre-diabetic condition kicks in.
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/20 … 074701.htm
CR Rookwood is so right about the bad effects of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) on the body and, because CR was so thorough in answering the question, my suggestion is that CR should go on to write a hub about the prevalence (and danger) of HFCS in processed foods. Don't forget to add the role of the FDA in deceiving the consumer!
My father told me once when I was younger that corn syrup was used in soft drinks at the movies and that this is why when you drink it, it doesn't fill you up so you can continue to drink it. I am not sure if it is entirely true, but I have noticed that if I drink I regular soft drink at home I will drink what I feel like and stop, but if at the movies I will drink the whole soft drink. So, maybe there is some truth in there somewhere.
by Audrey Selig 5 years ago
If you see high fructose corn syrup on a food label, would you buy that item or not? Explain.
by Audrey Selig 7 years ago
Does high fructose corn syrup cause major problems?I have been eating Yoplait yogurt for breakfast for about twenty years. I have fatty liver? I know that there have been some answers on this but not real specific.
by Aya Katz 9 years ago
High fructose corn syrup doesn't taste nearly as good as sugar, and the consensus among nutritionists is that it is also much worse for us. Considering these facts, why are virtually all soft drinks (except the diet ones) sweetened with high fructose corn syrup, rather than sugar?I've heard people...
by KRC 7 years ago
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by Kelly Kline Burnett 7 years ago
Can anyone explain or guide me how high fructose corn is more of a filler than just corn syrup? Also, health differences?A friends makes BBQ without "high fructose corn syrup" and I want to fully understand the implications.
by OnlyDGH 7 years ago
What is the difference between High Fructose Corn Syrup and Corn Syrup?I see both interchangeably in processed foods and I am curious if there is actually a difference more than the name!
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