What is High Fructose Corn Syrup?
According to Wikipedia, “High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) refers to a group of corn syrups which have undergone enzymatic processing in order to increase their fructose content and are then mixed with pure corn syrup (100% glucose) to reach their final form. The typical types of HFCS are: HFCS 90 (most commonly used in baked goods) which is approximately 90% fructose and 10% glucose; HFCS 55 (most commonly used in soft drinks) which is approximately 55% fructose and 45% glucose; and HFCS 42 (most commonly used in sports drinks) which is approximately 42% fructose and 58% glucose.”
It’s the upsetting of the natural balance of sweeteners in our food and what that does (and does not do) to our physiologies that upsets me. Combined with its prevelance, it’s not just upsetting to me, but worrisome.
What are the negative health effects of high fructose corn syrup?
Nothing has been proven legally or in a court of law, and there have been no conclusive medical studies regarding its health effects. But I have read enough about why many health care professionals and members of the medical field feel we should be concerned to take warning. The biggest concerns for me are are its seemingly bizarre and extended route to metabolism by the body (encouraging fat to store before the energy from the food has had a chance to be used), its effects on fullness, satiety and increasing hunger drive, and the fact that it requires an “unnatural” enzymatic process to create. Combine this “unnatural” ingredient with the fact that it’s in virtually everything we eat, and it makes me concerned about consuming so very much of it. Explore this site further for more specifics.
How can high fructose corn syrup be bad for you, when fructose occurs naturally in fruit and other produce?
High Fructose Corn Syrup and Fructose are NOT the same thing. Let me say that again – fructose and high fructose corn syrup are NOT the same thing!
Many articles written with the goal of making it sound like there is nothing wrong with hfcs will try to slide that by you, though. They will start out using the phrase “high fructose corn syrup” and then replace it with the word “fructose” a few sentences in, trying to make you think the words are interchangable.
They’ll then go on to cite research about fructose, trying to make you think that they are really talking about high fructose corn syrup. When they are most definitely not. They’ll then wrap up the article with some rhetoric or verbiage which again includes the phrase “high fructose corn syrup,” thus driving home the illusion. I almost fell for this myself. Be wary!