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High Fructose Corn Syrup - Some Basic Facts

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I read so much about High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) that I wonder if some folks 
believe, from media stories, that it's a certain poison! There are a lot of stories about how bad it is for you and then there are the rebuttals that "sugar is sugar and your body can't tell the difference." I recently started talking about this in my Human Growth & Development class in my lecture that includes diabetes and glucose.

Plain table sugar is 50% fructose and 50% glucose. We get most of this type of sugar from sugar cane but it can come from other sources such as sugar beets & honey. HFCS comes from corn syrup and it is all glucose when it is initally produced. An enzyme is added that converts the corn syrup to about 92% fructose. Glucose is added back to the mix to get to a 55% fructose, 45% glucose "sugar." So, HFCS has more fructose 
than table sugar.

So, what's the problem with 55% versus 50% fructose? After all, they do call it High Fructose Corn Syrup so it's not like they are hiding anything. Well, there is not 
any evidence that something is terribly wrong with HFCS. There is some evidence that it is a bit harder on the body and that it contributes to obesity but no causal 
studies have shown this though some good correlational research seems to reach those conclusions.

While your body recognizes, and uses, HFCS as sugar, the extra 5% of fructose could 
make a difference. The difference it makes for folks who, for example, make soda, is it is cheaper and sweeter than cane sugar.

More research has to be done but now you have a general idea of what the difference 
is and you can make your own decision about whether or not you want it in your diet.

erick99 posted Mar 07, 2012

Here is a brief statement I just dug up from the Mayo Clinic on HFCS. It pretty much sums up what I wrote, above. It's an authoritative source so I thought I would add it as a comment. Click Here

erick99 (rep: 432k) posted Mar 07, 2012


this article is useful

hzmedusa (rep: 63) posted Mar 07, 2012


Those with auto-immuine diseases tend to do better when the combo of HFCS and aspertame are elimated from the diet. It leads to less joint pain and a more active life style. I know that this is a very small group of people.

skaro964 (rep: 24.6k) posted Mar 08, 2012


i just want to say..that i like that photo =)

nimrodboy3 (rep: 68.2k) posted Mar 13, 2012


It was interesting to see what popped up when I typed "high fructose corn syrup" into Google (images).

erick99 (rep: 432k) posted Mar 13, 2012