The Truth about High-Fructose Corn Syrup

The Truth about High-Fructose Corn Syrup   Who has just spent $30 million dollars on an advertizing campaign to counteract its negative image claiming that their product has no artificial ingredients and the same calories as honey or sugar? Drum roll please… the Corn Refiners Association! And, do you think this is unbiased reporting? Of, course it is not!In recent years, high-fructose corn syrup has been called out for what it is- a very highly processed artificial sweetener made from cornstarch. Its name, including the words ‘corn’ and ‘fructose’ would lead you to believe that it was an all-natural sweetener, however nothing could be further from the truth!High-fructose corn syrup is made by milling corn to produce corn starch, and then processing this corn into glucose and then adding enzymes to it to turn some of the glucose into fructose. The end result is a very highly processed sweetener that is very far from the natural corn from which it came from and with little in common with the fructose found in fruit!Once you read labels you will notice that HFCS lurks where you least expect it! Because HFCS is also a preservative, manufacturers put it incookies, cereals, fruit juices, Gatorade, breads and even pasta sauces and salad dressings! I was having breakfast at my mother’s recently when she brought out some “homemade” jam that she received as a gift. We read the label and, yep, high-fructose corn syrup!

So, what is so bad with a little high-fructose corn syrup? Like sugar, high-fructose corn syrup will elevate your blood sugar levels and contribute to weight- gain! Research has suggested that consuming foods high in HFCS (along with sugar) can lead to leptin resistance, often a precursor to diabetes. Leptin is a hormone that literally helps us control cravings and stop eating! While consumption of HFCS has not been directly tied to disease, foods containing HFCS are more than likely highly processed, high in calories and low in nutritional value. And, consumption of these foods which contain HFCS has been linked to increase in diabetes, heart disease and obesity in this country.

There is no real reason, aside from manufacturers’ convenience of making foods last longer and sweetening their products with a low cost sweetener, to consume HFCS and you should meticulously read labels and make sure you do not buy products with HFCS in it! Lastly, because HFCS has not been on the market for that long, there are no real studies that research long-term health effects so we literally do not know what the long-term health consequences are. You are worth more than that!

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