High Fructose Corn Syrup: Is There Really a Debate?

Perhaps some of you have seen the new commercials on TV stating high fructose corn syrup is OK to eat in moderation.  Here are the commercials:

Here are the facts about High Fructose Corn Syrup:
1.    Yes, it is made from corn.  High fructose corn syrup was developed in the 1970s to combat the high price of table sugar.  It is made by processing corn starch to yield the glucose and then processing that glucose to yield a high percentage of fructose.  The process itself is very complicated involving the use of three enzymes and other chemicals.
2.    High fructose corn syrup is hard to eat in moderation.  Why?  Because it’s currently in most processed foods today.  HFCS is cheaper and sweeter than sugar.  It also extends the shelf life of foods, thus making it a preservative.  HFCS has twice the fructose of regular sugar, making it a “double danger”.  It’s found in products like soda, bread, pasta sauces, beer, bacon, protein bars, juices, and more.
3.    The difference between sugar or honey and HFCS is how the body reacts to it.  The high amount of fructose causes the body to pump out more insulin to handle the same amount of glucose.  This sort of insulin resistance is seen in Type-2 diabetes.  Fructose can cause an increase in the concentration of uric acid, which can cause heart disease.  HFCS causes our bodies to want to eat more AND causes us to store more fat.

What should our reaction be?
1.    Limit ALL forms of sugar.  HFCS and natural sugars have the same calorie count, so it’s important to limit even natural sugars.  Sugar can deplete B vitamins and promote Candida albicans (Candidiasis), bone loss, and tooth decay (by upsetting the balance of calcium and phosphorus).
2.    Consider nutrition.  It’s far better to be eating more natural foods.  Raw honey has enzymes that help digest carbs and also contains all the nutrients that are found in plant pollens. Your body knows better how to digest natural foods than highly processed foods like HFCS.

Your thoughts? How do you feel about these commercials? What is your view on HFCS? Do you think HFCS is to blame for the obesity epidemic?

Resources:
The Murky World of High Fructose Corn Syrup
Why is it so bad for me?
Sugar Coated
Sugar substitutes

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3 Comments

  1. Denai said,

    October 14, 2008 at 12:30 pm

    OH, I wish I could watch those commercials… I have dial up, so it is NOT an option!!!! UGH!
    I agree, Corn Syrup is horrible… we have pretty much cut it out of 99.9% of what we eat at home…. My kids outside the home however, get it. School treats and such…. and of course the grandparents…. GRRR…. THANKS for the Candy Corn Pumpkins…. (oh, by the way, they went into the garbage!) 98% Sugar/Corn Syrup… YEAH, that might be why they have type 2 Dia. UGH!

  2. Alisa said,

    October 14, 2008 at 4:56 pm

    I think people are responsible for the obesity epidemic. We eat too much and exercise too little. Fast food tastes great and is convenient. Junk food tastes great too. We have to have self control and work at eating healthy. I think the ad guy did a great job selling high fructose syrup! I think your blog is very interesting and attractive. You have put alot of work into it.

  3. Lisa O'Brien said,

    October 21, 2008 at 2:27 am

    I don’t like how those commercials make it seem like people who avoid HFCS know nothing about the debate. You bring up some serious concerns people should have about HFCS. And it is surprising to learn how HFCS is found in so many products.


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