High Fructose Corn Syrup


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My earlier blog post mentioned things that people are doing now that we will find out are very dangerous in the future. I think that one of these things is consuming too much high fructose corn syrup. My mom, who is very into health, rarely buys anything with high fructose corn syrup in it, but I never questioned this at all. I typically ignored her and when given the chance, would eat things with high fructose corn syrup without thinking twice. She always just told me how awful and harmful it is to the body. I finally wonder now... Why? Dr. Bruce Ames, one of the most well known nutritional scientists in the world, suggests that high fructose corn syrup can "trigger body-wide inflammation and obesity." High fructose corn syrup also contains contaminants like mercury that the FDA does not regulate. There are many more dangers of high fructose corn syrup that you can read about here .. After reading, what do you guys think? Is high fructose corn syrup one of those things that will be called almost deadly in the future? Why is it in SO many products when it is apparently really dangerous?high-fructose-corn-syrup.jpg

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My mom is also a health nut! One of the things she always warned me about over and over again is how extremely unhealthy high fructose corn syrup is for you. She would absolutely refuse to buy anything with high fructose corn syrup in it. I've read somewhere that it is bad because it doesn't trigger the receptor in your brain that lets you know that you are full, so when you consume foods that have it, you consume more than you normally would, causing weight gain. I'm not sure how true that is, but in general, because there is so much of it in almost all of the pre-made foods we consume today, it causes weight gain. If anything, sugar is something that needs to be eaten in moderation, and all of the sugar popping up in foods (even bread!) does not help that at all.

I'm right with both you guys. My mom is crazy about eating healthy. She always told me about watching the ingredients of what I eat, especially the high fructose corn syrup. I laughed it off because I saw this parody that Saturday Night Live did about high fructose corn syrup and thought it wasn't a real issue. But i see here that both of you are saying that is is an issue. I now understand why my mom always wants me to eat all natural things, because high fructose corn syrup is in all of the pre-made foods. They are so unhealthy and do cause weight gain, I just never thought that high fructose corn syrup was the problem. I agree that sugar is good but only in moderation. I actually found this (http://www.nytimes.com/imagepages/2011/04/11/magazine/mag-17Sugar-t_CA2.html?ref=magazine) on the New York Times website and thought it was scary to see how much high fructose corn syrup we consume at different stages of our lives. We should definitely cut down in order to live healthier lives.

I'm considering about the topics on your blog too. "In the United States, consumer foods and products typically use high-fructose corn syrup as a sweetener. It has become very common in processed foods and beverages in the U.S., including breads, cereals, breakfast bars, lunch meats, yogurts, soups, and condiments."Health concerns have been raised about high fructose corn syrup, which allege contribution to obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. A peer-reviewed study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition by John S White (a consultant in sweeteners, HFCS, and sucrose for the Food and Beverage Industry who also has a professional association with the Corn Refiners Association) rejects the HFCS-obesity hypothesis and finds that "[a]lthough examples of pure fructose causing metabolic upset at high concentrations abound, especially when fed as the sole carbohydrate source, there is no evidence that the common fructose-glucose sweeteners do the same..."
from wikipedia

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