Bad for our Health? Get High Fructose Corn Syrup and Refined Sugar Facts

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Corn. It is everywhere these days, and lately it’s been getting some heat. After reading a report published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition claiming there’s no health difference between using high fructose corn syrup and refined sugar in beverages, I got suspicious.  The AJCN report claims both high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) and refined sugar cause the same feeling of fullness and hunger in people surveyed.  Since I already know quite a bit about corn sugar I was immediately suspicious of their claim. I decided to launch my own investigation. Regular readers know how much I despise corn, especially since the kind Americans eat these days is mass produced from genetically modified corn crops.  Didn’t have to dig too deep to learn who was behind the AJCN report.  And it didn’t surprise me in the least bit.

So who Thinks HFCS Ought to Continue it’s Reign over Refined Sugar in the Soft Drink Industry?

Why the American Beverage Association, the Corn Refiner’s Association, and the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research does. All three groups gave generous amounts of grant money to make that report possible. That sounds like a total conflict of interest, doesn’t it? All the media outlets reported this as fact; yet how can we take this report seriously when we know who paid for it?

This HFCS versus refined sugar report is just being used as a decoy in the current war on our health. Americans are eating too many processed and refined food products with HFCS in them. And we are getting fat. The report claims that there was no difference in participant perceptions on “sweetness, hunger and satiety profiles, or energy intakes at lunch” in their so called study. The more I looked into the facts, the less I trusted this report’s findings. It’s just manufactured “science” designed quiet the critics who blame HFCS on the obesity epidemic in the U.S.  If Americans are going to improve their health, we need to get the real facts about HFCS and refined sugar.

High Fructose Corn Syrup proponents claim this finding is a stamp of approval for their highly controversial product. They believe the release of this new information proves once and for all that they’re not guilty for our increased obesity rates.

What are the Real Scientific Facts on High Fructose Corn Syrup and Refined Sugar?

Let’s take a look and see.

We know that High Fructose Corn Syrup is a sweetener found in many of our processed foods these days, from our soft drinks and candy bars, to our salad dressings and just about every kind of packaged bread you can find at the grocer, often included in many foods that once used refined sugar. So what exactly is this stuff, and is it truly as unhealthy and fat producing as some people claim? And is it in our best interest to eat products with refined sugar instead?

According to Wikipedia, “The typical types of High Fructose Corn Syrup 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” [1].

According to the Corn Refiner’s Association High Fructose Corn Syrup is a completely safe and all-natural product. They also state that Consumers expect to see High Fructose Corn Syrup in their natural foods, and it is all legal, according to current FDA standards.

NOTE: Did you notice how deceiving our food labeling is? Manufacturers will claim their juice is 100% natural, and will write it in big letters on the front of the bottle for kids and their health-conscious parents. But if we were to look at the ingredients, we would find that the main ingredient of this “natural juice” is High Fructose Corn Syrup! Article continues on next page…

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5 Comments on Bad for our Health? Get High Fructose Corn Syrup and Refined Sugar Facts

  1. Thanks for the revealing, informative article. I have been sugar free for a while now and am really enjoying the improved health. I had a lot of health issues, many of them related to sugar/corn syrup consumption. I linked to your article in this post.

  2. Why are they being allowed this b.s. again? They should be charged for false advertising and NEVER allowed to advertise such falsehoods and lies again? It’s obvious that HIGH fructose corn syrup and table sugar have NO correlation whatsoever nutritionally. I did exhaustive nutrition label research into this myself last year and plus, I have health conditions that I notice are drastically improved if I stay off of products containing high fructose corn syrup. Corn syrup and sugar are the same, but NOT HIGH fructose corn syrup which is essentially that junk also known as caro syrup which contains HIGH fructose corn syrup, corn syrup and sugar. If you ever see the goop that goes into pecan pie, that’s the goop they’re promoting as being the same as table sugar and it’s disgusting. It’s chemically altered and it’s not healthy. It makes a person feel tired, gross, and bloated. Sure, you get an energy boost right after consuming it, but then you crash shortly after. You’d do better to use honey!

  3. Thanks for the impartial and informative article. I read on a pro-HFCS website that table sugar and HFCS are both about 50% fructose, 50% glucose. Do you know if that is a “fact” or propaganda? Thanks.

  4. I am over weight and do not blame it on high froctose. I’ve read that the body can not tell the difference in high froctose and sugar. People will allways take sides on issuses to feed their excuses. I blame me. I will take anyones challenge to lose weight while consumming high froctose corn syrup vs sugar or honey. But, I know that there are those out there who have health issuses because of over indulging. But the majority is lazyness and those are the ones who blame the syrup and to the rest who avoid it, my hats off to you.

  5. I lost 75 lbs. over 1 and a half years – 225 from 300. I struggled for years until I completely cut out high fructose corn syrup. That stuff is the devil. For whatever reason, cut it out, and see what happens. Corn sugar is the same as sugar? My butt, it is.

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