Is High Fructose Corn Syrup Worse Than Corn Syrup

 

High Fructose Corn Syrup

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What is high fructose corn syrup?

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The claim: High-fructose corn syrup is worse for you than regular table sugar (sucrose). The facts: High-fructose corn syrup has been blamed for everything from obesity and dementia to heart attacks and strokes. But the truth is far more complicated, so some background is in orde.

The most common form of high-fructose corn syrup, HFCS 55, is virtually identical to regular table sugar. Evidence to suggest that one is worse than. Just like table sugar, HFCS is a combination of glucose and fructose. High fructose corn syrup is different from table sugar in the following ways: The ratio of fructose and glucose: There are two common formulations of HFCS that contain varying percentages of fructose.

HFCS 42 contains 42 percent fructose and HFCS 55 contains 55 percent fructose. Because it has more fructose than corn syrup that starts as pure glucose, it is referred to as ‘high-fructose,’ most forms contain either 42 percent or 55 percent fructose. There are many types of sugars — on a food label anything that ends in syrup or –ose, such as maltose or glucose, is sugar. But the truth is that corn syrup and high-fructose corn syrup are two different products. Both products are made from corn starch, but regular corn syrup is 100 percent glucose, while high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) has had some of its glucose converted to fructose enzymatically.

Scientists are examining the potentially negative effects of consuming large amounts of fructose in the form of. “In my opinion, there is no real difference between sugar and high-fructose corn syrup,” Temple said. “High-fructose corn syrup is more processed, but most of the sugar we use has also been. High fructose corn syrup is commonly used in foods such as tomato sauce, cake mixes, cereals, bread,s and juice. Manufacturers use it rather than natural sugar as it is cheaper and has a much longer shelf life. Several studies have linked high fructose corn syrup to obesity, heart disease, and cirrhosis of the liver.

Are you confused about high-fructose corn syrup? I didn’t think so. You know as well as I do that high-fructose corn syrup is bad news. You’ve seen the research, including the study from Princeton that found high-fructose corn syrup caused significantly higher obesity rates in lab animals compared to table sugar — even when the amount of calories from table sugar exceeded the calories. High-fructose corn syrup is chemically similar to table sugar.

Controversy exists, however, about whether the body handles high-fructose corn syrup differently than table sugar. At this time, there’s insufficient evidence to say that high-fructose corn syrup is any less healthy than other types of sweeteners. It turns out that the process of making corn syrup, cornstarch, or corn sugar is actually a mercury chlor-alkali process. It loads the victim with one of the most toxic heavy metals in the world.

The average teenager consumes 34 teaspoons of high fructose corn syrup each day.

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Worst of all, because of its unique formulation, high fructose corn syrup is suspected to cause insulin resistance, believed to be a big contributor to our ever-climbing obesity rates.2 HFCS may be even nastier than good old white sugar.

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There is concern that high intakes of either sucrose or high-fructose corn syrup may have adverse effects in terms of obesity and diabetes beyond those associated with the intake of calories from refined products.

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The HFCS is much cheaper than sugar, and about 10 megatonnes of high fructose corn syrup is produced each year in the United States alone.

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High fructose corn syrup (HFCS), commonly used to sweeten soft drinks, is made by treating corn syrup with enzymes to convert a portion of the glucose into fructose.

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But high-fructose corn syrup actually contains a lower percentage of fructose than honey or agave syrup.

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While studies have been done proving that high fructose corn syrup is much more harmful for health than products that fall under the category of “artificial sweeteners,” research has been done to prove that corn syrup and cane sugar are actually quite similar in their biological makeup.

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Researchers are not unified in implicating high-fructose corn syrup, noting that old-fashioned sugar is already half fructose, and even high-fructose corn syrup is generally no more than 55 percent fructose.

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Per capita consumption of caloric sweeteners, mainly sucrose (table sugar made from cane and beets) and corn sweeteners (notably high-fructose corn syrup, or HFCS) increased 43 pounds, or 39 percent, between 1950-1959 and 2000.

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Both pure corn syrup and high-fructose corn syrup are very common in processed foods because they’re both less expensive sweeteners than cane sugar.

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A recent study out of Princeton University and published in Pharmacology, Biochemistry & Behavior found that high fructose corn syrup causes considerably more weight gain than table sugar.

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  • HFCS is even in cough syrup and cold medicine. If you have a cold, fever, sour throat, or bad cough or if your kid does, try this. Not to mention, cough syrup and cold medicine may cause inflammation, harm the liver, make your sickness worse, and contains trans fats. To help ease a cold, soar throat, cough, or fever, take some fish oil either in a pill or drink it. The omega 3 in it is anti inflammatory. Olive oil has anti inflammatory omega 9 monounsaturated fats too. Just make sure to buy the extra virgin kind. light flavored olive oil is a joke. Avocado and sunflower oils also have omega 9 and walnut oil has omega 3 in it. That is one tip. The next tip is to make a tea of mint, ginger, turmeric, green, and/or chamomile. All of those have anti inflammatory properties and will help with sour throat, coughs, fevers, and colds. add a teaspoon of honey in it too. Honey has natural anti microbial properties and helps sooth a sour throat. Just one to two teaspoons is enough though. Eat citrus fruit. These have vitamin c to help your immune system and have potassium to replenish your electrolytes. Finally, consider a zinc supplement. Zinc is needed for your immune system. All of these are great tips and better than the crap found in cough syrup or cold medicine. If you do want to take a medicine, consider tylenol or advil. Not the chewable kinds though. The kinds you swallow in water are ok. Keep in mind that advil may cause an upset stomach.

  • Tons of misinformation. Blaming fatty liver disease and obesity on sugar instead of all the fried foods and fats that westerners eat. You’re hilarious. Go to Asia and tell that to all the fit and skinny Asians who eat tons of sugar. You’re a quack. Fat causes insulin resistance. Sugar makes insulin more sensative. Fat is the cause of diabetes. Excess dietary fat prevents insulin from being able to process sugar and therefore insulin levels rise and stay high, leading to diabetes. You are causing a lot of harm with your bad information spreading

  • my best description of high fructose corn syrup is this:

    an approved drug by the FDA that’s has been commonly compared to cocaine.

  • Slow but surely, more and more conspiracy ‘theories’ are becoming fact.

     Example:
    1) Food industry in conjuction with Pharmaceuticals. (Research Monsanto and Bayer)
    2) Global Child Sex trafficking Ring between the rich and the famous celebrities/politicians/etc (Jeffrey Epstein/Harvey Weinsten/Ghislaine Maxwell)
    3) CIA MK Ultra Mind control using LSD on unsuspecting mentally ill patients
    4) (Not proven yet)…..9/11 was DEFINITELY an inside job. ($2.1 trillion missing from Pentagon on September 10th, 2001).
    5) (Not proven yet) Satan runs the world.

     I’m being serious.

     Wake up
    Accept Jesus Christ (Real name Yahusha) into your heart before its too late.
    He died for your sins
    This whole world is wicked to the core.

  • Yup this is all true! I’m literally allergic to corn syrup and in the UK corn syrup is banned! America has it A LOT of products in the stores that have High Fructose corn syrup in them. Very surprising and gross. Mostly a lot of kids drinks and foods have it as well. My diet has been very limited but I’m feeling way better after cutting back on the corn syrup products. Lost weight, face cleared up, and got so much more energy! Eating healthier is the way to go. ��

  • fructose will not be released to the bloodstream like glucose. The liver uptakes almost all the fructose and processes it. Thus high fructose intake results in much dramatic metabolic stress. The reason is only liver can uptake and process fructose and the enzyme in that process has a very low Km and high V-max for fructose which is not under the control of insulin. Check out:
    ”Metabolic Effects of Fructose and the Worldwide Increase in Obesity”
    One of the best articles on the subject.
    Love your work! Keep it up:)

  • The attack against Fructose is misguided. Yes, high fructose corn syrup laced with mercury is horrible for you, but pure fructose from a clean source can be a very medicinal carbohydrate. It’s big advantage is that, unlike glucose, it’s use is not inhibited by elevated free fatty acids aka the randle cycle.

  • This is so true. I moved to the UK when I was 18 and gained weight so fast even though I was controlling my portions and eating normal food. Everything there has high fructose corn syrup. I got pcos in three months. it is irreversible. before that I was fine, never had any problems. can’t even eat bread coz u never know what is in it.

  • As a dietitian, I recommend that people limit added sugar in all forms (based on WHO recommendations: http://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/10665/149782/1/9789241549028_eng.pdf)

  • each time i eat/drink anything thats high in high fructose corn syrup. it makes me like super sleepy/sluggish/tired type feeling that i really hate!

  • The preponderance if evidence does not yet support any of the statements made in this video. Tooth decay has been pretty definitively linked to excess sugar consumption….That’s it so far. There is not yet enough evidence to definitively conclude it as the cause of these chronic health problems. Dietary fat has however been heavily associated with these problems

  • I have to do an assignment for school regarding food-like ingredients added to save money or shelf life. I keep seeing these authors dissing “high fructose corn syrup” in it, and I keep remembering a commercial growing up where there was a man and his daughter (or fake, commercial daughter) walking around a corn field saying it was alright. That commercial stuck and I was always like “meh”, but now I know, thanks to your video, what the actual underlying harms are. My grades and I thank you, as well as my body. I’ve been trying to be healthier lately and I will make sure to stay away from fructose!

  • Question is why has the USDA done nothing about this. People still love soda, processed meats, processed juice and all the junk food we know.

  • Soy el único que habla español aquí???
    Soy de Tucumán Argentina, capital mundial del limón y un masivo productor de azúcar de caña.
    Últimamente ningún alimento en Argentina usa azúcar, todos los alimentos usan jmaf o hfcs, el problema llegó a Argentina ya que siempre usamos azúcar y ahora desde hace unos cinco años jmaf que cuesta 60% del precio del azúcar. Tengo entendido que si consumo azúcar llama a la insulina y se abre la célula para ingresar perooooo….si consumo jmaf, no llama a la insulina, no se abren las células y pasa derecho como glucógeno hepático o sea grasa abdominal……solo se trata de dinero, el capital en contubernio con los delincuentes de los organismos públicos que deben protegernos de alimentos nocivos, son los promotores de la muerte masiva de la población.

  • One is the manufacture going to the original ingredients to is it organic or the soil is organic three are they trying to cut back prices and this is why the corn syrup is not good for us and for if they take a certain intake let’s say every day of drinking something with corn syrup is it bad for them just like anything else too much of anything

  • Besides the flawed studies, what I found to be another common theme of this video was something like “people are going to believe what they’re going to believe, and nothing research does will change it.” I had an instance like this where I was telling a friend what I had learned in various human science courses about why our muscles feel sore after a workout. She believed that lactic acid builds up in your muscles, but the truth is that working out causes little microscopic tears in your muscles which makes them sore. I tried telling her this, and her argument against me was that she had been told this lactic acid information all her life from many different people. But it just wasn’t true. One side of my argument is that If someone is told something enough times by enough people, they will find it to be true.

    Another side of my argument is that people are very habitual and very few will change their ways if they discover that certain things are unhealthy for them. Consider the act of smoking as an example. It is very common knowledge that smoking causes an increase in many negative health effects, especially lung cancer. Has this information stopped people from smoking? No. It’s not just addictions that keep people smoking, there are plenty of new smokers who decided to smoke after they knew this information was true. Smoking is still the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S. This scientific information has decreased the number of smokers in our world, but it is still very prevalent.

    Overall, I believe a majority of people are going to believe what they’ve been told, or they’re going to stick with their habits, even if these scientific studies become more legitimate and find the truth.

  • This stuff gives me really bad palpitations and I get shaky if I ingest it. It’s in everything now and I have to read labels carefully in order to avoid it.

  • I wish I had known about fructose when I was younger. I was a complete fizzy drink addict. I peaked at a little over 300 lbs. I’m now on my way to getting rid of that junk but it’ll take a while. I don’t think I will ever fully recover though because no drink satisfies like a fizzy drink. The sweetness and the burn of the carbonation are the perfect combination. Sparkling water is just bitter and adding regular sugar doesn’t make it taste any better and regular sugar is 50% fructose so I can only lose doing that.

  • Molecularly, HFCS is nearly identical to regular table sugar, cane sugar, maple syrup & molasses. You should be telling people to avoid those, too. HFCS became rampant in the American diet when the federal government pushed low-fat foods on America & it was substituted for fats in so many foods. The low-fat diet has made Americans the sickest people on the planet!

    The only sugars that are healthy are fructose contained in whole fruits with fiber, & glucose starches found naturally in vegetables & whole grains. You should emphasize those, especially the importance of eating lots of fiber whenever you eat any sugars.

  • Or, refuse both sugar and high fructose corn syrup. Healthy alternatives are Monk Fruit or Stevia… nether spike your blood sugar, both taste great and are safe for diabetics.