High fructose corn syrup has gotten a bad reputation over the years. A sweetener made from corn, high fructose corn syrup can be found in many products through out the grocery store. Fructose and sucrose, or table sugar, are both composed of fructose and glucose, with the percentages varying ever so slightly. With that in mind, is high fructose corn syrup really as bad for you as everyone says? Here are the myths and facts of high fructose corn syrup.
According to science, there is little difference between high fructose corn syrup and other sweeteners. Both high fructose corn syrup and table sugar contain one glucose and one fructose molecule. Table sugars are fused together while high fructose corn syrup are not, therefore creating a liquid. All sweeteners add empty calories. In the science community, it is common for people to understand that high fructose corn syrup and other sugars are equivalent and that all sweeteners should be consumed in moderation.
Some common concerns of high fructose corn syrup is that it is less healthy than sugar and it is to blame for obesity. The first of these is a myth. Sugar, no matter the form, isn’t the healthiest of choices. The body absorbs high fructose corn syrup and sugar the same way. All forms of sugar should be consumed in moderation. The second has little scientific proof. Some studies have been conducted but nothing is conclusive. Also obesity is becoming in a worldwide issue while high fructose corn syrup is consumed mostly in the United States.
High fructose corn syrup is a natural sweetener made from corn. Some studies will say it contains mercury but the FDA has approved high fructose corn syrup and deemed it natural. The name can be miss leading as high fructose corn syrup is not high in fructose. HFCS 55 is 55% fructose, making it just as sweet as sugar and often used in sodas. HFCS 42 is 42% fructose. Slightly less sweet than sugar and often used in most other foods.
A Renaissance physician once said, “the dose makes the poison” meaning anything can be harmful in large doses. Keep this in mind when making your own decision about high fructose corn syrup. Whether you continue consuming it or cut it out of your diet, be aware of the ingredients and serving size. Moderation is key