Skip to comments.High Fructose Corn Syrup: Some Scary Facts to Consider Before You Gulp Down Soda
Posted on 03/29/2013 7:49:44 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
Did you know that consumption of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) in the U.S. -- which can be found in a plethora of cookies, candies and fast-foods -- has increased by a a whopping 10,673 percent between 1970 and 2005? So reports the USDA Dietary Assessment of Major Trends in U.S. Food Consumption report.
Are you one of millions, who, according to the USDA report, consume one-quarter of your calories from added sugars, most of which comes from high fructose corn syrup, as mercola.com pointed out?
Meanwhile, have you heard about the a recent study, which reveals that a diet high in high fructose corn syrup may be partly to blame for insulin resistance?
And did you learn here on the Sugar Shock Blog about the health-harming mercury that's been found recently in foods containing high fructose corn syrup?
What's more, are you aware that in the past decade, as people's consumption of HFCS has soared unabated, diabetes has increased by a staggering 90 percent and 8 percent or 24 million Americans now have diabetes?
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But they use it because it is alot cheaper.
Agree on all counts!
Did you know that consumption of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) in the U.S. -- which can be found in a plethora of cookies, candies and fast-foods -- has increased by a a whopping 10,673 percent between 1970 and 2005?
The article begs the question "what other sweeteners were in use in 1970, and what happened to their consumption levels between 1970 and 2005?"
Corn does grow in a lot of places that sugar can’t grow. Odd thing is that throwback soda (real sugar) is the same price as corn syrup based soda.
It is cheaper because of sugar subsidies to the U.S. Sugar Industry that restricts imports and drives up the price.
Cutting the use of corn syrup is another kick in the crotch for our farmers.
Tell them to grow sugar beets.
I have never given much thought to the use and consumption of HFCS but someone posted an article on FB today so I looked some information up. It is strange how much diabetes has increased. A connection? I have no idea.
A Very Good Point!
Odd thing is that throwback soda (real sugar) is the same price as corn syrup based soda
Shush! You will let the secret out that all this Damn Corn Syrup isn't needed!
I’m sorry this is just too much like a “scary story”.
Ooh, there is measurable Mercury!!!! Of course, they don’t say how much. They can measure extremely minute things in the parts per trillion for some things.
Please, everyone, listen to me! Stop eating anything because it WILL kill you, just look at the people who have gone before us, they ate and they died.
That is a factor too.
I’m just curious about the increase in diabetes. Know quite a few people with it and it is nasty. One woman I know has lost a leg, another woman lost both legs and is going blind. I would think anyone would be interested to know if there is a connection.
I think a lot of it is just plain inactivity leading to weight gain.
Kids (and of course adults) today are sitting in front of electronic screens instead of playing (working) outdoors.
But what about adults? Why the huge increase in diabetes now? I want to know if it is caused by high fructose corn syrup or something else or it just happens. It is a horrible disease and if we can prevent it, why wouldn’t we want to? If there is no connection, then that’s great. Would just like some honest answers.
well then since you think eating healthy is stupid perhaps we should just everything bad. I mean cause were gonna die anyway, right?
Once you eliminate HFCS from your diet, you automatically have improved the quality level of your food intake.
Good quality food does not have HFCS as an ingredient.
Next thing to eliminate is partially hydrogenated soybean oil.
IMO its a combination of factors. Lack of exercise and high sugar diets are probably two of the main causes.
Corn Syrup: Corn syrup is extracted from corn starch and is made into glucose. Some recipes call for corn syrup as a sweetener and it is sold in grocery stores, often under the brand name Karo.
High-Fructose Corn Syrup: HFCS goes through additional processing. Three different types of enzymes are added, one after the other, to change the corn starch into first glucose and then into fructose. Additional glucose is then added to THAT to finally create high-fructose corn syrup.
Corn Sugar: Just a new name for High-Fructose Corn Syrup that the Corn Refiners Association is trying to get the FDA to approve for food labeling.
So, hopefully not TOO confusing. Corn Syrup syrup which has undergone an extraction process from corn starch. High-Fructose Corn Syrup syrup which has been extracted from corn starch, then processed again to turn it into fructose, then has the final whammy of adding yet more glucose to it. Corn Sugar just another name for HFCS!
List of Foods With No High-Fructose Corn Syrup: Corn Syrup vs. High-Fructose Corn Syrup vs. Corn Sugar
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It’s all very confusing to me.
Inactivity has got to be a factor as well. But although I’m wary of drawing causation from correlational observations, HFCS has to be the leading potential cause of the increase in diabetes from all the chemical candidates you could come up with.
Why doesn’t someone come out with a soda containing only 25% of the sugar (without any other sweeteners).I bet people would adjust just like they do with non-fat milk.
The Farmers that stick it to us with federal requirements to use their products?
The Farmers that kick consumers in the crotch with higher prices created by import quotas?
The Farmers that drive producers across the border where their import restrictions don't drive up input costs?
Agribusiness doesn't need welfare.
I remember reading that back in the 1970s (or 80s) in a book alled Sugar Blues.
It’s just SUGAR, no different than table sugar.
Just as bad, but no worse.
Afew years ago I went to my Doc. He said my sugar was really high. I had been drinking a LOT of fruit juices. I figured the water and fruit in them had to be good for me. I had no idea Fructose was bad news! I took meds for a short while, but really changed my diet around, including much more plain old water. After about 5 months I was back down to high normal. No longer have to take any meds for Type 2. Doc said it was the High Fructose Corn Syrup.
I was brought up in the country, in a family that didn’t drink soda or eat “sweets” or processed foods-we still don’t. So, I don’t see what all the fuss is-what difference does it make where the processed sugar comes from-it still isn’t good for the human body, for any number of reasons. That said, adults are responsible for themselves and their diet, period.
Diabetes II is genetic. You either have it already and at some point it will be triggered or you will never get it at all. What you eat has little to do with getting it, how much you eat and your weight is a trigger.
There are few, if any benefits, and lots of adverse effects, associated with sugar consumption, either sucrose or fructose. Fructose may be a bit worse, but excess sucrose consumption also leads to late onset diabetes in the adult population and has for centuries. Dad always said, “avoid consuming anything white if you can and if it comes in a bag or a box, don’t eat it.”
In the 1960s and 1970s, cyclamate was used as an artificial sweetener in the US. it tasted the same as sugar. Then it was banned after a rat, that had been given the equivalent of 350 cans per day of soda, contracted bladder cancer. But subsequent tests could not replicate this. The FDA refused to lift the ban and it´s still in effect.
Cyclamates are in use today in 55 countries including Canada.
I have no problem feeding it to livestock, but humans clearly should severely limit their intake of sugar in general, not just fructose.
Don’t forget the farmers who sell their corn crops to make ethanol as well as corn sugar-corn as a fresh food is a vegetable meant to be eaten-processed, it isn’t good for either human or vehicle engines...
It is easier to use because it is a liquid and can be moved by pumps through pipes.
I agree with your dad, white flour, white sugar, even cocaine, are concentrated extracts, white rice has the bran removed.
Humans existed until 1700 without processed sugars. It was a big deal to get anything particularly sweet. When chocolate was introduced, it was the 70% cacao variety, not the Hersheys super-sweet kind. Until the late 1970 humans never consumed high-fructose corn syrup. Now it is in nearly EVERYTHING. Our bodies are simply not designed to take it sweets in such amounts. That there are obese people everywhere should come as no surprise.
Pepsi Next is lower in sugar, but I think they add artificial sweetener. I wish someone would make a soft drink that uses sugar, just less of it. I drink Pepsi throwback or Pepsi Next. I cannot drink diet anything- all of it tastes metallic to me and I have heard the diet sodas are not good for you either.
Obesity is bad but I have seen many people who are not obese yet they have diabetes.
Then what is the difference from sugar, corn syrup and high fructose corn syrup?
While eating vegetables and berries and some whole grains is healthful, humans do not require carbohydrate at all to be healthy, only protein and fat.
“Despite oft-heard claims to the contrary, there is no actual physiological requirement for dietary carbohydrate.”
Don’t have to scare me one coke, and I go into anaphylactic shock!
If you think you are doomed to become diabetic because it “runs in your family,” take heart.
You inherit a susceptibility to Type II diabetes; you do not inherit diabetes. One of three Americans will become diabetic, with women more likely to develop diabetes than men.
Risk factors for developing diabetes include: a family history of diabetes; storing fat primarily in the belly; high triglycerides; low HDL (good) cholesterol; blood sugar higher than 200 thirty minutes after a meal; fasting blood sugar above 110; excess hair on the face or body (in women); or diabetes during pregnancy.
A person with any of these warning signs should immediately make lifestyle changes to prevent diabetes: avoid refined carbohydrates (foods made with flour, white rice, milled corn; all added sugars and drinks that contain sugar), exercise regularly, lose weight if you are overweight, and keep your weight controlled for the rest of your life. If you do this you will be at low risk for developing diabetes, even if you have the genes that make you susceptible.
The authors of one study showed that the average person who is diagnosed with diabetes at age 40 will die 11.6 year earlier than a non-diabetic and that he or she will be severely incapacitated with one or more side effects of diabetes 18.6 years before a non-diabetic becomes disabled by similar health problems. Anyone who has watched a loved one progress through the horrible consequences of uncontrolled diabetes should be strongly motivated to make the lifestyle changes that help you avoid ever becoming diabetic.
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The molecular structures differ slightly, but the body treats them all the same - as sugars.
But HFCS goes through additional processing.
but the fact is that HFCS is not natural at all because of the process it goes through to make it, along with the fact that it has at least one genetically modified enzyme in it.
Refined sugar began being produced in the medieval period. Explorers began refining sugar in the Americas in the 1500s. Elizabethan Brits had bad teeth because they ate so much.
How about not drinking soda? Has no health benefits and plenty of questions about its junk ingredients. Who needs it? Big waste of money.
Don’t remember the last time I bought soda of any kind.
HCFS(high fructose corn syrup) has been getting increased attention in the public eye over recent years, and for good reason. It is banned in a number of countries, but its in almost any non-organic processed foods in the US, all of which comes from Monsantos genetically engineered RoundUp Ready Bt corn.
HCFS isnt just your standard sugar, first of all. It is specifically engineered to be sweeter, which is why it is high fructose. While fructose (fruit sugar) is generally considered to be a harmless natural substance, it is not when consumed in the massive amounts present in the average americans diet, a massive 60 pounds per person per year. Fructose has a much stronger effect on the pancreas than sucrose which table sugar is comprised of. Although the balance of fructose to glucose is a seemingly small amount, 55 to 42% plus 3% of higher saccharides in HFCS and an equal 50/50 in sucrose, it is further complicated because the fructose in HFCS is totally unbound where as it requires an extra step of metabolism in table sugar because each atom of fructose is connected to a glucose atom. It is also directly linked to the obesity epidemic, as it is processed differently by the body in ways which encourage the creation of more body fat. In a study by Princeton University, rats fed a solution with 50% of the strength of HFCS compared to cola all 100% gained weight quickly, especially abdominal fat and raised triglyceride levels associated with obesity. The rats fed normal sugar at the same levels gained no weight and had no other issues either.
Also of note is that HFCS also turns off the bodys fullness response, increasing appetite by causing you to think that youve not had enough to eat even though the food and beverages youre consuming are quite packed with calories.
Obama Betrays Americans Again with the Monsanto Protection Act
Of course, its hard to honestly expect President Barack Obama to do the right thing, but many people held out hope that he would veto the most dangerous food act ever to pass the US Congress. After all, one of his campaign promises the first time around was to enforce the labeling of GMOs. His wife has that famous organic garden on the White House lawn. We can trust the Obamas, right?
Yesterday, that slender hope, the hope that Obama might finally do something for the good of the people instead of the good of the special interest groups that donate heavily to his campaigns, was dashed. Obama, once again, showed that he is for sale to the highest bidder and this time that bidder is Monsanto. Despite a petition that garnered over 250,000 signatures in just a few days, he signed the Monsanto Protection Act into law, completely ignoring the wishes of the people. In fact, a press release has not even been issued by the White House to give the impression that the highly successful petition was considered.
Michael Taylor: Monsanto’s Man in the Obama Administration
Our food should not be politicized.
I drink diet soda because regular is just too sweet for me. I do like sweet tea, though.
Fructose is bad in large quantities.
Fructose is about 50% of HFCS.
Fructose is about 50% of Honey.
Fructose is about 50% of table sugar.
Fructose is more than 50% of agave sugar.
One of the only common sources of sweet that is not loaded with fructose is good old fashioned corn syrup.
Even the most aggressive anti fructose advocates say the fructose you get when you eat whole fruit is okay, but fruit juice is not — apple juice and grape juice are a major source of excess fructose, and are just as bad as HFCS.
A little is okay, huge quantities will kill you, eventually.
My credentials: I’m a chemist, I like sweet stuff, and I’m fat.