High fructose corn syrup – good and bad

The truth about high fructose corn syrup

The truth about high fructose corn syrup

What do we know about high fructose corn syrup, and is it good or bad for our health? 

looking at a corn field

looking at a corn field

 

                High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is a calorie-providing sweetener used to sweeten foods and beverages, particularly processed and store-bought foods. It is made by an enzymatic process from glucose syrup that is derived from corn. A relatively new food ingredient, it was first produced in Japan in the late 1960s, then entered the American food supply system in the early 1970s. HFCS is a desirable food ingredient for food manufacturers because it is equally as sweet as table sugar, blends well with other foods, helps foods to maintain a longer shelf life, and is less expensive (due to government subsidies on corn) than other sweeteners. It can be found in a variety of food products including soft drinks, salad dressings, ketchup, jams, sauces, ice cream and even bread. (http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutrition_articles.asp?id=486)

This is what high fructose corn syrup looks like

This is what high fructose corn syrup looks like

 

 

There are two types of high fructose corn syrup found in foods today:

Powerade has HFCS listed as the second ingredient

Powerade has HFCS listed as the second ingredient

Bottom line, the Mayo Clinic notes that “controversy exists … about whether or not the body handles high-fructose corn syrup differently than table sugar.” But Mayo and Green America are on the same page when it comes to sugar and HFCS: Avoid overconsumption of both. (http://blog.greenamerica.org/2013/04/23/table-sugar-vs-high-fructose-corn-syrup-which-is-worse/)

 

High fructose corn syrup

High fructose corn syrup

list of ingredients HFCS

list of ingredients HFCS