Let’s talk about high fructose corn syrup

I have heard that high fructose corn syrup is a major contributor to obesity and even effects hormones.

Different studies reveal different ideas on the topic:

Sucrose, high-fructose corn syrup, and fructose, their metabolism and potential health effects: what do we really know?

MYTH: High-Fructose Corn Syrup Is No Worse for You Than Table Sugar

 

 

 

 

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20 Comments

  1. My son has type 1 diabetes and I have learned all about nutrition the hard way. He was so young when he was diagnosed that I decided to start eating healthier so he would have a strong foundation later on. Turns out, its much harder than it seems because there is some sort of “sugar” in everything that is packaged or ready to eat. HFCS is the number 1 ingredient we stay away from in foods. The funniest thing to me– well, perhaps the saddest– is that in some “sugar free” items that I had hoped would work for us, has HFCS as the first ingredient.

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  2. I just think that an excess of either one, isn’t great. My method in “dieting” or living a “healthy lifestyle” isn’t necessarily about taking a specific food out (ASIDE FROM PARTICULAR DIETS DUE TO HEALTH CONCERNS), but adding more good stuff in. The good stuff being your natural fruits, vegetables, grains, etc. The more you add the good in, the more you tend to weed the bad out.

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  3. I think knowing what is in the food you’re eating is a good start to making better decisions with your diet. Maybe HFCS isn’t any worse than table sugar, but it’s a conversation starter to begin the journey towards better eating habits. After experiencing the freshman 15, you learn that portion control contributes to a healthy weight much like the sugar you eat.

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  4. I recently followed an elimination diet and one of the things I eliminated was any added sugar. IT IS IN EVERYTHING! Even plain frozen potatoes! HFCS is super cheap and easy to store, making it easier to put into all of our food. This also makes it more prevalent in food that is cheap and convenient. And it’s no coincidence that it is in food targeted for children and in convenience foods. While there may be no definitive evidence that HFCS contributes to obesity, there is enough correlation to try to avoid it as much as possible.

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  5. I worked for a call center a while back for a number of different food brands and I remember when the word got around about how bad HFCS was for us. We would get at least 100 calls with concerns about it a day. Mostly complaints about why it was in the product and that it needed to be removed. I don’t think HFCS is any worse than table sugar. Obesity comes from bad choices in eating habits and us not being able to afford organic foods, so we are forced to eat processed foods.

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  6. I am actually discussing HFCS in my nutrition class right now. We had to look in our pantry to see some of the items that contain HFCS. Most of the things that I found were geared toward my kids. I did not realize that it was in all their breakfast items and lots of their snacks. No wonder we as a nation struggle with obesity. The food industry starts on us as children.

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  7. Both are basically the same. HFCS is derived from corn itself, but sugar also contains fructose and glucose. I believe they do contribute to obesity, and should be avoided in excessive amounts.

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  8. I feel that even though corn syrup and table sugar are equally as bad, that does not stop the fact that neither is good for you. Some foods have both as an ingredient is even worst then having one or the other. I thinking cutting both down would just be better for health. It may be equally as bad but that does not stop the fact that it is helping cause obesity.

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  9. I feel that corn syrup and table sugar can be in the same boot with what is at stake.. I like that the website included different types of foods that has both as an ingredient.

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