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SICKLY SWEET

High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS)

HFCS is a cheaply produced, large-scale commercial, highly refined sweetener that has taken over the sweetener market - now routinely added to processed foods and beverages.

 

HFCS comes in two main forms:

✔  HFCS-55 (the main form used in soft drinks) 55% fructose blended with 45% glucose;

HFCS-42 (the main form used in canned fruit in syrup, ice cream, desserts, and baked goods) contains 42% fructose and 58% glucose.

Fructose in HFCS consumed in much greater quantities than fructose in fruit or honey

–   Fructose is found in fruit (~2- 8%) and honey (40%) - but its consumption from these sources is limited by the typical amount of fruit and honey eaten;

–   In contrast, commercial fructose derived from corn, is lacking in bulk, making it easier to consume large quantities of it - unfortunately, we do indeed consume large amounts of fructose, “lurking”in so many food and drink products.

 

Fructose consumed to excess has been shown to have several detrimental effects on health

–    Fructose makes fat faster than glucose

"Our study shows for the first time the surprising speed with which humans make body fat from fructose. Once you start the process of fat synthesis from fructose, it's hard to slow it down. The bottom line of this study is that fructose very quickly gets made into fat in the body."

–   Dr. Elizabeth Parks, associate professor of clinical nutrition,

UT Southwestern Medical Center

Author of a fructose study reported in the Journal of Nutrition (2008).

–   Causative factor in heart disease - when consumed in excessive amounts, according to study reports.

For more detail:

Too Much Fructose - Burdens Liver / Increases Inflammation / Favors fat production

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