Is High-Fructose Corn Syrup Hazardous to Your Health?

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  • I wonder where this media-doc and his research group gets it's money from. At no point does he say, "yes, it's good for you" just that some studies are inconclusive.
    At this point, I trust NOTHING that FDA, the food industry or the pharmaceutical industry has to say. I figure they have all sold their integrity to the highest bidder. - 2/24/2015 9:43:11 AM
  • I will pass on corn syrup when I can. - 1/24/2015 4:34:13 PM
  • Sorry, that link showed up strangely in my last post, so reposting.

    To check out an updated version of this topic from the University of California go to the following link:


    It should be all on one line, including the "-oM". Or you can youtube search "Sugar: The Bitter Truth". Its on the official "University of California Television (UCTV)" channel - not some crazy unknown/unreliabl
    e source.
    - 1/23/2015 2:05:40 AM
  • This is an outdated view.

    While the long term implications for some diseases is unknown, we KNOW that this sugar is processed differently on a cellular level. This is NOT a simple "what you eat" versus "what you burn" problem - which surprised me as much as anyone!

    To prove I'm not some crazy person, check out this lecture from a tenured professor at the University of California - San Francisco on THIS EXACT TOPIC:
    He has several more updated versions as well.

    Similar lectures are available from physician researchers across the country, including at harvard/stanford. The science of obesity has advanced a LOT in the last 10 years. This video is now out-of-date and misleading.
    - 1/23/2015 2:00:31 AM
  • I feel this video is not telling the whole story. And I am speaking as a clinical chemist. - 12/1/2014 10:22:13 PM
  • Brought to you by the American Corn Industry. - 10/8/2014 3:40:36 PM
  • My daughter has severe IBS and cannot digest fructose. It is a huge trigger for her IBS. - 10/1/2014 12:03:24 AM
  • Unbiased? Really? - 9/16/2014 2:39:16 PM
  • To make sugar and molasses, cane juice is boiled.

    To make maple syrup and sugar, maple sap is boiled.

    HFCS is produced by milling corn (maize) to produce corn starch, processing that starch to yield corn syrup, which is almost entirely glucose, and then adding enzymes that convert some of the glucose into fructose.
    Corn syrup is obtained through a multi-step bioprocess. First, the enzyme α-amylase is added to a mixture of corn starch and water. α-amylase is secreted by various species of the bacterium Bacillus; the enzyme is isolated from the liquid in which the bacteria are grown. The enzyme breaks down the starch into oligosaccharides, which are then broken into glucose molecules by adding the enzyme glucoamylase, known also as "γ-amylase". Glucoamylase is secreted by various species of the fungus Aspergillus; the enzyme is isolated from the liquid in which the fungus is grown. The glucose can then be transformed into fructose by passing the glucose through a column that is loaded with the enzyme D-xylose isomerase, an enzyme that is isolated from the growth medium of any of several bacteria.

    That is my reason for staying away from it as much as possible. - 9/5/2014 8:06:44 PM
  • In a word: YES. - 7/30/2014 8:53:53 AM
  • I used to have it in everything from bread to drinks and didn't think of it as gook until I went off it years ago just to see what would happen. I lost lots weight and now if I eat or drink something with it I feel sick almost immediately. It seriously messes with the taste of foods and not for the better. Give me plain sugar or honey or molasses... if it needs tons of processing, I do my best to avoid or at least limit it and my tummy is happy I do. HFCS, Corn Syrup, and Corn Syrup Solids aren't food to me. Corn on the cob is food! - 7/19/2014 5:38:55 PM
  • SparkPeople, you totally wasted my time watching this video. If it's going to be corporate advertising, at least identify it as such, not as "education".
    The American obesity epidemic didn't begin until HFCS started being put in everything, distorting our taste buds and enhancing our appetites. - 7/10/2014 1:47:34 PM
  • This video brought to you by the corn refiners of America.

    Table sugar and corn syrup are NOT the same chemically. Yes they both made up of fructos and glucos molecules but in table sugar they are bonded together while in corn syrup they are unbonded or free. This means it takes only a fraction of the effort for our bodies to break down corn syrup as it does to break down table sugar.

    Yes both are bad for you but corn syrup is worse.

    As for the moderate consumption..... Uh yeah corn syrup is being put into everything even things that should be completely natural like packaged vegetables. Believe me. I think I may be allergic to the stuff (after consuming it I get sever coughing attacks and intestinal upset) and the list of premade foods I can eat is very short.

    Get off it corn refiners. Saying that hfcs is the same as table sugar because they both contain fructos and glucos but in differing amounts is like saying that hydrogen peroxide is the same as water because they both contain hydrogen and oxygen in differing amounts. - 6/3/2014 11:57:08 AM
  • This article is a bunch of hooey. HFCS is very bad for you. My nutritionist told me it stimulates your appetite, making you eat more besides being a simple sugar. It is GMO as well and that is another reason to avoid it. Avoid the stuff like the plague. - 5/22/2014 10:21:44 PM
  • Great article. I really enjoyed it.

    I figure that the best sugar are still the ones that I get from my fruits... yummy! But every once in a while, I indulge in other products with sugar or corn syrup as well. Moderation:-) - 5/9/2014 8:33:16 AM