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Is High-Fructose Corn Syrup Hazardous to Your Health?

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  • 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
  • We need to be aware that all sugar must be consumed in moderation. - 5/4/2014 3:50:41 PM
  • If there is any question as to wether fructose is harmful, here is a great explanation.

    http://www.yout
    ube.com/watch
    ?v=dBnniua6-oM

    It will explain exactly why fructose is harmful to human health and the 'fattening' of the population. - 4/28/2014 2:18:14 AM
  • This video did not come close to telling the truth about how dangerous high fructose corn syrup is. That it is GMO. That is should be avoided like the plague. It is as if people are afraid to tell the truth. - 4/16/2014 7:18:30 PM
  • Interesting video. I have studied the Monsanto factor extensively. The poisoning of our food supply. Bad news is an understatement. - 11/30/2013 7:51:09 PM
  • One of the big problems with HFCS is that it is being used in soooo many products now, it is cheap, AND it is easily broken down by our bodies. It is NOT the fact that it is corn or that it is sugar. It is that it a simple sugar. THAT is what causes the problem for our bodies. What makes it such a great sweetener commercially (mixes in easily, low cost, very sweet for a low volume) those are the same reasons it is so bad for us.
    Pay attention in school - Chemistry namely - and you'll learn this stuff. - 11/17/2013 7:57:13 PM
  • Sugar is Sugar is Sugar; don't like it? Then reduce it in YOUR diet!
    Listen for an interesting take:
    http://www.evil
    sugarradio.com - 11/14/2013 3:04:19 PM