5 Reasons to Avoid High Fructose Corn Syrup

As with most additives, there is still ongoing research into the implications and complications of the ingredients, but one thing is for sure – High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) is NOT GOOD.  So here are my reasons for avoiding it:

1.  HFCS is not recognized by the body like other sugars.  In fact, the brain will not indicate that one is full upon consumption of HFCS and often the consumer will overeat.  Thereby leading some to be overweight or obese when eating more products with HFCS. 

2. Products made with HFCS are high in calories and low in nutritional value.

3. No matter what those darn commercials tell you, HFCS is not natural. While it is derived from corn, after chemical treatment, it no longer continues to be anything like corn.  Even the FDA specified their natural definition and concluded that HFCS is not so.

4. Fructose is metabolized into fat and has no vitamins, minerals or enzymes to be used by the body.  The body ends up using its own micro-nutrients to assimilate it for its use.  However, the natural fructose that is contained in fruits is assimilated as the fruit contains all of the essentials in order to be broken down.  Fruit also contains fiber – HFCS, not so much.

5. The makers of HFCS claim that it has the same amount of calories as sugar, which is not a good thing in my opinion.  So, uh, if it contains the same amount, but is worse on your body, then why not just use sugar??  Oh, that’s right, because you want your products to last forever, even in landfills. 

Disclaimer: Most of these statements have not been evaluated by the FDA.  They are based on my research only and the reader should conduct their own searches in finding the correct information from valuable resources (medical journals, etc.).  As always, the consumer is in charge of what they do and do not eat.  However, do your one and only body right by avoiding HFCS.

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4 thoughts on “5 Reasons to Avoid High Fructose Corn Syrup

  1. High fructose corn syrup is bad news. The good news is that if you eat “real” food rather than processed food, you’re probably not getting very much of it in your diet anyway.

    The best guideline I’ve seen is to only eat stuff that your grandmother would recognise as food. 🙂

  2. I found you via Problogger’s Better Blog challenge and being a health blogger I couldn’t resist coming to check your post out.

    HFCS is such a frightening additive. Fortunately in Australia we don’t see it in almost all of our foods like you do in the US. However, it is starting to creep in there.

    I love Darren’s suggestion of only eating foods that your grandmother would recognise. I am a big fan of only eating real whole foods and staying away from anything processed.

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