Dangers Of High Fructose Corn Syrup

High fructose corn syrup is now found in nearly every processed food product available. Whether it tastes sweet or not.

High fructose corn syrup was developed in the late 1950′s as a cheap sugar substitute.  Table sugar was very expensive because of sugar tariffs.  Because of its prohibitive cost you didn’t find sugar in every single food item we bought. Even Coke and Pepsi only came in 8 or 12-ounce sizes.

Manufacturers were highly motivated to find a substitute for expensive sugar.  Due to corn subsidies, high fructose corn syrup became an attractive option.  It is sweeter than sugar at a fraction of the cost. It can be added to virtually everything on the table, making the items tastier and more profitable.

High fructose corn syrup was developed in the late 1950′s as a cheap sugar substitute

It’s well known that a high intake of sugar is bad for you.  The National Institute of Health estimates there are roughly 200 million Americans that are obese.  The average American consumes almost 63 pounds of high fructose corn syrup per year!  Even though high fructose corn syrup is only slightly higher in fructose than table sugar, people who consume a lot of processed foods can easily consume 20 to 30 grams of additional fructose each day.

The other thing is that in processed foods high fructose corn syrup is condensed into large amounts.  Eating fruit you may consume about 1 or 2 grams of fructose compared to the 20 grams that can be found in a single product of processed food.

If you must eat processed foods look for ones with natural sugars

The fructose found naturally in fruit is absolutely fine.  In its original setting, fructose is surrounded with healthy nutrients, phytochemicals, and fiber.  Interestingly, fructose doesn’t raise blood sugar very much either.

Read nutrition labels carefully. If you must eat processed foods look for ones with natural sugars.

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