High Fructose Corn Sugar vs. Sugar

by dr.g

mom, i need more high fructose corn syrup!

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Lets get one thing straight- most of drinks and foods that contain these items have little or no nutritional value. It’s kind of like would you rather be poked in the eye by a pencil or a sharp stick. High Fructose Corn Syrup and table sugar are both processed foods but in my opinion, and others they are not the same!!!! Watch tv lately and you will see the most recent media blitz paid for by the corn growers association saying there is no difference.

While high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) and sucrose (table sugar) both contain fructose and glucose they are not contained in the same concentrations.  HFCS contains the unnatural ratio of about 5% more fructose. In addition, the fructose is not bound to glucose like it is in sucrose. It is free and ready to be metabolized by the body more quickly. So, no they are not the same but more important to you and I is will they act the same way in the body? I believe the answer is no based on research done at Princeton University.

Researchers at Princeton showed that rats fed water sweetened with HFCS at half the concentration of most soda pop gained more weight as those compared with sucrose sweetened water at the same concentration as soda pop. Remember the rats that gained weight were  drinking a solution that was 50% less concentrated with HFCS than normal and both sets of rats had the same amount of caloric intake. Only the rats that drank the HFCS solution became obese.

“In a second long term  study, compared to animals eating only rat chow, rats on a diet rich in high-fructose corn syrup showed characteristic signs of a dangerous condition known in humans as the metabolic syndrome, including abnormal weight gain, significant increases in circulating triglycerides and augmented fat deposition, especially visceral fat around the belly. Male rats in particular ballooned in size: Animals with access to high-fructose corn syrup gained 48 percent more weight than those eating a normal diet.”


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Like most processed foods, HFCS, probably has some serious damaging effects to our health. While it is best to minimize all sugar consumption because of the spikes in insulin and the empty calories that contribute to obesity and diabetes, when looking for sweet foods try to consumer sugar in as close to its natural form as possible. (e.g. from cane or beets, honey, stevia leaf)

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