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The Ugly Truth About High-Fructose Corn Syrup

“Avoid food products containing ingredients that are A) unfamiliar B) unpronounceable C) more than five in number or that include D) high-fructose corn syrup”

Micheal Pollan

What is High-Fructose Corn Syrup?

High-fructose corn syrup (HFCS), not to be confused with fructose (which is a naturally occurring sugar found in apples and other fruits), is a derivative of corn starch. It’s broken down using an enzyme until it’s turned into a syrup. Production started in 1970 where it was found to be a cheaper process and product than using cane sugar.

“42 percent fructose and 50-52 percent glucose”

The Weston A. Price Foundation

You would think they’d call it “High-GLUCOSE Corn Syrup”.

What is Glucose?

“Glucose is the main type of sugar in the blood and is the major source of energy for the body’s cells. Glucose comes from the foods we eat or the body can make it from other substances. Glucose is carried to the cells through the bloodstream. Several hormones, including insulin, control glucose levels in the blood.”

KidsHealth
Glucose meter and needle

“Countries with higher use of HFCS had an average prevalence of Type 2 diabetes of 8 percent compared to 6.7 percent in countries not using HFCS.”

USC

What happens when you eat High-Fructose Corn Syrup?

The dangers of too much high-fructose corn syrup
Sources: Mayo Clinic, Organic Consumers Association, Cleveland Clinic, andDr. Axe

What does the FDA say about HFCS?

The FDA claims that HFCS is “natural”. That’s strange because currently 92% of U.S. corn is genetically modified. In other words, they are making HFCS with GM (genetically modified) corn. When they genetically modify a crop, they’re taking the crop and altering its DNA to withstand pesticides, herbicides, weather, and other things that damage the crop. The crop has no way of altering itself to that extent. So, what about that is “natural”? To claim that it’s natural is obtuse.

Is it any wonder why we are so sick? People are commonly told that HFCS is a natural sweetener. That word “natural” screams “I’m healthy!” in our minds. It does mine. That’s why we have to be careful by taking the time to read labels and gain knowledge. I’m aware we all have places to be and people to see but our health is most important.

Two images. One looks like a healthy cereal and the other is a bowl full of High-Fructose Corn Syrup candy.
What you think you’re eating vs. what you’re really eating.

Where is High-Fructose Corn Syrup hiding?

  • Cereal
  • Granola Bars
  • Candy
  • Soda
  • Jelly
  • Sports Drinks
  • Ice Cream
  • Cookies, Muffins, & Cakes
  • Juice
  • Canned Fruits
  • Condiments
  • Applesauce
  • Crackers
  • Oatmeal
  • Lunch Meat
  • Peanut Butter
  • Sweetened Yogurts

The list is more extensive than this. As you can see HFCS is in most foods while the U.S. remains the most obese country in the world according to the Obesity Update 2017. Perhaps it wouldn’t be if we weren’t lied to about the ingredients in the food we’re eating. Or if foods were made with healthier ingredients. Then again, we need to stop pulling the ignorance card because ignorance is not bliss in this case.

What’s your take away on High-Fructose Corn Syrup?

This is just a fraction of information out there on HFCS. My hope is that this will encourage even one person to think about what they are buying/eating. I want the world to be a healthier place to live and I believe that starts with treating our bodies with the respect they deserve.

Do you have any helpful information on HFCS? I’d love to hear your opinions/comments below.

1 Corinthians 6:19 “Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?”

NKJV

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