HFCS – The Jury is Still Out

 

Unlike partially hydrogenated oils, hard evidence has not been compiled against high fructose corn syrup (HFCS).  What is HFCS?

HFCS is cornstarch that has been processed down to glucose and fructose molecules.  This is exactly what sucrose (table sugar) is made up of, but differs from sucrose in the respect that the glucose and fructose molecules are not bond together when consumed.  The health implications of this difference have not been conclusively determined, but there are many industry and non-industry individuals convinced that our increased consumption of HFCS over the past thirty plus years has been a major factor in the nations problematic increase of obesity and type 2 diabetes.  One of the suspicions is that consumption of HFCS does not have the same effect of appetite suppression because of the different metabolic reaction that results from glucose and fructose not being bound together (unlike sucrose).

What I can tell you for certain is that HFCS is not a natural ingredient (you can not go out in nature and find it).  The bottom line is HFCS is a cheaper ingredient than sucrose for the manufacturers.  HFCS is easier to blend into beverages, easier to transport, and adds more texture to baked goods than sucrose. 

You have to make your own decision about HFCS.  Here at Mani’s we are not very high on refined sugar, so HFCS is definitely not on the top of our list.  If you think about it, HFCS is more refined than refined sugar (interesting little thought).  Regardless of your choice regarding HFCS, remember that USDA recommends no more than 10% of your daily calories come from added sugar.  HFCS is only one form of added sugar that is found in our diets today.

If you are interested, here is a list of items containing high fructose corn syrup.  Take a look.

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