Check the label: High fructose corn syrup

School Of Nutrition Posted Feb 17, 2016 Future Fit Training


High-fructose corn syrup is a sweetener made from corn starch that has been processed to convert some of its glucose into fructose.

Check the label: High fructose corn syrup

High-fructose corn syrup (also called glucose-fructose, iso-glucose and glucose-fructose syrup) was first marketed in the early 1970s. Since then it has been used worldwide as a sweetener as it is easier to handle than granulated sugar, and since the price of corn is more stable than that of sugar cane.

Is it safe?

Health concerns have been raised about a relationship between HFCS and metabolic disorders. However, epidemiological research has suggested that the increase in metabolic disorders, such as obesity and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, is linked to increased consumption of sugars and/or calories in general, and not due to any special effect of HFCS.

High fructose consumption has been linked to high levels of uric acid in the blood, though this is only thought to be a concern for patients with gout.

People with fructose malabsorption should avoid foods containing HFCS.

The bottom line

Though researchers continue to study whether the body handles HFCS differently, there is still not enough evidence to support HFCS having more adverse health effects than excess consumption of any other type of sugar.

Written by Victoria Trowse

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