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Fructose (Definition)

Fructose, or fruit sugar, is a simple monosaccharide found in many plants (fruits, vegetables, sugar cane and honey). Fructose is absorbed directly into the bloodstream during digestion. Since 1970 high fructose corn syrup has been increasingly used in the food industry. Excess fructose consumption has been linked to Insulin resistance, obesity, metabolic ...Read more


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Wanted to know if cheerios contain high fructose corn syrup?

Read the label!: Hi. I have all my patients learn to read the ingredients label on food (I do it myself too). That's why it's there! Get in the habit of using it! ...Read more

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Is it advisable to completely avoid drinks with high fructose corn syrup?

Not necessarily: You are unlikely to be "allergic" to this sugar and although it has a high calorie to sweetness ratio it is just a simple food source. A diet composed of high quality carbohydrates fats and proteins is likely to support the healthiest lifestyle. However, an occasional intake of this sugar source is of no consequence to most. ...Read more

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What do you think of the commercial products with high fructose corn syrup?

HFCS: Don't eat them. There are masny healthy, natural sweeteners on the market. Refined corn syrup is just as dangerous as white sugar. ...Read more

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So what exactly is the difference between fructose and high fructose corn syrup(hfcs)?

So what exactly is the difference between fructose and high fructose corn syrup(hfcs)?

Good question: Fructose is a natural sugar found in fruits. It is what god made. It is a monosaccaride and is absorbed directly during digestion. Hfcs comprises any of a group of corn syrups that has undergone enzymatic processing to convert some of its glucose into fructose to produce a desired sweetness. This is not natural and has been shown to cause problems like fatty liver and obesity. It is not healthy. ...Read more

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Does high fructose corn syrup contain mercury?

Does high fructose corn syrup contain mercury?

No abnormal amounts: High fructose corn syrup and regular corn syrup do not contain any unusual amounts of mercury to worry about. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Asthma (Definition)

Asthma is a disease of the lungs caused by chronic inflammation of the airways most often caused by allergies. This inflammation results in airway swelling and hyperactivity leading to difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, dry cough, etc. MIT is a diagnosis made by combining clinical ...Read more


Dr. John Chiu
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Allergies (Definition)

Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more