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Fructose Corn Syrup
Obesity, pain: Humans have a limit to how much fructose the bowel can absorb at any given time. If you max out this limit, the fructose stays in the bowel and causes pain, bloating, and diarrhea. This is not dangerous, however. Just uncomfortable. The real health problem with hfcs is that because of its sugar contents, it is a major contributor to obesity and its consequences such as type ii diabetes. ...Read more
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
Calories: In and of itself its just a kind of sugar, but foods high in fructose tend to have a lot of calories, thus may promote obesity. There is very controversial theories that suggest fructose may affect hormones involved in appetite regulation ( like leptin) and promote obesity in that fashion as well, but direct and definite proof is not yet out there at this time. ...Read more
Fructose?: Humans have a limit to how much fructose the bowel can absorb at any given time. If you max out this limit, the fructose stays in the bowel and causes pain, bloating, and diarrhea. This is not dangerous, however. Just uncomfortable. The real health problem with hfcs is that because of its sugar contents, it is a major contributor to obesity and its consequences such as type ii diabetes. ...Read more
Few: Tough to find...Have to search. Look in organic or health food section. ...Read more
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
Yes: Just keep reading the ingredient labels on every food item you buy. Eat lots of fresh fruits and veggies. Choose from local, organic, or homemade foods and you will have greater control over your intake of hfcs. It is not impossible (or even challenging) to eliminate hfcs from you diet. Good luck to you! ...Read more
YES!!: Just avoid prepared foods of any kind. Cook your own bread, meals, and desserts completely from scratch, and drink only water. It's not easy, but it is possible! hfcs does not occur in nature, so if you cook everything yourself, you can avoid it. On the other hand, hfcs isn't any worse than refined table sugar, and both should be strictly limited. Look at labels before you buy! ...Read more
Yes: Hi. Yes, they're the same, and they're not good for you. ...Read more
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
Sugar: Nope. They are both dangerous to health and weight. ...Read more
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
No: There's been a lot of hype. The truth is, hfcs is 55% fructose and 45%glucose. Sucrose (table sugar) is about 50%fructose and 50%glucose. Glucose is used by our bodies as is. Fructose, on the other hand, requires processing by the liver to be used by the body. I recommend avoiding foods that contain a lot of either one. You get plenty of sugar in natural foods;you really don't need either one. ...Read more
Jury's out: Cane sugar is sucrose, which is made of glucose and fructose. Corn syrup is mainly fructose. The big problem is probably not from the molecule itself but from how it's added to everything because it is cheap. Processed food has so much added sweetener to make up for lack of flavor that we're addicted to it. ...Read more
Processed different: High fructose corn syrup is fructose, a 5-carbon sugar. Cane sugar is a combination of fructose and sucrose (a 6-carbon sugar). Fructose metabolism requires the body to deplete atp, an energy molecule and produces lactic acid. Fructose has numerous problems associated with it including causing/worsening diabetes and increasing uric acid that can worsen gout. ...Read more
Sugar : Yes. In some breads. But there are thousands of brands sold in the U.S. It will vary from bread to bread and bakery to bakery. Why do you ask? ...Read more
I would like to know definitively, whether or not, Maltodextrin from corn and High Fructose Corn Syrup are essentially the same ?
Not.: Both may be made from corn (MD is also made from wheat), but HFCS is first and foremost a sweetener whereas MD is often used for its texture or thickening rather than sweetening properties. HFCS is a physical mixture of fructose and glucose whereas MD is a polysaccharide of glucose - usually 3-17 units long. Both HFCS and MD contain a large number of calories. ...Read more
Leptin is a hormone made by fat cells. It regulates stored body fat. When body fat reaches a certain level, leptin acts on the brain's arcuate nucleus to increase energy expenditure and limit additional fat storage.
High fructose corn syrup is a compound of corn sugars altered to increase fructose content and sweetness. It is cheaper than cane sugar and is the major sweetener in processed foods. ...Read more
I know there has been reports that high fructose corn syrup can cause cancer but is the same true for regular corn syrup?
Corn syrup: Regular corn syrup is OK if you don't overdo it. ...Read more