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Doctor insights on: Regular Corn Syrup Vs High Fructose

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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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Is high fructose corn syrup unhealthy?

Is high fructose corn syrup unhealthy?

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

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Is high fructose corn syrup worse for kids than sugar?

Is high fructose corn syrup worse for kids than sugar?

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

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Why is high fructose corn syrup unhealthy?

Why is high fructose corn syrup unhealthy?

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

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Is high fructose corn syrup bad for me?

Yes: With no redeeming qualities. Try your best to avoid it. ...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

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Are fruit juices with high fructose corn syrup unhealthy for my child?

Are fruit juices with high fructose corn syrup unhealthy for my child?

Absolutely!: Milk and water are the only fluids kids need to drink. Juice, soda, sugared drinks of any type only introduce empty calories. "no sugar added" fruit juice is a food industry trick because all juices have their own sugars. 8 oz of orange juice has the equivalent of nearly 8 tsp of sugar! a 12 oz soda has nearly 10 tsp of sugar. High fructose corn syrup is particularly unhealthy. ...Read more

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Should I buy coke with sugar or high fructose corn syrup?

Should I buy coke with sugar or high fructose corn syrup?

Not too much: Coke and other soft drinks tend to promote obesity. A ice cold coke every now and then is not a big problem, but regular soft drink consumption is not a conducive to good weight control. ...Read more

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What's the health difference between cane sugar and high fructose corn syrup?

What's the health difference between cane sugar and high fructose corn syrup?

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

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What jam or jelly doesn't contain high fructose corn syrup?

Few: Tough to find...Have to search. Look in organic or health food section. ...Read more

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How harmful is high fructose corn syrup for your health?

How harmful is high fructose corn syrup for your health?

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

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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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Is it better to avoid high fructose corn syrup or limit sodium, calories, and carbs during pregnancy ?

Is it better to avoid high fructose corn syrup or limit sodium, calories, and carbs during pregnancy ?

Neither: There is no evidence that any of those dietary restrictions are helpful during pregnancy. Avoiding excessive weight gain is great, but your goal for weight gain depends on your starting weight. If you are already obese (BMI > 30), then you should gain very little weight during the pregnancy, and eating a low calorie, low carb diet can help. You should NOT try to lose weight, though! ...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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Can foods that contain high froutose corn syrup cause weight gain?

Can foods that contain high froutose corn syrup cause weight gain?

Definately: High fructuse corn syrup is partly responsible for the obesity epidemic in this country. ...Read more

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Which is worse corn syrup or maltodextrin?

Which is worse corn syrup or maltodextrin?

Corn syrup?: Please define what you mean by worse. Then I can better answer this. Maltodextrin is a polysaccharide that is used as a food additive. It is produced from starch by partial hydrolysis and is usually found as a white hygroscopic spray-dried powder.[1] Maltodextrin is easily digestible, & absorbed as rapidly as glucose & might be either moderately sweet or almost flavorless. So same it appears same ...Read more

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What's the difference inside your body between cane sugar and high fructose corn syrup?

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

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Is it true that high fructose corn syrup linked to diabetes in the same way that regular sugar is?

Yes: High fructose corn syrup is sugar with the same effects and calories of sucrose (table sugar) it is included in many processed foods. ...Read more

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Is high fructose corn syrup unhealthy?

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

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Is high fructose corn syrup bad for me?

Yes: With no redeeming qualities. Try your best to avoid it. ...Read more

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Why is high fructose corn syrup unhealthy?

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

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How harmful is high fructose corn syrup for your health?

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

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What jam or jelly doesn't contain high fructose corn syrup?

Few: Tough to find...Have to search. Look in organic or health food section. ...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 there a high fructose corn syrup-free diet that I can get on?

Is there a high fructose corn syrup-free diet that I can get on?

Lots: Corn syrup is common in processed foods, but not in all, in general eating lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, avoiding heavily sweetened processed foods will help avoid fructose/corn syrup. ...Read more

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Is there a high fructose corn syrup -free diet that I can get on?

Is there a high fructose corn syrup -free diet that I can get on?

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

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Is there any way to eat no high fructose corn syrup in modern us?

Is there any way to eat no high fructose corn syrup in modern us?

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

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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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I'm wondering what effect does high fructose corn syrup have on the body and why is it bad for you?

Fat storage: Corn syrup is higher in fructose. Fructose tends to be converted in the body more rapidly into fat than glucose which is higher in plain sugar. Both types should be monitored by you as part of a balanced diet to limit calories if that is your goal. ...Read more

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What are the negative effects of high fructose corn syrup?

Too little space : Myriads.....I think the question might be better asked is there anything positive about it? Apparently, obesity in america seems to have become an epidemic once they started adding high fructose corn syrup to all these food that originaly had sugar (cane.). ...Read more