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What Are Corn Syrup Solids On Food Labels
Should I be concerned if my baby formula has corn syrup solids as the first ingredient. Isn't that basically sugar?
Hard to avoid: Baby formulas are basically water, a protein source (bovine, soy), a sweetener (corn syrup is used by many) and various vitamins and minerals. The content is monitored by the fda and must meet their standard for content. I believe breast milk is a better feed for babies, but formulas are a safe and effective substitute.. ...Read more
I know a little bit of sugar is okay every now and then, but is it still better than eating food that contains corn syrup?
I understand a little bit of sugar is okay every now and then, but is still better than eating food that contains corn syrup?
Seem to gain weight easily because of food additives, corn syrup, grease and my metabolism. Am I right?
Partially: Most food adatives don't have a lot of calories. Your metabolism only matters if you burn fewer than you take in. Fats, carbs, proteins all will easily put the pounds on. Eat less than you metabolize and the pounds will s-l-o-w-l-y come off. ...Read more
My ds, 10 mos, is on elecare formula. The ingredients seem to be awful- mostly corn syrup. Is there any other option that provides better nutrition?
I drink sparkling mineral water with "dissolved solids" per label. What does my body do with the dissolved solids in the water?
See below: High-fructose corn syrup is a common sweetener in sodas and fruit-flavored drinks. As use of high-fructose corn syrup has increased, so have levels of obesity and related health problems. It is just like sugar. Some studies say it's even worse. There's really no Good Health affect From corn syrup. ...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
Eating: The bottom line is that if you take in more calories than you expend, your body will save it as fat. Bad food choices coupled with a lack of exercise are probably the causes. Thin people eat healthy food [fruits, vegetables, lean meats and dairy] and they are active. Obese people are, in general, not active and have poor eating habits. ...Read more
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
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
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. Maltodextrin is easily digestible, & absorbed as rapidly as glucose & might be either moderately sweet or almost flavorless. So same it appears same ...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
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