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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Nutrition is the synergistic combination of nutrients found in food and water that allows the human body to perform all essential ...Read more


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Should I be concerned if my baby formula has corn syrup solids as the first ingredient. Isn't that basically sugar?

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

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I understand a little bit of sugar is okay every now and then, but is 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?

Simple sugars: Simple sugars are simple sugars. It doesn't matter if they originate in table sugar (sucrose), or in other simple sugars contained in things like corn syrup. So while both are ok in small amounts, one is not better or worse than the other. ...Read more

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Seem to gain weight easily because of food additives, corn syrup, grease and my metabolism. Am I right?

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

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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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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?

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?

Sure but why elecare: Elecare is often used in babies with food allergies. It is very helpful...Was this your choice or your drs. Recommendation? The choice of formula has many factors to consider. Can't really suggest without knowing more info. ...Read more

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What are the health effects of corn syrup?

What are the health effects of corn syrup?

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

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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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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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What are the negative effects of high fructose corn syrup?

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

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What's the difference between liquid glucose and corn syrup?

What's the difference between liquid glucose and corn syrup?

Chemistry: Sucrose is the most common carbohydrate in corn syrup. Sucrose can be converted to glucose in the body during digestion. ...Read more

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Corn syrup, how is it used (is it a cheaper replacement of sugar)?

Corn syrup, how is it used (is it a cheaper replacement of sugar)?

It is cheaper: That is why it is used. Also a major culprit for obesity in n. America. ...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'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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How much high fructose corn syrup is in sliced bread? Very small, and trivial, or as much 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

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Is regular corn as bad for you as corn syrup in term of linoleic acid which is massive in corn syrup?

THer is no: Medical benefit in ingesting corn syrup or linoleic acid. Corn is a vegetable which has nutrition but must be incorporated into the entirety of your dietary intake. It is neither bad nor good, just food. Eat it if you like it, otherwise don't. ...Read more

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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

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What are the reasons for obesity in us? Gmo grains? Corn syrup?

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

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Is corn syrup cancerous?

Is corn syrup cancerous?

Corn syrup/cancer: The major use of corn syrup is in foods as a thickener, sweetener and humectant ingredient for foods to retain its freshness. Not classified as carcinogenic. ...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 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?

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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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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Is real sugar better for you than pure corn syrup?

Is real sugar better for you than pure corn syrup?

A little bit: 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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Is it better to use sugar or corn syrup when cooking?

Is it better to use sugar or corn syrup when cooking?

No difference.: Your body processes sugar the same ways, regardless of the form in which it is consumed. So sugar, corn syrup, agave nectar, maple syrup, honey: all are just simple carbs. ...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