regular corn syrup is not worse for you than regular sugar. However, high fructose corn syrup is very bad for you, and it is ofund in nearly all junk food and sweet drinks that we drink. High fructose corn syrup has been known to lead to many conditions such as diabetes.
High fructose corn syrup is the sweetener generally used as a sugar replacement because it is comparable in sweetness and also acts as a preserving agent. It has been associated with obesity but there are mixed results about that, since the sweetener is in foods and drinks that are often high-calorie and so the obesity might be linked to large consumption of these foods as opposed to the high fructose corn syrup.
Sugar is sucrose, and high fructose corn syrup is mostly-you guessed it-fructose. Some studies have shown increased obesity rates in mice when on a high-fructose as opposed to high-sucrose diet. Furthermore, fructose consumption can lead to insulin resistance in the body, possibly leading to higher rates of diabetes.
Finally, a study done in the fall of 2008 found that 1 out of 3 products containing high fructose corn syrup also had mercury. It is believed that the chemical used to separate corn starch from the corn kernel is the culprit.
There are no “official” findings about how bad hfcs is for you versus sugar, but there has been much less time to see long-term effects of it than for sugar. Considering the links to obesity, it is probably better to avoid foods with the sweetener mostly because they are not healthy for you anyway. Both sugar and hfcs have calories and should be consumed in moderation. It is up to the individual which studies to believe and how much to limit hfcs intake.
Like anything, eating it in excess will be harmful to your health. Corn syrup isn’t any worse than regular sugar except for the fact that it has been added to so many prepared foods over the years. Because it lasts longer on the shelves than regular sugar, it is used in just about everything from cereals and chips to peanut butter and jams. Simply monitor the amount that goes into your food by checking the ingredient label before you buy it, and you should be just fine.
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