Food Additive: High Fructose Corn Syrup

Posted: August 1, 2011 in Additives
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Name: High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS)

Meaning of name: Fructose is basically sugar that comes from fruit and certain veggies and foods, including honey. High Fructose means an increased amount of this fruit sugar. But according to this website http://sweetscam.com/how-its-made/ High Fructose does not mean it is high in fructose but just nearly equal amounts of glucose (another kind or form of sugar) and fructose. There are different kinds of HFCS that have different percentages of glucose and fructose. The most common one is HFCS-42, which has 42% fructose and 58% glucose. Corn syrup implies a thick liquid made from corn, right? This all sounds natural enough.

A little bit of history: High Fructose Corn Syrup was first introduced in the marketplace during the 1960s and 70s as a sugar substitute. In the 1980s, about 530 bushels of annual corn harvest [is turned] into 17.5 billion pounds of high-fructose corn syrup every year! (Information source: What is High Fructose Corn Syrup? HFCS Explained: HFCS the Corn-based Sugar-Substitute, History and Health Risks | Suite101.com http://www.suite101.com/content/what-is-high-fructose-corn-syrup-hfcs-explained-a142856#ixzz1TmZoPqLz) HFCS continues to be made and used in very large amounts today.

Foods: The most commonly known food product with HFCS is Coca-Cola. Coca-Cola has been using HFCS since the 1980’s. Since this “made from nature” sugar substitute has been introduced almost the whole food industry jumped onto to HFCS bandwagon.

High Fructose Corn Syrup can be found in cereals, peanut butter, roasted peanuts, most soft drinks, ketchup, baroque sauce, some salad dressings, some breads, most desserts, like ice creams, whip creams, jellies, breakfast and dessert syrups, and some fast foods. Find more lists here: http://www.accidentalhedonist.com/index.php/2005/06/09/foods_and_products_containing_high_fruct and http://www.foodfacts.info/high-fructose-corn-syrup.shtml.

Why is High Fructose used?

The main purpose is to be a sugar substitute and for the sweetness. I am guessing that one reason it is substituting sugar is for diabetics, but I cannot find any proof for that. HFCS is said to taste the same or less sweet then normal white table sugar. If HFCS is used for sweetness, why not just use table sugar, which is said to taste the same? If it is used for diabetics, I am sure there are more natural items and more effective items. Again, I have not found any information saying that HFCS is a diabetic sugar substitute. But it can’t be for diabetics because sugar from fruit raises blood sugar levels very quickly; I would guess faster then table sugar. According to the HFCS website HFCS is really cheap in price. So I guess High Fructose Corn Syrup is really used for money reasons.

High Fructose Corn Syrup is made from corn, but the question is: Is the corn Genetically Modified Corn or all natural corn? I have found information out of the horse’s mouth so to speak. Directly from the HFCS website:

Is High Fructose Corn Syrup Genetically Modified?

Those concerned with the consumption of GM foods have expressed concern with regards to HFCS, as GM corn is often the source of this product. Whilst it is true that HFCS is produced from genetically modified corn, corn starch extracted from the corn undergoes so much processing, and the products of the processes are so removed from corn that there is no detectable corn DNA present in HFCS. This means that HFCS itself contains no genetically modified material.”

So basically, even though the corn is GM corn, we should not worry cause there is so much processing involved on the corn that the effects of the GM corn stop effecting cause the DNA from the corn is not in the HFCS… What? But your still taking the fructose from that corn; doesn’t the GM corn it is grown in affect the fructose in some way, shape, or form? I encourage you to read the HFCS website in full here: http://www.thehfcs.com/ and post your comments on this blog.

How is it made? Read the full details in these links:

http://thewholewheat.com/triticum/hfcs/about-hfcs/

http://www.answeranimal.com/How_is_hfcs_made-qna383.html

http://www.sweetsurprise.com/myths-and-facts/faqs-high-fructose-corn-syrup/wet-milling

Who makes HFCS? There are manufacturers through the USA and Japan and HFCS is sold worldwide.

Is High Fructose Corn Syrup really bad as people claim or is it a harmless food additive?

Besides the obvious fact that to much sugar, from any source, is not a good thing there are major health risks that must be looked into.

The rest of this article is using the information from the following links: http://www.ehow.com/facts_5521856_health-high-fructose-corn-syrup.html

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/01/26/AR2009012601831.html

http://www.buzzle.com/articles/high-fructose-corn-syrup-health-risks.html

http://www.consumerfreedom.com/news_detail.cfm/h/3817-hfcs-mercury-follies-or-dont-drink-the-water

http://www.highfructosecornsyrup.org/2009/08/is-high-fructose-corn-syrup-addiction.html

The health risks of High Fructose Corn Syrup include the following: Possible strong link to obesity through addictive tastes and or chemicals (similarly to nicotine and cigarettes), possible link to higher rates of Type 2 diabetes and or gastrointestinal problems, very strong possibility that some forms of HFCS have certain amounts of mercury in them (I will look into this more for a later article), to name the worst. According to the Buzzle article “the findings of such researches or studies can be considered as conflicting in nature.” Whether or not this is true HFCS needs some strong looking-into related with health risks. Hard proof must be found pro or against before a choice is made on what to do.

We as humans should at least know what is being put into our food and drink. We need to be educated in all the health benefits or risks. Food additives should be completely organically God-made items. God said, “Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.” (Genesis 1:29) Let us use them properly as they were made.

Praise be to the Great Physician for all Eternity!

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