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Is High Fructose Corn Syrup Harmful?

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Is high fructose corn syrup healthy to eat -- or should you look out? Expert answers about this common ingredient.
Question: "I keep seeing high fructose corn syrup as an ingredient in the foods I buy. Should I stay away from it?"

That would be difficult. High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is a very common sweetener, composed of about 55 percent fructose and 45 percent glucose -- in other words, just another form of sugar, explains Elisa Zied, RD, author of So What Can I Eat?! (Wiley, 2006). It isn't necessarily harmful; the main problem with HFCS is that it's often found in high-calorie foods that are otherwise devoid of nutrients.

"Some research shows a connection between HFCS-laced beverages and weight gain, but there's still no solid proof," says Milton Stokes, RD, chief dietitian at St. Barnabas Hospital and Nursing Home in New York City and a spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association. Consider the overall healthfulness of foods -- their fat, calorie, fiber, and vitamin content -- rather than obsessing about a single ingredient.

Originally published in Fitness magazine, April 2006.


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laura0308 wrote:

Plus don't think for a minute that the food industry doesn't realize that HFCS blocks Leptin, it's good for business

8/7/2013 06:29:21 AM Report Abuse
laura0308 wrote:

I looked at the date on this article and realized that it was originally from 2006. HFCS has taken over, it's in EVERYTHING! I would hope more and more people start to realize how harmful this stuff is and stop buying products with it in it. Children are especially paying the price for this garbage!

8/7/2013 06:25:12 AM Report Abuse
john9656 wrote:

Pretty Simple - Leptin is a hormone that lets you know you're full - High Fructose Corn Syrup blocks this hormone and keeps you from feeling full - so you eat more. This is why it is bad for you.

7/25/2013 12:01:11 PM Report Abuse
semoore51 wrote:

There actually is proof that HFCS leads to weight gain. Check out this article from Princeton U.

3/25/2010 09:43:50 PM Report Abuse
jennifer_vanevera wrote:

So to all of you that have writen in. Do you even know what HFCS is? Maybe you should really read about it and how it is extracted from corn before you start or should i say continue to scare people.

3/25/2010 02:10:48 PM Report Abuse

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