High Fructose Corn Syrup: The Dark Lord of Nutrition [video]

high fructose corn syrup

Oh, high fructose corn syrup! Why are you in every food? I can understand finding you in sodapop and candy, but check out most commercial breads, crackers, and cereals, and that ubiquitous sweetener has weaseled its way into those ingredients lists, too.

The reason that high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is so common is, frankly, because it’s cheap. And it’s cheap because our government subsidizes farmers who grow corn, whether that corn is for animal feed, ethanol, our dinner plates, or for HFCS.

When you look at the chemical makeup of HFCS, it’s actually not that different from table sugar, but some researchers have concerns about how HFCS is affecting our health. Its widespread use is definitely contributing to the sweetening of our diets and to our obesity problem.

Needless to say, HFCS is controversial stuff, and the folks at Ecogeek shared an interesting video on the controversy surrounding high fructose corn syrup and some of the research on America’s favorite sweetener. Check it.

The information in the description that he mentions is a link to a Google document with a list of the sources he used for this episode.

So, what do you guys think? Is high fructose corn syrup evil? Do you avoid it at the grocery store?

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  • Good article, but neglects to mention that most corn grown and subsidized in the United States is biotech corn, also known as GMO. That alone should be a big red flag for avoiding high fructose corn syrup, as well as any other corn products that aren’t certified organic and/or labeled with the NON-GMO logo, and even then, it’s probably risky due to cross pollination/contamination of crops. It surprises me that the cute video didn’t mention this either, as anyone doing thorough scientific research on this subject should be well aware of the corporate controlled food system based solely on profits, not our health. We don’t currently have proper labeling laws. If we are to truly “eat and drink better”, then we need to know what’s in our food. Please advocate for it at: http://www.justlabelit.org

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