Corn Syrup

Is sugar healthier than high fructose corn syrup?

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2010-06-12 19:08:17

It depends what you mean when you say "sugar". Most lay people

would mean common white table sugar, or sucrose. If this is the

case you are referring to a compound that is a 1:1 ratio of a

glucose, fructose combination. High Fructose Corn Syrup comes in

two common varieties, either 55% fructose 45% glucose or 42%

fructose and 58% glucose. Either way, you are looking at

percentages that are very similar to table sugar and treated by the

body in almost the same pathways for processing. Glucose is not the

issue, however elevated levels of fructose have recently been

linked to higher levels of obesity and diabetes, as the body

metabolizes it more like fat. This issue is created from both

sources. The natural fructose in fruit is counterbalanced by fiber

but this is generally not present in foods with high fructose corn

syrup. For this reason the blood sugar level goes much higher,

especially if drinking high fructose corn syrup. This can lead to

obesity, diabetes and poor digestion.

In summary, they are both equally poison to the system in large

quantities such as is normal to the American diet and will over

prolonged periods of time lead to deleterious health effects.

"Editorial Note: High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) plays a leading

role in the epidemic of obesity, high cholesterol, high blood

pressure, heart disease, cancer and type-2 diabetes sweeping across

the post industrial world. Read how eating fructose sweetened foods

rapidly produces a chain reaction of events in the body to result

in out-of-control lipids, blood sugar and metabolic diseases like

diabetes, atherosclerosis and similar conditions. Together with

eating foods that are high in long-chain omega-6 vegetable oils,

trans fats from processed foods, and saturated fats from

farm-raised grain fed red meats and dairy, eating HFCS high

fructose corn syrups is one of the major factors killing most

people who die from obesity, diabetes, heart disease and cancer, or

a host of other diseases that have been proven to be associated

with inflammation and insulin resistance. This excellent study from

scientists working in Canada details the high fructose problem

facing anyone eating today's common high sugar, low fiber, low

antioxidant, high fat diet."

Authors: Heather Basciano, Lisa Federico and Khosrow Adeli of

the Clinical Biochemistry Division, Department of Laboratory

Medicine and Pathobiology, Hospital for Sick Children, University

of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Published in the journal:

"Nutrition & Metabolism", February 21, 2005.

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