DOES HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP REALLY MAKE YOU OVERWEIGHT?

High fructose corn syrup or HFCS made it’s debut around the 1970s.

It is created when corn syrup undergoes processing to convert glucose to fructose (fruit sugar).

Types of products that may contain HFCS:

  • Canned foods
  • Cereals
  • Baked goods
  • Flavored and sweetened dairy products
  • Candy
  • Fast food

There have been a few large scale human studies that have not shown a definite increased risk of overweight, obesity or metabolic disorders. However, this does not mean that a person can eat an unlimited amount of HFCS without consequence.

  • HFCS probably does not increase health risk more than sugar or other sweeteners
  • Although the typical American still consumes greater than 10% of daily calories from ADDED sugars.
  • This is about an extra 200 calories per day of empty calories that provide no nutritional value.
  • If you add this up then the typical American consumes about 20 lbs. worth of ADDED sugar a year.
  • A lot of manufacturers add HFCS to foods that would not typically contain sugar to extend it’s shelf life and enhance the flavor.

If you are trying to lose weight, or control your weight, you should aim to eat less HFCS as well as other ADDED sugars like table sugar and other sweeteners like equal, stevia, etc.

To read more about HFCS check out this article: Does High Fructose Corn Syrup Make You Fat?

So what you think, what is your opinion on HFCS?

Photo by Gianna Ciaramello on Unsplash


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