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Anonymous asked in HealthDiet & Fitness · 1 decade ago

High-fructose corn syrup is it really that bad?

Why is processed corn any different then processed sugar cane?

I just saw Ad's in Martha Steward that High-fructose corn syrup is not any different then sugar- truth or fiction?

Update:

LOL- I know it's an ad.... but I thought it was illegal to bring FALSE information. Like you can't say smoking is good for you and makes you lose weight.

I lost weight drinking fat free milk and it's good for you- so I believe it!

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    Those ads are funded by corn growers and corn refiners associations, which is something to consider. They obviously WANT people keep buying products that use high fructose corn syrup, especially since the economy is tanking, so they can stay in business.

    Part of the problem with it is the way the body breaks it down, which is different from the way the body breaks down sugar, and that results in difficulty regulating it. It can also lead to a build-up of carbonyls, which can result in diabetes, or diabetes-related physical problems.

    Check out the following:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High_fructose_corn_sy... (scroll down to "health effects")

    http://www.westonaprice.org/motherlinda/cornsyrup....

    http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/high-fructose-cor...

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/artic...

    http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/chron...

    On top of all the other issues covered in the articles above, we haven't been using it in food products for very long, and scientists have been studying its long-term effects on the body for even less time, so the questions are still out there.

    Hope that helps!

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  • 1 decade ago

    The ads are being put out by the National Corn Refiners Association or something like that. Gee, I don't think the ads are biased or anything like that. (Kinda like the ads from the dairy council saying that milk can help one lose weight. Yeah. I don't eat dairy and I'm skinny.) It has been highly processed, highly chemicalized and from my understanding, the body doesn't know how to read it. I avoid it and stick with real, natural sugars. (I think the corn could be put to better use, like making grains for people who are not blessed with an abundance of food.)

    Source(s): I have found this magazine to be excellent in giving good, unbiased information. http://www.experiencelifemag.com/issues/april-2007...
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  • 4 years ago

    The answer to your question could vary depending upon who you ask, as high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) has become quite controversial. From a scientific/medical standpoint, HFCS is no better or worse for you than ANY type of sugar. Despite what some food faddists/conspiracy theorists propose, the truth is your body simply metabolizes HFCS the same way it metabolizes any other sugar. Your body does not care if the sugar you eat is organic, or comes from cane, sugar beets, corn, agave, honey, molasses, or any other type of sugar. Is eating sugar "bad" for you? Yes. But likely just about ANY food is going to be "bad" for you if you eat it in excess. The key is moderation. Unfortunately, our American culture of snack foods, junk food, and processed food has lead to an overabundance of foods that are sweetened. Since our country grows more corn than cane, sugars derived from corn sources are much more plentiful and cheaper to produce. Therefore, the vast majority of products are sweetened with HFCS. My opinion is that this is why this food is being villanized by popular culture. It's so much easier to blame one product than to accept that as a nation we simply EAT TOO MUCH. Better to point a finger at the big, "evil" corporations than to look in the mirror! If you look on the Internet, you can find plenty of pseudoscience and misinformation that blames HFCS for just about every ill of society. The plain truth is much more boring. Sugar is sugar. Don't eat too much. Hope this helps.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Hi!

    That is true, high - fructose corn syrup is not bad for you in moderation. All sugars turn to fat.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    it's true. everything is fine in moderation...that's what the high fructose corn syrup commericals say

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  • 1 decade ago

    truth

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