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Is high-fructose corn syrup making you fat?

By Nicci Micco, June 3, 2009 - 11:36am

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Nicci asks: What do you think about high-fructose corn syrup?


I am diabetic and try very hard to stay away from any food with high fructose corn syrup it wait is back for my health, but it is almost impossible . I wish they would ban it in all foods so I could have whether chose of food to eat . Please ban it in at least some breakfast and lunch items as I only can eat two meals a day to keep my weight and blood sugar in check.


06/22/2015 - 7:59pm

They can say what they want but I know when I consume it it gives me great stomach discomfort as far as burning and bloating.


04/03/2015 - 4:22am

HFCS is POISON!!......much worse than regular cane sugar.


07/22/2014 - 10:51am

I have m.e and freinds have suggested that im killing myself because i drink a large amount of fizzy drinks diet fizzy drinks is this true


08/31/2013 - 1:56pm

the AMA will say that, because they are a part of the "big plan" that the refiners and food processing companies are in, to keep us all sick.


09/01/2012 - 9:23pm

I cut hfcs from my diet 5 years ago. It's not due to a getting fat problem, it's due to a rotting teeth problem. I used to have constant cavities, and lost several teeth. I can really tell a difference in my mouth when I've had something with hfcs in it. The sugar just coats my mouth. Sugar doesn't do that.
I've gone years now without a cavity.
It's like it concentrated sugar, and thus very scary stuff.
I hope it can be proven.
Thanks for asking.


12/08/2011 - 1:06pm

Studies have shown that our caloric intake during the years that sugar dominated the sweetener industry was 400 calories per day, but after the conversion to HFCS the highest caloric intake was only 235 calories; however, that is not the issue. The problem is that HFCS is not recognized by the body in the same way that sucrose is and the enzyme Leptin is not triggered by HFCS, thus it doesn't reduce hunger pangs. Furthermore, HFCS is absorbed by the liver through lipogenesis promoted by HFCS, while sugar is absorbed through the body's insulin ports. So the Corn Refiners' claims that all sugars are alike, or digested in the same way in the body is blatantly untrue. Furthermore, HFCS disturbs the normal creation of the mucus flow in the intestines, disturbs the peristalsis and allows a greater degree of bacteria in the intestines, leading to greater production of hydrogen and the diminished production of tryptophan, folic acid and zinc. HFCS is contined in 95% of processed foods, ranging from anything normally containing sweetners, to most breads, rice vinegars and other ingredients used to make tasty dishes. HFCS is overused in this country and IS a leading contributor to our obesity epidemic. The $40 billion US corn subsidy and the highly restrictive sugar tariffs load the deck for HFCS beyond comprehension and are the primary reasons why no other country in the world uses this product more than sugar.


11/28/2011 - 3:02pm

Robert H. Lustig, MD, UCSF Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology seems to disagree with this article, and backs it up in this 1.5 hour lecture.


10/09/2010 - 10:04pm

My neighbor/mommy pal is in medical school and told me 2 weeks ago that they had just finished learning about HFCS. She says that the major difference between HFCS and table sugar is that HFSC bypasses your brain sensors that tell your body that you are getting full. That is why you can drink can after can of soda and not feel full. This info is coming to me second hand, of course, but I believe it and will not consume HFCS until I know more information.


09/11/2010 - 12:14pm

A Princeton study just found that HFCS does contribute to more gain weight than sugar. They fed mice the same amounts of water flavored with plain old table sugar (sucrose) or with HFCS flavored water. Mice who ate the HFCS solution gained more weight than the group eating sugar flavored water. They think the reason for this is that HFCS has free floating fructose molecules (why its called high fructose) whereas in sucrose each fructose molecule is bound the glucose. It is easier to absorb fat in HFCS because the body can easily absorb extra free floating fructose molecules. In the case of sugar, the body must break down fructose- glucose bonds to absorb them.


06/22/2010 - 1:55am

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