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Is high-fructose corn syrup really worse than sugar?

By Michelle Edelbaum, January 15, 2010 - 1:27pm

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Michelle asks: Do you avoid high fructose corn syrup more than sugar?


I try to avoid all of them--what I dislike about HFCS is its ubiquity, and also that its presence usually signals highly processed "foods" which are processed for intense flavor hits ( mostly excess salt and sugar and fat), and long shelf life, whatever happened to 'fresh' instead of "tastes fresh"? And what about "refined" as a super desirable quality? do we lose the heart and soul of most good grains, fruits and vegetables in our self-defeating hopes for 'elegant dining'?


07/18/2010 - 3:18pm

Wow, I am continually appalled at the lack of knowledge that goes in to Yahoo articles. A sugar is a sugar is a sugar? Have you every heard of glycemic index? Are you aware of the comparison of structure of molecular bonds between synthetic and natural foods? Are at all aware of the differences in how our bodies uptake different sugars? Have you heard of agave, xylitol, etc. (basically, they're miracle sugars)? Reading your article of course makes my questions rhetorical. No, no you don't. And there's no point beginning to explain because apparently this world doesn't care about truth. It's much easier to be lazy and subsequently lazily rationalize what's easy.


07/18/2010 - 4:17pm

When fructose or glucose or galactose (from milk) enter our metabolic system, an enzyme shuffles the sugars without discrimination - in the blink of an eye, it is all the same. If we don't overload ourselves with carbohydrates, all unfolds as nature intended with no harm.


07/18/2010 - 7:28pm

Yes I do because it is chemically altered. If there is a natural food, I will take it over something that is chemically or genetically altered anytime.


07/22/2010 - 4:24pm

I guess some so called experts that scoff at the idea that someone would know more than they, find it completely intolerable that there is a difference between fructose and high fructose, which is a manufactured sweetner, used by the food industry because it is cheap.

There are numerous websites and discussion groups around that point out how dangerous this sweetner is to our being, yet those connected with the food industry, that support its use, just sweep it under the carpet and refuse to acknowledge this dangerous sweetner.

Just look it up, its out there.


07/22/2010 - 6:35pm

I have been overweight my entire life. I have been aware of it since I was 10 years old. Since I was 13, I have tried to lose weight. I am now 63 years old. I did flunk chemistry. I don't totally understand the real sugars, the fake sugars or the sugar of the day sugars. I have tried and failed at Weight Watchers. Many, many times. Only now, by combining the "Meat" of the WW program and ELIMINATING ALL sugar (that includes the WW desserts and any other dessert) have I felt so much better and the craving for all things sweet has disappeared. I am losing weight, but I have done that before. The most important point is, eliminating sugar as much as I can, allows me to really taste the fruits I crave now and the vegetables. I have also tried not to eat white flour breads and rolls. A long, long time ago, I tried Overeaters Anonymous and I remember them talking about eliminating white anything. I thought they were crazy. I think maybe it's the right thing for me. I basically do WW, keeping track of what I eat, thinking about what is best and eliminate the sugars. I feel better and I am hopeful for the first time in a long time. I am thankful not to have any health problems or elevated glucose or high blood pressure to add to my problems. I do not smoke or drink and thankfully, never craved soda. I hope by finally getting to this point, I will avoid type 2 diabetes and other diseases caused by poor nutrition.


07/22/2010 - 8:10pm

Please try to be more responsible and do a little more research when publishing an article such as this one. To say that all sugars are alike is naive and misleading.


07/22/2010 - 11:33pm

We have avoided HFCS for several years now and I think it is a good thing for us. We have slowly lost some weight by watching what is in our food. We do not buy a lot of processed foods anymore, for several reasons. We don't understand why HFCS is in so much stuff, ketchup to canned beans, it is ridiculous. Also; if HFCS is okay in moderation how do you moderate it when it is in so much food items. A hamburger; HFCS is in the bun, ketchup, and pickle relish if you use it. That makes it 50% of your food intake with HFCS, burger, mustard and cheese without.
Lastly, if HFCS is okay then why isn't it manufactured for everyone to use. Here's a 16 ounce jar of HFCS, only $1.59 (it is suppose to be cheap that is why it is used everywhere).


07/23/2010 - 5:29am

I avoid what it is added to just like sugar. If I am going to have juice, that is what I want it to be.There are too many things we eat that have to an added sweetness to it. I believe the more sweet we eat the more we crave it, the more we on and so on. So the craving gets larger and this is what leads to added obesity. Along with all the sedentary things that go on these days. If people didn't think they needed to have more stuff, mom could stay home, feed the kids real food and see that they did something more than snack and play video games. Sorry, heading for the soapbox.


07/26/2010 - 9:23pm

I buy organic sweeteners and avoid HFCS because it is most likely made from genetically modified corn.


07/30/2010 - 9:08am

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