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A Makeover For High-Fructose Corn Syrup

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A makeover for  high-fructose corn syrup  is due because of late it has gained notoriety for being associated with everything bad like diabetes, obesity, etc.  In one sense you can say that high fructose corn syrup is omnipresent because you can find them in almost everything. It may laugh at you from the soda bottle that you are sipping,  or from the pickles you are licking, or from the ketchups that you are enjoying.  The controversies surrounding high fructose corn syrup has forced Corn Refiners Association (CRA) to change its name to healthier “corn sugar”.


Make-over of High Fructose Corn Syrup Necessary?

Although some say that the corn syrup has fallen victim to its own success because all of a sudden they gained prominence in 1970’s. They were promoted and projected as the healthy and cheap successor to cane sugar.  Of late they have been largely used in preparation of all sorts of food products such as sodas, pops and breads. Everything was fine until the rate of health scares like diabetes and obesity started soaring at alarming levels.  Slowly diet conscious consumers started doing away with corn syrup, and owing to public demand, some of the big brands like Gatorade, Hunts Ketchup and Snapple, removed the corn syrup from their labels and products too.

CRA retorts back saying there is not an iota of truth in the allegations leveled across high fructose corn syrup because they are like any other sugar. Even some nutrition experts have expressed their views that be it  any kind of sugar: brown sugar, white sugar, honey, maple syrup, sucrose, and high-fructose corn syrup, all are made up of glucose and fructose.  The high fructose corn syrup is made up of 45% glucose, and 55% fructose.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture released figures of average American consumption of high fructose syrup and pointed out that at an average an American consumes around 35.7 pounds of corn syrup every year. The AP adds that for the first time in two decades American consumption of corn syrup has hit all time low because of  consumer concerns that high fructose corn syrup stand higher chances of inducing dangerous healthscares than the ordinary cane sugar. Although there is no scientific evidence to support this fact. Even AMA says that there is not  much evidence to prove that high fructose corn syrup leads to poor health or its regular usage can make you obese or diabetic.  


The Debate Continues

Some endocrinologists and nutritionists argue that high fructose corn syrup generally trick out body to eat more. When the glucose (present in corn syrup) enters into bloodstream, they promote production of insulin and leptin, which tricks the brain to believe that stomach, is full. But the fructose present in the corn syrup inhibits the production of leptin. And the studies suggest that fructose is quickly processed into fats than glucose.

There are many nutritionists who argue that the real problem lies with sugars. And the big thing is to drive them out of our diet.  When compared with sugarcane sugar, the high fructose corn syrup is cheaper than sugar cane and has longer shelf life  than cane sugar, that’s why it has became a popular sugar substitute and found its way to many packaged food products. Nutritionists suggest that avoiding sugars in all forms is the best way of staying healthy. 



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A Makeover For High-Fructose Corn Syrup