5 Things You Need To Know About High-Fructose Corn Syrup

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Cause you need to know…

  What is high-fructose corn syrup? 

High-fructose corn syrup is a mixture of fructose and glucose (both types of sugar) that is considerably sweeter than regular table sugar. As is suggested by the name, HFCS usually contains more fructose than glucose, and can overwhelm the body’s ability to process it.

  Where can I find high-fructose corn syrup?

You can find HFCS in everything from soda to candy bars to cereals — even bread! High-fructose corn syrup has become very pervasive in the American diet because it is sweeter and cheaper than sugar.

  How bad is it for you?

Research has been mixed about just how bad high-fructose corn syrup is for you. Like overconsumption of any other sugar or sugar alternative, HFCS can lead to obesity and other health problems such as high triglyceride levels, which can increase your risk of heart attack. But so far there isn’t enough research to prove that HFCS is any less healthy than other sugars.

  What is a healthier alternative to high-fructose corn syrup?

Instead of turning to another artificial sweetener like aspartame, which has raised more than its fair share of controversy over the years, one of the healthiest alternative to HFCS and sugar in general is honey. Honey is high in antioxidants, and dark colored honey in particular is thought to contain the most antioxidants.

  How can I avoid high-fructose corn syrup?

Read your labels. Cut out fast food, soft drinks and sports drinks. Buy 100% organic foods as these are heavily regulated and may not contain processed ingredients (which HFCS is).

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