High Fructose Corn Syrup By Maura Milner,RN,MEd
HFCS • What is HFCS? High Fructose Corn Syrup is a commercially produced high fructose corn syrup. It is a liquid sweetener extracted from corn and is chemically altered to yield a different balance of monosaccharide ( simple sugar) than that found in ordinary corn syrup.
SUGAR • Sugar is regular table sugar or sucrose. Sucrose is a disaccharide • That is a compound sugar composed of two monosaccharide. Usually extracted from sugar cane and sugar beets.
HFCS • (High Fructose Corn Syrup)(HFCS) was developed in Japan in the 1970’s. It’s consumption has been increasing ever since. The use of HFCS has increased in equal proportion to the decreasing use of sugar. This is seen most dramatically in the US food market.(1000% between 1970-1990)
HFCS Fructose does not trip our sense of satiety as sugar would, we are perhaps eating more sugars to compensate. Thus dietary fructose is contributing to American obesity issues.
“While some health experts are still debating the nutritional value of high fructose corn syrup there’s plenty of evidence to the contrary, starting with the obesity epidemic largely fueled by sugar sweet drinks.” • “So when you hear commercials for processed food products that pretend to be natural like 7-up, remember high fructose corn syrup is anything but organic or natural.”
“The consumption of HFCS, not only exacerbates the obesity epidemic, it also harms the way primary organs like the liver and pancreas function, leading to bone loss, anemia, and heart problems, just to name a few.”
“The body processes the fructose in HFCS differently than it does in cane sugar or beet sugar, and thus alters the way metabolic-regulating hormones function.” • “The end result is that our bodies are tricked into wanting to eat more and at the same time we are storing more fat.”
Why Talk About HFCS? • With the onset of the Federal Government’s concern for the increase in diabetes related to obesity • With requirement for all schools receiving federal funds for lunch programs to develop a Wellness Plan • Concern with one small piece of the puzzle • Encourage all to read food labels carefully
Sources • http://www.sfgate.com • http://www.womentowomen.com • http://cc.msnscache.com • http://seattletimes.nwsource.com • http://www.hfcsfacts.com/index.html