Sugar is an important source of energy and essential part of a nutritional and balanced diet. Sugar is added to food to make it sweet and improve taste. Sugar is vital to give energy to humans and help them stay fit and able to perform daily activities.
High fructose corn syrup is alternative to common table sugar and used in most beverages and desserts. It is a type of artificial sugar made from corn syrup. It helps to enhance texture, keep color and enhance taste of food and beverages.
High fructose corn syrup is an ingredient used for various purposes such as
Flavor: The sweetness of the syrup enriches many fruit flavors in beverages and other dairy products
Texture: Baked dairy products such as cookies and snack bars are made soft using high fructose corn syrup
Stability: The corn syrup help beverage and condiments maintain their quality for long periods.
Consistency: High fructose corn syrup has a low freezing point which makes thawing and mixing easy
Baking: Breads are made of corn syrup economically than table sugar as the elements in corn syrup are brewed more easily.
Beverages, dairy products such as ice cream are liked and eaten by everyone. The main ingredient of these products is high fructose corn syrup which is a sweetener.
But excessive use of this sweetener is not good for health, it can cause diabetes, obesity and lead to other diseases. Most sugary and starchy products are composed half of glucose and half of fructose.
Glucose is easily dissolved and used as energy source but fructose needs to be broken down into fat before it can be used. Small amounts of fructose in sweets, desserts and beverages can be converted to fat by the liver in the body but excess over accumulation of fat can lead to serious health problems.