Is High Fructose Corn Syrup “the New Trans Fat"?

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2013-12-23 21:33:11 -0600
Started 2013-12-19 15:32:22 -0600

I have felt that there was a connection between HFC and diabetes for a long time. I realize it's much more complicated than a single element, but how our food has changed has a lot to do with our epidemic of obesity and diabetes. Now it seems there is a concerted effort to at least get the FDA to acknowledge that it may not be safe for consumption. This is a very interesting article.

Here's a peek:
In a press release, the organization, chaired by Jim Turner, called high fructose corn syrup "the most dangerous food in the world," and suggested its consumption could be linked to liver damage and other health concerns including obesity, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes, particularly in children.

The group pointed to previous expert opinion to cement its position against the sweetener.

"Type 2 diabetes was unheard of in children prior to 1980- when high fructose corn syrup began to be incorporated into processed foods," said obesity expert Dr. Robert H. Ludwig.

According to Dr. Michael Goran, director of the Childhood Obesity Research Center, many soft drinks contain excessive levels of high fructose corn syrup and fall under the FDA category of not generally recognized as safe.

20 replies

Copperchef 2013-12-21 15:09:51 -0600 Report

As always Gabby, you are right on point. When the so-called "sugar shortage" occurred, Con-Agra seized the perfect opportunity to inject HFCS's into the market place as a sweetener substitute for sugar. Sugar shortage in the United states triggered by High import tariffs(2-3 X's Higer than the rest of the world), so corn syrup producers could gain a foot hold. AAAAH Politics.
Coca-Cola took on the idea and tried to introduce "New Coke". Everybody hated it. So Coke said they were going back to Original Coke. Guess what, they returned to Original Coke with one exception on their label. Now instead of sugar, the words High Fructose Corn Syrup appeared. Soon, all the other Soda or Pop manufacturers followed suit.
Just to make it a little more confusing, there are three types of HFCS's used in the market, HFCS42, HFCS55, and HFCS90. The numbers represent the percentage of Glucose in each product.
I discovered that if you buy Coca-Cola in a Mexican grocery that is imported from Mexico, you get Original Coke made with sugar, because they do not import HFCS into Mexico..And guess what, I get a sugar spike, but nothing like HFCS and it only lasts 1 hour or so. Not like the all day problem with HFCS's.

I am still using Raw Honey(Local Bee Keeper) and Raw Sugar(Mexican) and although it is being used, I find that with the combination of whole grains and fresh organic veggies. I am in good place. My BS may rise to about 200, but it comes back down to around 118 in about an hour. Since getting off the aspartame, my morning headaches have disappeared. Would have them till my second cup of coffee laced with aspartame.

Glucerna 2013-12-20 17:07:05 -0600 Report

Thanks for starting this discussion Gabby and sharing the article. Becoming more aware of what is in our food, and then deciding what ingredients we want to avoid makes a lot of sense. ~Lynn @Glucerna

GabbyPA 2013-12-20 20:36:35 -0600 Report

You are welcome. That is all it is, just information. I am not telling people to stop consuming these things. Like you said, we can avoid things if we know what is in them. It is all personal choices, just like anything we do.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-12-20 13:42:03 -0600 Report

This could take years before HFCS is removed from foods.

GabbyPA 2013-12-20 13:45:07 -0600 Report

If my food has to have poisons in it to make it taste good, I need new taste buds

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-12-20 14:04:24 -0600 Report

I hate to be the one to tell you this but you have been eating poisons for years so it shouldn't be a shock to you. Let me kow where to find new taste buds cause I want them also. LOL. Look at the hormone shots given to animals to fatten them and make them grow faster. Mothers who give their babies similac and infamil. That is nothing but a chemical mixture posing as milk.

People taking supplements made in other countries that have been found they contain very little of what they are suppose to be.

The air you breath is not pure anymore than water falling from the sky. Have the paper money you carry and you just might find cocaine on it.

With the smog we have in this country, even the vegetables are not free from some kind of chemical. The use of antibacterial hand cleaner and soaps are eventually going to cause people to have diseases they didn't because of these products.

Not everything organic is organic if the grower hasn't been certified. People don't bother to check that. All they see is the word organic.

Look at all the products on the market that boast weight loss made easier. The manufacturers of these products make millions before someone finds out they really don't work or someone dies from them.

These days anyone who doesn't know that HFCS as well as caffine is added to just about everything should not use the word scary of say they didn't know. All you have to do is spend the time to read the label which can be rather long and tedious. Pick a label and read it then look up everything that is on it. Try not to be shocked, scared or amazed.

I do agree that some of the ingerdients found in our foods could be removed.

GabbyPA 2013-12-20 15:26:19 -0600 Report

This is why I do what I can to grow my own stuff. Make my own foods as much as I can. Yes, label reading is very creepy indeed.

tabby9146 2013-12-20 12:05:45 -0600 Report

it is bad. I am afraid I do eat some of it regularly, did a good job of eliminating but I have a lng way to go to completely get rid of this stuff, it is nearly eveywhere!! The FDA is doing some things new though I read recently, trying to get some bad stuff out, but they have a long way to go. some of what we eat in this country is banned in other countries. I=

Caroltoo 2013-12-20 08:23:43 -0600 Report

Good article. Clean, chemical free food is so important to our health. I was just reading an article last night about how the author of the South Beach Diet has now come out with the Gluten Free South Beach Diet book.

One of his main points is that there is much more gluten in our seed crops now because of changes due to hybridization. But the second issue is that, like HFCs, it seems to be present in almost all processed foods.

I'm another who is back to the basics and cook from real food. Keep hearing its more costly, but once you learn how to do it, it really isn't and it tastes so much better.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-12-20 14:11:22 -0600 Report

Carol, I think the problem in this country is people want everything quick, fast and in a hurry. Growing up we didn't eat a lot of processed foods. I still don't. At the farmers market there are young people who don't recognize the most common vegetables and then ask how to cook them.

I worked with a woman who was in her 60's and never made homemade mashed potatoes or gravy, mac and cheese and sphagetti the entire 40 years she was married. It all comes from a box, can or jar.

McDonalds, Burger King, Taco Bell, Applebees, Ruby Tuesdays etc. owners got rich off people who can't or won't take the time to cook at home. Go sit at a Bob Evans, Boston Market, KFC, Popeyes and watch how much food goes out to be taken home for dinner. Pizza places make a killing because grabbing a pizza is quicker and cheaper then making them at home.

I cook from basics and try not to use canned foods as much as possible. I think the food taste better when you control the ingredients.

GabbyPA 2013-12-20 08:26:51 -0600 Report

I was just out to dinner with my family last night at one of my favorite places that I have been avoiding because I have cut grains pretty much out. But now I see they are offering vegetarian and gluten free menu options. I was thrilled.
Home cooking is still the safest, but it was good to see I have some nice options in my favorite place.

Caroltoo 2013-12-21 16:04:24 -0600 Report

Yes, I've had similar experience recently, Gabby. So glad to see options for healthier dining opening up for us.

jigsaw 2013-12-20 05:49:50 -0600 Report

I am amazed at the amount of foods that contain HFC! In my quest to avoid this garbage used in foods, I have experienced an increased awareness concerning junkfoods. Thanks to your link, my awareness and knowledge base has been increased.

haoleboy 2013-12-19 16:21:40 -0600 Report

thanks Gabby … good stuff. I am concerned about the additives in processed / prepared foods. In their quest to make foods yummy (increase bliss) and thereby increasing profits I believe that the food/agri business is poisoning us.

GabbyPA 2013-12-19 17:15:59 -0600 Report

But sadly, we keep on eating what they make. There have been some good strides to mainstream some of the movements to take out HFC in foods. Often it is offered as an alternative. I will be glad when it's taken out 100%. This is also why we need to eat whole unprocessed foods as much as possible. It takes a lot of this out of our diets that way.

haoleboy 2013-12-19 18:39:24 -0600 Report

as much as possible I eat single ingredient raw foods.

GabbyPA 2013-12-20 08:21:44 -0600 Report

That is the best way to go. Condiments such as seasonings or dressings are still my downfall. But I do a lot of my own cooking and try to use fresh foods.