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HFCS vs Sugar Debate

TIP: Check all of your food labels to avoid consuming unnecessary added sugars, especially in the form of HFCS. Ketchup, salad dressings, packaged foods, jams, peanut butter, and even BREAD may contain HFCS or added sugars. 

high-fructose-corn-syrup-is-not-badHigh fructose corn syrup (HFCS) has gotten a bad rap, with valid reasoning. However, many of the claims made, don’t just relate to HFCS, but increased consumption of sugars in general.

HFCS has been blamed for increased obesity and diabetes, especially with the rising rates of obesity and type 2 diabetes in children. Type 2 diabetes actually used to be called adult-onset diabetes, but the number of cases of children being diagnosed began increasing, so the name had to be changed. SO, is HFCS to blame? In my opinion, not completely.

Sugar-sweetened beverages and processed foods loaded with sugars, mostly HFCS, are the main reasons for this increasing trend. HFCS became to blame because it is the most widely used sweetener in sodas, processed foods, and other sweetened beverages. This means that people now consume, on average, 60 pounds of HFCS per  person per year…woah. When this occurred obesity rates tripled and the incidence of diabetes has increased over sevenfold. While HFCS may be a culprit in this, I think we can agree that the amount of sugars we are consuming, not necessarily the form, is the main problem.


Am I saying HFCS is good or comparable to sugar? NO WAY! What I am saying is that even having that much sugar cane sugar is detrimental to our health, but maybe not in the same way, so don’t believe what you see in the advertisements saying that HFCS is the same as sugar!


SO…now down to the nitty gritty and science of the differences between the two. The above advertisement to support HFCS just isn’t true!

“Regular cane sugar (sucrose) is made of two-sugar molecules bound tightly togetherglucose and fructose in equal amounts.The enzymes in your digestive tract must break down the sucrose into glucose and fructose, which are then absorbed into the body.


HFCS  also consists of glucose and fructose, not in a 50-50 ratio, but a 55-45 fructose to glucose ratio in an unbound formSince there is there is no chemical bond between them, no digestion is required so they are more rapidly absorbed into your blood stream. Fructose goes right to the liver and triggers lipogenesis (the production of fats like triglycerides and cholesterol) this is why it is the major cause of liver damage in this country and causes a condition called “fatty liver” which affects 70 million people.

The rapidly absorbed glucose triggers big spikes in insulin–our body’s major fat storage hormone. Both these features of HFCS lead to increased metabolic disturbances that drive increases in appetite, weight gain, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, dementia, and more.”

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POINT BEING: HFCS is directly absorbed into the blood stream, which is bad for your blood sugar levels and your poor liver! Cane sugar needs enzymes to break it down before it is absorbed, so it is not as big of a shock to your blood sugar. This does not mean it doesn’t highly effect your blood sugar in large doses though!

“Dr. Bruce Ames. Research done by his group at the Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute also found that free fructose from HFCS requires more energy to be absorbed by the gut and soaks up two phosphorous molecules from ATP (our body’s energy source).

This depletes the energy fuel source, or ATP, in our gut required to maintain the integrity of our intestinal lining. Little “tight junctions” cement each intestinal cell together preventing food and bacteria from “leaking” across the intestinal membrane and triggering an immune reaction and body wide inflammation.

High doses of free fructose have been proven to literally punch holes in the intestinal lining allowing nasty byproducts of toxic gut bacteria and partially digested food proteins to enter your blood stream and trigger the inflammation that we know is at the root of obesity, diabetes, cancer, heart disease, dementia, and accelerated aging. Naturally occurring fructose in fruit is part of a complex of nutrients and fiber that doesn’t exhibit the same biological effects as the free high fructose doses found in “corn sugar”.”

THE TAKEAWAY: HFCS and cane sugar are not biochemically or physiologically the same. While both may increase blood sugar and cause issues in the body in large amounts, there are far more negative attributes in HFCS than sugar.  imagesNot to mention the fact that HFCS is made out of corn…one of the number 1 crops that is genetically modified, but that’s a whole new topic and issue!

via http://drhyman.com/blog/2011/05/13/5-reasons-high-fructose-corn-syrup-will-kill-you/#close


2 comments on “HFCS vs Sugar Debate

  1. Pingback: What sweetener should you use?! | holisticrendezvous

  2. blairAhorton
    June 25, 2014

    Reblogged this on ccccnaturalchef and commented:

    sugar is sugar, but…..

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