High Fructose Corn Syrup

This stuff gets a lot of bad press and it is true that like all sugars it has plenty of downsides. Read Dr Mirkin’s expert opininion and better yet the Doc is a bike rider.


Dear Dr. Mirkin: Should I avoid high fructose corn syrup? 

Sixty percent of North Americans believe that high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is more unhealthful than other sugars even though the number of calories, the amount of fructose and the sweetness is virtually the same as table sugar.  They think incorrectly that HFCS-sweetened drinks cause obesity more than drinks sweetened with table sugar or fruit sugars.

Table sugar is made from sugar cane or sugar beets, while HFCS is made from corn starch.  HFCS is cheaper than beet or cane sugar, so it is a major source for calories for Americans today.
ALL sugared drinks (including fruit juice) increase risk for diabetes, metabolic syndrome (prediabetes) and heart attacks (American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, August 13, 2010).  This study shows that the more sugared drinks you take, the larger your waist circumference, and the higher your bad LDL cholesterol, triglycerides, and blood pressure.  The only safe time to take sugared drinks is during or immediately after exercise. HFCS is not more harmful than any other sugared drink.

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