The Truth About High-Fructose Corn Syrup

It seems like lately, high-fructose corn syrup has been under very close scrutiny.  Many claim that HFCS is the sole cause of obesity, and some health care professionals even say that it is worse for people than pure sugar.  Recent studies, however, indicate that these expert opinions may just be opinions.

High fructose corn syrup is likely no worse for people than some table sugar.

High fructose corn syrup is likely no worse for people than some table sugar.

While no sugar is healthy for people that choose to consume vast amounts of it, many researchers and health care professionals now feel that high fructose corn syrup is actually safe when consumed in moderation.  It is actually similar to table sugar, and has a rough makeup of half fructose and half glucose.  This means that high fructose corn syrup has the same number of calories, sweetness and impact on the body as table sugar.

As with any type of sweetener, high fructose corn syrup can make anyone that eats too much of it fat.  Experts agree that the real cause of obesity in the United States is the vast amounts of food of all kinds that people tend to consume.  In fact, the average American now consumes about 425 more calories each day than they did in 1970.

That is an alarming number of calories when we consider the fact that people tend to be so much less active than they were before the time of remote controls, computers and video games.  According to most health care professionals, the problem isn’t high fructose corn syrup that causes obesity, it is the fact that too many people simply eat too much, and do too little throughout their daily lives.

Many dieticians recommend a diet that is well balanced in lean proteins, fruits, vegetables, nuts and low fat dairy products.  It’s best to reduce the amounts of any kind of sweeteners, as they tend to contain unnecessary calories and can cause the sugar levels in the body to “crash,” which causes a dip in energy.

Counting calories, in conjunction with a constant exercise routine are the best option when it comes to fighting and beating obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes and the number of additional health problems that often come with being obese.  High fructose corn syrup occasionally will not likely cause any more health or weight problems than a little bit of table sugar.

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Written by Heidi Shepard

Heidi was born and raised in Vero Beach, Florida. At a very young age she discovered her passion for writing, and graduated in 1996 from Florida State University with a major in journalism and minor in Nursing. She is a licensed RN part-time and also works full-time writing for various local health journals and papers. She is a definite asset to Newhealthalert. Not only does her experience and passion show through her keen writing, but her expertise in the medical field enables her to capture the best news topics and subjects found in the health niche.

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