The Consumption Conundrum – Cutting through the Controversy Surrounding High-Fructose Corn Syrup

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Back in the late 70’s, high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) became the mainstay for the food industry as a cheap sweetener for processed products. Not significantly, this occurred right around the same time that waistlines worldwide began to grow.

It is nearly impossible to avoid HFCS if you eat processed foods since the two often go hand in hand. One would have to be vigilant to completely eliminate it. However, awareness is the key to modifying and eliminating excess consumption of HFCS foods.

As a food additive, HFCS can be found in a variety of foods and beverages including fruit juice, soda, cereal, bread, yogurt, ketchup and mayonnaise. Even though a direct correlation has yet to be discovered, HFCS has been implicated in the increase of obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, in addition to reputedly containing traces of mercury.

On the other hand, other research tends to maintain that HFCS is not significantly more detrimental to health than common sugar. The “truth” is, the evidence is not conclusive in regards to the correlation between HFCS and health conditions like obesity and diabetes.

The debate will continue. Until then, limit your consumption of processed foods containing HFCS. Read your labels and be vigilant!

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