High Fructose Corn Syrup – Bad? Good?

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True or False?

1.  High Fructose Corn Syrup contains artificial ingredients?  T or F

2.  High Fructose Corn Syrup has more calories than sugar?  T or F

3.  Sugar is better for me than High Fructose Corn Syrup?  T or F

If you answered “true” to any of those questions, then join me in the “wrong” side of the room.  All the correct answers are “false”.When Global Influence invited me to a webinar about High Fructose Corn Syrup, I eagerly accepted.  I am embarrassed to admit that I hadn’t paid much attention to the media reports about it, but I had a general impression that it was something to be avoided.  I wanted to learn more, and wow, I did.  To be fair, the webinar was conducted by the Corn Refiners Association.  But, they quoted studies of other organizations, like the American Dietetic Association, George Washington University Weight Management Program and the American Medical Association.  In addition, their reasoning made sense to me.  Here are some of the answers to the basic questions that I had, and you may have as well.

Q:  What is High Fructose Corn Syrup?

A:  Sugar comes from many sources, including cane, beets, corn and even bees.  High fructose corn syrup is the sugar that comes from corn.  It contains nothing artificial or synthetic.

Q:  Is High Fructose Corn Syrup processed differently than sugar in our bodies?

A:  According to the American Dietetic Association, “Once absorbed into the bloodstream, the two sweeteners (high fructose corn syrup and sugar) are indistinguishable.”

Q:  Why don’t we eliminate more sugar AND high fructose corn syrup from our foods?

A:  Sugar, regardless of its source, does more than just sweeten our food.  It helps to preserve foods, texturize, act as a bulking agent, and fermentation agent.

I am going to continue to try to encourage Rosie to eat healthy and exercise regularly.  But after learning more about high fructose corn syrup, I don’t care whether the sweetener in our food comes from beets or corn.  If you’d like to learn more, read some of the information at Sweet Surprise. You may just be surprised.  I was.

Disclosure:  The information shared was provided by the Corn Refiners Association.  I have been compensated for writing this blog post.  All opinions are my own.


  1. 1

    This information came from Corn Refiners Association which of course will be wanting to give you facts in favor of corn syrup. I would strongly recommend that you do a comparative search for why not to use corn syrup . Mercola dot com has several good articles on this. Our bodies do not assimilate corn syrup the same way we do sugar and it worth reading about.

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    I agree with the previous comment. The Corn Refiners association of course wants us to believe these things about high fructose corn syrup. The truth is much different. Do some comparing before you buy into what they say. :-)

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    It would have been more credible if the webinar was conducted by a disinterested party. In my opinion, as long as HFCS is in any way linked to hypertension, liver disease and obesity … which it is … then it’s not an option for my family … especially since there are perfectly healthy alternatives.

    Here’s a thought … if HFCS is so good and healthy, why can’t we find it on our grocery shelves, along side sugar, and use it in our baking? Hm!

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