Even More Problematic Than You Thought High-Fructose Corn Syrup

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High fructose
corn syrup (HFCS) accounts for the largest amount of calories in
the average American diet. It can be found in processed foods of
almost every kind – soda, bread, breakfast bars, processed
dairy, crackers, soup, condiments, and others. The U.S. first began
using HFCS heavily in the 1970’s as an inexpensive alternative to
sugar when sugar prices skyrocketed. It quickly became the most
commonly used sweetener and today is found in almost all processed
foods. Americans consume about twelve teaspoons of HFCS
on average per day.

Recently HFCS
has come under scrutiny because of its possible link to health
conditions such as diabetes, obesity, metabolic syndrome, increased
triglycerides, increased LDL cholesterol, and liver disease.
Fructose is hard for the body to metabolize, converts to fat more
than other sugars, and contains no enzymes, vitamins, or minerals.
In fact, fructose
actually uses vital compounds from the body to be metabolized so
it is actually robbing the body of its necessary micronutrients.

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20, 2009

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