As more and more people are concerned about eating healthy, and these days it is very easy to acquire information, many foods or ingredients have been blacklisted among consumers who are more aware and concerned about the dangers of obesity.. And whether it's unsubstantiated rumors or claims based on scientific research, after a product's qualities are questioned, we think twice about consuming it.
One of these "victims" is the syrup or corn syrup of high fructose (high fructose corn syrup). Although many mistake it for simple corn syrup (corn syrup, less controversial and more harmless), high-fructose corn syrup is a different chemical, the result of an artificial process to convert some of its glucose to fructose. which allows to increase the sweetness to replace the functions of the common sugar.
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On the one hand, it is claimed that the increase in consumption of high fructose corn syrup is directly associated with the obesity epidemic and there is speculation about the unpredictable effects that it could cause in the long term. One study even concluded that many of the high-fructose corn syrup samples contained mercury. On the other hand, the Corn Refiners Association insists that corn syrup is practically no different from ordinary sugar, and it has even tried to improve its bad image by changing the name to "corn sugar".
In any case, the truth is that the production of high fructose corn syrup in the United States is much cheaper than that of sugar, and therefore, unlike other countries where there are also more regulations in this regard, there are more and more Foods in this country that contain corn syrup: from sodas to cereals, ketchup, and granola bars.
However, it could be very easy to find a positive side to the alarm signal. Since the American Heart Association recommends that women should consume no more than 100 calories a day from sugar of any kind, refraining from consuming any product that contains corn syrup may be favorable for you. Although it is becoming a trend to appeal to a consumer sector, it is still rare to find products bearing the “No High Fructose Corn Syrup” sign in supermarkets. So just by proposing that everything sweet you bring to your mouth is sweetened with sugar (much better if it is cane sugar), I guarantee that you will reduce the consumption of calories from that source.