There is no worse product than high-fructose corn syrup - it beats chips, chickens from KFC and panga fish.
High-fructose corn syrup is a very cheap sugar substitute, which is used on a large scale due to its good solubility in water. It began to be used in 1957, when a chemical method of obtaining it from corn was developed. This product contains about 90% fructose - slightly more than in honey. The main product you can find high-fructose corn syrup in is carbonated drinks (to be honest, I'd rather go for a drink with aspartame), and many people take it excessively. Other sources of this syrup are:
- Peanut butter
- Ready-made sauces
- Cured meat
- Shop salads
- Cakes, ginger breads
- Coffee syrups (they contain almost 100% of this ingredient)
The most important negative symptoms that come with consuming excess fructose include:
- Myocardial infarction - may lead to a heart attack and death
- Obesity - the syrup has no nutritional value and quickly raises the level of carbohydrates in the blood
- Increased risk of diabetes
- Allergies - high-fructose corn syrup cannot be used by people allergic to corn. Fortunately (or rather, unfortunately, because it is better to avoid syrup), this allergy is quite rare and most of us can eat this product
- Risk of contact with GMO products - the syrup is very cheap because it is often made from genetically modified corn.
- Contact with mercury - if you are concerned about eating fish, you can stop - the syrup contains much more mercury, and in addition, we eat it every day
- Increased risk of cancer
- Increased blood cholesterol
Why does high-fructose corn syrup have so many negative effects?
This is because of the simple fact that the human brain enjoys the taste of this product. The same is true for sugar or MSG, which is why these products are highly addictive. Rats fed with high-fructose corn syrup eat much more than the animals they don't get. In many places on the internet you can find information that high-fructose corn syrup is the main cause of obesity, metabolic syndrome and diabetes.
The country where the high-fructose corn syrup is the most popular is the USA and is likely to have a direct link between its overuse and obesity.
Interestingly, fructose by itself does not raise blood glucose levels (and the content of this factor is a major risk indicator for diabetes). Unfortunately, too much fructose in the diet is just as harmful as eating too much glucose, and therefore, high-fructose corn syrup contributes to health problems.
In conclusion - read carefully the labels of food products and avoid those that contain a lot of sugar and high-fructose corn syrup.