There’s an awful lot of hype over high fructose corn syrup (hfcs). Some say it is calories that don’t make you feel full. Not true.9 There’s no difference between hfcs and table sugar (sucrose) as far as satiety. Some say that the rise in consumption of hfcs has directly driven the rise in obesity. Not true.10 The journal of the American dietetic association says: “Obesity is a complex problem and its cause cannot be simply attributed to any one component of the food supply such as sweeteners.”
But it is something to be avoided.
We used to get our sugar as sucrose from sugar beets or sugar cane. In the 1970s corn syrup began to replace sucrose and manufacturers discovered that adding fructose made a sweeter and more stable product. Now it does double duty as a sweetener and a preservative for shelf life. Unfortunately, it also does double duty as extra calories and a copper metabolism blocker. Studies have shown diets high in fructose contribute to copper deficiency, which is very important for the formation of collagen and elastin – the soft tissues that hold the body together.11 High intakes of fructose have also been linked to higher blood triglyceride levels, a precursor to heart disease and diabetes.12
The easiest way to cut down high fructose corn syrup intake is to check labels on breads and cereals and avoid soft drinks. Breads with cane sugar or honey instead help you avoid those problems, and concerns over hfcs is one of many reasons to quit drinking pop.