High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is a liquid sweetener made from corn starch. It is an ingredient commonly found in snack foods, breakfast cereals, salad dressings, sweetened beverages and the tomato sauce on your pasta dinner. HFCS is controversial, however there is research and evidence that suggest diets high in fructose may cause metabolic changes that lead to increased triglyceride levels and elevated uric acid levels.
HFCS does not provide any nutritional benefits and can contribute to excess calories in the diet. Over time, this can contribute to weight gain, and excess weight is associated with heart disease and diabetes.
HFCS accounts for 10% of all calories in the overall U.S. diet, according to the UC Berkeley Wellness Letter, and closer to 20% in specific segments of the population including children. The USDA estimates that the average American consumes 17 teaspoons of HFCS every day!
One of the main reasons for the increased popularity of HFCS as an ingredient in processed food, is that it is cheaper than other sweeteners. The base ingredient for HFCS is corn, which has been subsidized by the U.S. government since the early 1970s.
Both HFCS and table sugar (sucrose) have the same amount of calories. However, there are molecular differences between HFCS and table sugar (sucrose). Both sweeteners are a combination of fructose and glucose molecules. In table sugar the two molecules are bonded together whereas in HFCS, the two molecules are unbound. It is unclear whether this has any impact on the health of the individual consuming HFCS.
All sweeteners, including HFCS, should be used sparingly.
High fructose corn syrup is one of the diet evils. This cheap addictive sweetener has found its way into a lot of prepared foods. The reason why this is evil is that actually triggers your hunger sensation in the brain to make you feel hungry. So food manufacturers love this sweetener. So their formula is added to their food and then you eat the food and you still feel hungry. So you more of their food. Then this company stockholders get richer.
At some point we all try to eat whole grain or whole wheat bread. This bread is now all over the supermarkets and bakeries. but have you noticed how some whole wheat breads are much firmer and denser while others are very light fluffy and chewy. While both companies are using the same whole grain. But these companies use this whole grain in different proportions to white flour. After all most Americans love their sticky chewy sweet white bread. So these companies have cleverly added a sweetener to their bread. And in most cases the sweetener is high fructose corn syrup. so by adding the sweetener they are able to get a soft desirable and highly marketable bread.
The part that gets me is all of the claims about the whole grain bread on the front package. If you were to read the ingredient list you would realize that this is a junk food. In fact junk food is an understatement. Remember high fructose corn syrup is an addictive sweetener that tricks your hunger sensation in the brain. In fact I am convinced that over 75% of the whole grain breads on the market could be a lot healthier than they are. at aroma thyme bistro our table bread is made from 100% organic whole wheat flour. Then of course they add the yeast, which in this case is a wild yeast. In the last ingredient is water. This is an example of a healthier bread. but this is a totally different flavor and texture bread that you would find in the grocery store. This bread is made fresh and is designed to be eaten within a couple of days. Looking back at the average grocery store whole wheat bread is made to last week's.
Do not get tricked by the front of the package. This is where companies place their ads. The front of the box is their billboard as it's proudly displayed in the grocery store aisles. So the term made from whole grains can be very misleading. In the terms go on and on and on. In fact you'll see things like 0 g of trans fat. When in fact the product has trans fat as an ingredient. This is because if they reach a certain minimum of trans fats per serving than they are legally allowed to list the as zero grams of trans fats. So I can't stress enough that you can't trust the package that the food is in. You're only legitimate chance of deciphering the food is to look at the ingredient list. Due to the fact of more customer awareness and you will never see on the label our product contains high fructose corn syrup. That's not the selling points. They will take the slightest advantage they have and emphasize only that point. I think it for rat poisoning contains whole-wheat that they would use that as a selling point.
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