The prevalent use of high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) as the sweetener of choice among manufacturers occurred because it is cheaply derived from corn. HFCS is also sweeter and more easily produced in great quantities.

There is strong evidence linking the mass appeal of HFCS in the 1980s with the start of the obesity epidemic. HFCS became more and more a staple ingredient of soft drinks and other sweetened beverages. These drinks have been shown to be a serious detriment to healthy and weight.

At one time, HCFS was thought to be a diabetic-friendly sweetener. HCFS is now actually considered to be very harmful. In response to the sweetener’s declining favor with consumers, manufacturers have gradually moved away from HFCS use.

Still, it is important to be careful. HFCS is still included in a vast array of foods and drinks. Some times it is disguised, so be sure to carefully examine labels.

How Does Fructose Differ From Glucose?

Table sugar, also known as sucrose, breaks down into simple sugars known as glucose and fructose in the system.

Almost all of the body’s cells use glucose. This sugar is used for energy and metabolism. It is also one of the primary building blocks of all carbohydrates.

Unfortunately, the liver cells only process fructose. Research shows that HFCS “increases appetite, promotes obesity… and is more addictive than cocaine.” HFCS has also been shown to be a contributor to diabetes, obesity, and inflammation.

People with high exposure to high doses of fructose also experience toxic gut bacteria, partially digested food proteins, and inflammation. Fructose also contributes to insulin resistance, weight gain, Type 2 diabetes, and some cancers.

How Can I Eliminate HFCS From My Diet?

Avoid HFCS by eating more real, whole, unprocessed foods. And less packaged foods, which tend to disguise unhealthy sugars with terms like “corn sugar.”

Read the full article here: Is High Fructose Corn Syrup Really that Bad for You? – Dr. Mark Hyman