Originally Posted by JesseJB
Can anyone give some info on the impacts that high fructose corn syrup has on your body??? I went and threw out everything that I own that contains it, but this guy at a party last night told me they proved that its not bad for you....
The difference between high fructose corn syrup and cane sugar is a 10% difference in the glucose/fructose balance (55 fructose/45 glucose in HFCS 55 to, in most cases, 50/50 for cane sugar). Fructose does not stimulate the response of leptin, which makes you feel full. But it's a 10% difference, which isn't really the issue. What happened is that corn production was subsidized by the government and
cane sugar had tariffs placed on it, and the price differentials were so substantial that it became profitable for companies to totally retool production lines and the composition of foods to incorporate more HFCS. On the open market HFCS isn't very cheap, but the mass purchases made by food companies all have NDAs surrounding them and according to most people the total price paid by most corporations for HFCS is very low. What this led to was more sugar in all
food. There's no real point running from HFCS, the composition isn't different enough to really mean shit. Over time that 10% might make a difference across large enough populations, but you're better off trying to mitigate your sugar intake in general.