High Fructose Corn Syrup Please give me scientifically supported facts about High Fructose Corn Syrup and it ill effects on health. I need as much information as possible about High Fructose Corn...

High Fructose Corn Syrup

Please give me scientifically supported facts about High Fructose Corn Syrup and it ill effects on health.

I need as much information as possible about High Fructose Corn Syrup backed up with some scholarly peer edited article,Research Institution,Universities,and similar Govt. or Independent research groups. I have to prepare a 10 page research paper based on these information. Please you can give me links with citation in MLA format.I will read it and prepare my paper.Internet or general web site information cannot be provided as these sources are not accepted in my college.My thesis is based on the detrimental factors of HFCS and public awareness of increasing Obesity and Diabetes, toxicity due to high level mercury content etc. Please help me ASAP as the paper is due on immediately.


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MaudlinStreet eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Much of the problem with high fructose corn syrup is its highly refined nature. This manufactured fructose is sweeter than sugar in an unhealthy way, and is digested differently. It goes directly to the liver, releasing enzymes that instruct the body to then store fat. This may elevate triglyceride (fat in blood) levels and elevate cholesterol levels. This fake fructose may slow fat burning and cause weight gain. Other research indicates that it does not stimulate insulin production, which usually creates a sense of being full. Therefore, people may eat more than they should. Because it extends the shelf life of processed foods and is cheaper than sugar, high-fructose corn syrup has become a popular ingredient in many sodas, fruit-flavored drinks and other processed foods.

According to studies conducted by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, high fructose corn syrup has been directly linked to obesity and diabetes. Also, in March of this year, a team of researchers at Princeton found that high fructose corn syrup causes more weight gain than ordinary table sugar.

In addition to causing significant weight gain in lab animals, long-term consumption of high-fructose corn syrup also led to abnormal increases in body fat, especially in the abdomen, and a rise in circulating blood fats called triglycerides. The researchers say the work sheds light on the factors contributing to obesity trends in the United States.

Here's a link to the Princeton article: http://www.princeton.edu/main/news/archive/S26/91/22K07/index.xml?section=topstories

brettd eNotes educator| Certified Educator

HFCS is damaging, though I agree with the above poster that it may be somewhat indirect, and more based on the public's lack of knowledge about proper eating habits, as well as about what they are actually eating when they buy food at the store.  HFCS is used in such a wide range of products, including many that we would not suspect, that the average American consumes gallons per year.  So HFCS is less healthy and more damaging than regular sugar, in the same way that regular sugar is more damaging than honey.  Because we consume so much of the product, obesity is the likely and typical result.

clairewait eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I don't honestly think HFCS by itself has any ill-effects on health.  I think the general consensus is, however, that foods which contain HFCS are already so highly processed that nothing about it is nutricious.  The logical conclusion then, is that consuming lots foods that contain HFCS means lots of empty calories and a general lack of nutrients, resulting in the usual plethora of health issues that result from a diet high in calories and low in nutrients.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator
The problem is that high fructose corn syrup is just not natural. Basically, they made sugar more powerful. It does not need to be that potent! It is used as a sweetener in just about everything, and is very high in calories like sugar itself. Both should be enjoyed in moderation and neither should be the basis for the first ingredient in your foods.
scarletpimpernel eNotes educator| Certified Educator

HFCS has been proven to increase one's desire for more sugary foods; so in that sense it is directly dangerous especially for humans who are high risk for diabetes.

If you want a good brief summary of the effects of HFCS (in a visual version), check out Morgan Spurlock's Supersize Me and Food, Inc.