The Difference Between Corn Syrup and High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS)

High fructose corn syrup vs corn syrup

Fructose goes right to the liver and triggers lipogenesis, which causes liver damage to 70 million people around the world annually. [1]

How’s that for an eye-opener? Liver damage is no joke. Unfortunately, it’s only one of the horrible effects of regularly consuming high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). One of the questions I’ve recently come across is, “Is high fructose corn syrup and corn syrup the same?” This is a great question because they sound so similar! However, they are certainly different and in this post, I will tell you why!

Can you do me a favor? I want you to do some critical thinking and identify a clear difference in naming. Are you ready? High fructose corn syrup and corn syrup. Do you see the difference? That’s right! The only real difference between the two is the fact that one has high fructose. Sometimes we use the term HFCS so much that we tend to group the words as one. However, we have to remember the ‘high fructose’ part makes HFCS unique.

Fructose is sweeter than glucose, which is the substance table sugar is made of. Therefore, by finding a way to incorporate more fructose to sugar is genius! The only problem with this solution is it’s causing massive harm to those who are consuming it.

How Is High Fructose Corn Syrup Worse Than Corn Syrup?

While sucrose can be digested throughout the whole body, fructose can only be digested in the liver. When a person consumes large amounts of fructose, the liver can become overloaded.

Picture this: You’re at work and your boss is giving you too much work to get done in your shift. You start off fine, but as the final hour approaches, you begin cutting corners and doing things wrong. You begin shoving work in areas for the next shift in hopes your boss won’t find out. That person you’re imagining is your poor liver! Read more

Dangerous Side Effects of High Fructose Corn Syrup

High fructose corn syrup has seriously dangerous health effects.

High fructose corn syrup is stealing your health and making you gain weight!

The very first time I learned high fructose corn syrup was bad for you was while reading a book called The Abs Diet by David Zinczenko. In his chapter, “Your Weight Is Not Your Fault,” he covers how HFCS is leading to obesity in the lives of many people.

Before you begin to think that this post doesn’t apply to you because you don’t consume HFCS, let me ask you a few questions. Do you eat ketchup or barbecue sauce? What about Pop-Tarts? Do you enjoy soda? Well, guess what? All of those things are full of high fructose corn syrup. As a matter of fact, once you make the decision to remove HFCS from your home, you will be surprised at how many items have it!

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Quitting High Fructose Corn Syrup

Once I learned that this substance is literally killing humans and destroying their bodies along the way, I decided to do something about it. My household will be high fructose corn syrup free! And it is, but it was no easy task to accomplish. I could not believe how many items had HFCS.

But don’t be discouraged! Many people believe that everything has HFCS and that you cannot avoid it, but that’s simply not true! You don’t even have to stop eating your favorite foods! All you have to do is create your own food at home compared to allowing a factory to create your foods for you.

Processed foods are the ones that contain high fructose corn syrup. It’s not a natural substance and was created by man. If you focus on eating natural foods that were created for us to eat, you won’t have to worry about avoiding this substance.

Bread and ketchup both contain high fructose corn syrup. However, there are some brands that do not. Read more

Items That Contain High Fructose Corn Syrup (And Some That Don’t)

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The dangers of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) are a real threat. It can cause heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and so much more. When I began my health journey, I was incredibly shocked at how harmful this substance was. It’s more astonishing when you find out how many foods and beverages contain HFCS. I was a bit mad. No longer could I indulge in the foods I once loved. However, my commitment to myself and my family is more important than my pallet’s preferences.

I formed a habit of actively checking the ingredients of the products I purchase. We went on a mission to clear out our cabinets of anything without nutritional value. (A lot of foods left our home that day.) Here are some foods we were challenged to let go of and alternatives we’ve found to satisfy our cravings. Read more