High Fructose Corn Syrup and Health
High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) is used as a sweetener in many food products on the market today. HFCS is made by breaking corn starch down into individual glucose molecules and adding enzymes to convert some of the glucose into fructose. While research does not show that HFCS is more harmful than other sugars, the FDA and other public health agencies emphasize that HFCS can increase the risk of chronic diseases, such as diabetes. It is important to note that high consumption of any added sugar can have poor effects on health. Avoiding HFCS and other added sugars may help a person maintain a healthful weight and reduce risk of developing other chronic diseases. Some of the most common sources of HFCS include soda, condiments, salad dressing, granola bars, peanut butter, and some breads. To reduce intake among clients/patients, health professionals can recommend that patients read food labels and avoid those with HFCS or sugar listed in the first three ingredients. Additionally, suggesting increasing fruit, vegetable, and whole grain intake can help patients choose healthier foods and improve their overall diet and health.