Is high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) the evilest form of sugar? Most medical experts will say YES! Food and beverage manufacturers in the United States use corn or maize to make HFCS. You mill the corn to produce corn starch and then process it further to produce corn syrup.
Your sodas get their extra sweetness from HFCS, as it’s rich in glucose. In sodas, you’ll find two types of HCFS— HFCS 90 and HFCS 55, with the latter being the most common and consisting of 55% fructose and 42% glucose.
Where’s the evil?
We can all agree that sucrose or your everyday table sugar isn’t healthy. It has 50% fructose and 50% glucose, which is about the same amount found in HFCS 55. If you’re chugging down soda after soda, you’re chugging down pure sugar. The added preservatives and artificial colors and flavors don’t really help its cause.
If they substitute high-fructose corn syrup with pure cane juice, will it make a difference?
Substituting HFCS with pure cane juice will not give you the healthiest beverage, as it’ll still have artificial coloring and flavoring, but it’ll definitely be a better alternative to regular sodas. But something is better than nothing.
It’s up to you: Will you have a beverage made with pure sugar cane (a slightly healthier option), or would you just continue having regular sodas packed with sugar?
You can’t decide right now, and that’s okay, but towards the end, you’ll have your answer.
Here are the reasons why high-fructose corn syrup is poison for your body.
v Raises Risk of Fatty Liver Disease
We don’t realize the amount of HFCS we’re putting into our body until we start seeing its ill side effects. High fructose intake can increase your weight. If you drink one soda for six months, you can increase your risk of developing fatty liver disease and type 2 diabetes.
v Raises Risk of Obesity and Weight
Excessive intake of food and drinks with HFCS can cause weight gain. Since fructose promotes buildup of visceral fat— the most damaging type of body fat— around the organs, it increases your risk of developing heart disease and diabetes.
v Raises Risk of Type 2 Diabetes
HFCS can cause you to develop insulin resistance, which can later cause you to develop type 2 diabetes. When you consume carbs, your body’s insulin increases. Your body then transports it from your bloodstream and into your cells.
If you consume HFCS each day, your body can become resistant to the effects of insulin. When your body can’t regulate insulin and blood sugar levels, they increase. Increased levels can result in type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and types of cancers.
v Raise Risk of Inflammation
HFCS can increase inflammation, which is related to an increased risk of becoming obese and developing cancer, heart disease, or diabetes. It can also increase the production of cell-harming advanced glycation end products (AGEs).
The case for HFCS isn’t sounding too great now, is it?
You aren’t doing any favors to your health by drinking beverages with HFCS. HFCS is just empty calories devoid of essential nutrients. A better way to describe it is that it’s that HFCS is the nutrients’ enemy. It enters your body to decrease your nutrient content. The more HFCS you eat, the less space you’ll have for nutrient-dense food.
Pure Cane Sugar— Why Is It Better?
Pure sugar cane contains potassium, magnesium, calcium, zinc, iron, amino acids, and thiamin and riboflavin. It’s rich in antioxidants, which combat disease-causing free radicals. Sugarcane isn’t pure sugar but comprises of around 70% to 75% water, 10% to 15% fiber, and 13% to 15% sucrose or table sugar.
Since you don’t process it like other sugary beverages on the market, it contains more of its flavonoid and phenolic antioxidant properties. Sugarcane, in its pure form, is beneficial for your body. When combined with beverages, it gives them a unique taste while giving you a drink that is a far better choice for your health than the sugary beverages you’re used to drinking.
Still not convinced?
Here’s a scenario for you:
If we put milk chocolate and dark chocolate in front of you and asked you to choose between them, which one would you choose?
Both aren’t healthy, but dark chocolate is healthier than milk chocolate. Pure cane sugar is the dark chocolate to high-fructose corn syrup’s milk chocolate. Because when given a choice between two different things and asked to choose the healthiest option, you’d select the option that’s a slightly more healthy option if not completely.