Side Effects of High-Fructose Corn Syrup

Side Effects of High-Fructose Corn Syrup

High-Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS), also known as glucose-fructose syrup, is a common ingredient in processed foods, soda, sweet treats, granola bars, and breakfast cereals. It is much cheaper than table sugar, so it is an affordable substitute. HFCS is found in pancake syrups because it is less expensive than maple syrup. It also has been used to illegally 'stretch' honey, making it hard for consumers to reap its benefits. HFCS can affect our health in the long run. [1][2]



Obesity and Weight Gain

We all know that excessive amounts of any form of sugar cause health problems. HFCS adds a lot of fructose to your diet. If you consume natural sources of fructose, your body will receive a small amount, which is more or less the daily required amount it needs. When you introduce artificial foods to your diet, especially sugar-sweetened drinks, you have a high risk of becoming overweight.

Increased visceral fat, the most harmful kind of fat, is one of the side effects of consuming HFCS. This type of body fat gets stored around your organs and affects your heart health. Nowadays, eating foods containing HFCS is very convenient, and even children have suffered because of these products. [3][4][5]



Increased Inflammation

There is no need to highlight how harmful inflammation can be to your body. It worsens the inflammatory disease and lowers your body's ability to fight infection. Added sugar, including HFCS, increases inflammation in the body leading to a predisposition for obesity, diabetes, cancer, and reduced life expectancy. Apart from that, the high amounts of fructose found in the syrup can lead to the production of advanced glycation end products - the result is cell damage.[6][7]



Fatty Liver Disease

We usually associate liver issues with alcohol consumption. However, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is the cause of excessive fat build-up in the liver. Studies show that the main culprit is high caloric intake, regardless of HFCS's presence. The only problem is that the sweetener is a common food ingredient with no essential nutrients, which can easily lead to high caloric intake. You can have liver health issues even if you stay away from sugary foods. All that it matters is to have a balanced diet, without an excess of calories. [8][9]




High-Fructose Corn Syrup is available everywhere. The main reason why there is a link between it and various diseases is its high consumption. We tend to indulge in small sugary snacks, have a soda after lunch or dinner, add syrups on our desserts, and so on. With time, all these amounts pile up and can cause a lot of harm, since the human body was not made to deal with such high amounts of sugar. Even if you have an active lifestyle, you need to consume nutrient-dense foods. Having enough will power to avoid HFCS consumption while you're shopping, eating out, or visiting relatives can make a huge difference in your health.