LIFESTYLE: High-fructose corn syrup dangers and how to avoid it

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High Fructose Con Syrup (HFCS) is a type of sweetener that has been the focus of various debates on the health environment. Many researches have shown that HFCS might be one of the worst forms of sugar to consume. But let`s make something clear: excess of sugar, no matter what kind and form presented in food, has been the main cause of obesity and others health issues nowadays. So why does HFCS has been the target by health experts?

Firstly, high consumption of fructose has been pointed out as more dangerous than glucose, because it is metabolized in our body differently then glucose, directly by the liver, while sucrose (table sugar) must be broken down by enzymes. If you eat fructose by fruits or vegetables it would come with fiber, vitamins, minerals, and beneficial phytonutrients, which is far different from the massive quantities that we find in most every processed food and typical sweetened drinks with HFCS.

Unhealthy food

Unhealthy food

Secondly, food and beverage manufactures began switching table sugar for HFCS since they found out that it was far cheaper and 20% sweeter than table sugar. So, the big deal here is indeed the high amount of HFCS added in processed food, and also the high consumption of processed food. By that, to avoid HFCS people should look at nutrition labels to consume products that doesn’t have HFCS in their list of ingredients, and also by avoiding processed food, once almost all of them contain HFCS. However, some stores like Whole Foods does not allow HFCS in theirs products.
Read labels to avoid HFCS

Read labels to avoid HFCS

The high fructose level in the organism leads to insulin resistance, obesity and high blood pressure. Besides these, lots of HFCS were detected with high amount of mercury, which can be very toxic to our organism when eaten in high dosages, and mostly all HFCS are from genetically modified corn.


GMOs (genetically modified organisms) have been added to our food and we don`t even know it because the US government does not mandate labeling yet. In sum, the main concern about eating GMOs is that so far we have no studies tracking the long-term effects GMOs may have on humans. Researchers fear that the health risks may include: Exposure to allergens, antibiotic resistance, endocrine disruption, reproductive disorders and accelerated aging. We have the right to know what we are eating and it is up to people to decide if they want or not to have GMO in their diet. The simplest way to avoid GMOs is to buy organic, once the USDA certifies that organic foods are not bio-engineered in any way.

By nutritionist Fernanda Mello

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