Indian Foods With High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS)

Health, 12 Apr - 2017 ,

Indian Foods With High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS)

High fructose corn syrup (HFCS), a sweetener made from corn, comes in two primary compositions—HFCS-42 (42% fructose) and HFCS-55 (55% fructose).

High fructose corn syrup (HFCS)

High fructose corn syrup (HFCS), a sweetener made from corn, comes in two primary compositions—HFCS-42 (42% fructose) and HFCS-55 (55% fructose).

In terms of composition, high fructose corn syrup is nearly identical to table sugar (sucrose), which is composed of 50 percent fructose and 50 percent glucose. Fructose is a simple sugar commonly found in fruits and honey.

To make HFCS, enzymes are added to corn syrup in order to convert some of the glucose to another simple sugar called fructose, also called “fruit sugar” because it occurs naturally in fruits and berries.

HFCS is ‘high’ in fructose compared to the pure glucose that is in corn syrup. Different formulations of HFCS contain different amounts of fructose.

A simple comparison of the percentage of glucose and fructose reveals its similarities to table sugar.

·         HFCS-42 = 42% fructose + 58% glucose

·         HFCS-55 = 55% fructose + 45% glucose

·         Table sugar = 50% fructose and 50% glucose


We are not aware of any evidence, including the studies mentioned above, that there is a difference in safety between foods containing HFCS 42 or HFCS 55 and foods containing similar amounts of other nutritive sweeteners with approximately equal glucose and fructose content, such as sucrose, honey, or other traditional sweeteners. The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend that everyone limit consumption of all added sugars, including HFCS and sucrose. 


Why You Should Never Eat High Fructose Corn Syrup

In recent history, 20 teaspoons of sugar per person per year to about 150 pounds of sugar per person per year. That’s a half pound a day for every man, woman, and child in America. The average 20-ounce soda contains 15 teaspoons of sugar, all of it high fructose corn syrup. And when you eat sugar in those doses, it becomes a toxin.

 chemical process used to make high fructose corn syrup, the glucose and fructose — which are naturally bound together — become separated. This allows the fructose to mainline directly into your liver, which turns on a factory of fat production in your liver called lipogenesis. Not much research evidences are available.

It is known, however, that too much added sugar of all kinds — not just high-fructose corn syrup — can contribute unwanted calories that are linked to health problems, such as weight gain, type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome and high triglyceride levels. All of these boost your risk of heart disease.


Popular foods in India that often contain high-fructose corn syrup

Cold fizzy drinks

You will find High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) to be an ingredient in most cold fizzy drinks.


Several brands add it in the form of HFCS, and it’s often listed as the first ingredient.


Juice is naturally high in sugar, some companies sweeten it even more with HFCS.

 Ice Cream

Ice cream is supposed to be sweet, so it is always high in sugar and meant to be consumed in moderation. Many brands choose to sweeten their ice cream with HFCS.

Jam and Jelly

Jam and jelly are always rich in sugar, but store-bought versions are more likely to contain HFCS.


Many brands have added high-fructose corn syrup, which can be surprising because bread isn’t usually thought of as a sweet food.

Energy Drinks

Energy Drinks are often contain HFCS. So read the ingredients before use.



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