The Corn Syrup Controversy

It has been around for years and years with supporters and deniers. It has had loads of articles published on it, and people have talked about it constantly. It is in almost all of our processed foods, and almost all of our processed drinks. What is it? High fructose corn syrup. As a sweetener made from corn, it doesn’t seem to be that bad for you. But people have their different opinions.

Sweet Surprise (a website) says that it has many pros, such as having a good texture, being a good cooking ingredient, preservation, and having a good consistency. They say that these make it an ideal sweetener for practically anything in the supermarket. Supposedly (according to the International Food Information Council) it “is a useful ingredient because of its sweetness and ability to blend with other food and beverage ingredients.” They state that “consumption of high fructose corn syrup has been declining while obesity levels are rising even though HFCS levels are rising outside of the US.” They’re trying to make the point that it is not associated with obesity or unhealthy side effects.

Meanwhile, in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, it is written in a report that from 1967 to 2000, it was observed that the amount of HFCS added to beverages could be related to the obesity level in America. They use this to explain that they believe that HFCS “may play a role in the epidemic of obesity.”

Organic Consumers, a health website, says that it impacts insulin levels, which can cause major problems within the human immune system. Serious side effects are said to be involved, and they claim that the health of our civilization would greatly improve with a removal of HFCS.

With different opinions on HFCS, it is easy to not know whether to eat it or not. But one thing is certain, the argument isn’t going to end for a while. Well, what you don’t know can’t hurt you, right?