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Old 05-20-2006, 08:28 PM   #1
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Corn Syrup vs High Fructose Corn Syrup

I went to the grocery store today and every box of cereal I picked had HFCS as one of its ingredients. I heard it's better to avoid HFCS as much as possible. But one of the boxes just listed corn syrup. I wonder what the difference is, and if one is better thant the other? I found that even 'freshly baked' bread has HFCS.

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Old 05-20-2006, 09:29 PM   #2
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I just gooled High Fructose Corn Syrup
There is a lot to read but I didn't find out what the difference is..sorry,
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Old 05-20-2006, 09:38 PM   #3
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The link below will give you some information on HFCS. Basically, it is a sweeter version of corn syrup.

High Fructose Corn Syrup
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Old 05-22-2006, 03:07 PM   #4
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HFCS is a super concentrated form of corn syrup. It will spike your insulin levels. Repeated spiking of you insulin CAN lead to Type II diabetes. I avoid all packages that contain either. If you had to rate one better than the other I would say regular corn syrup is less damaging than HFCS. I prefer natural sugars to added ones. Stick with oatmeal or natural granolas instead of a boxed cereals.
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Old 05-22-2006, 04:34 PM   #5
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HFCS is a super concentrated form of corn syrup. It will spike your insulin levels. Repeated spiking of you insulin CAN lead to Type II diabetes. I avoid all packages that contain either. If you had to rate one better than the other I would say regular corn syrup is less damaging than HFCS. I prefer natural sugars to added ones. Stick with oatmeal or natural granolas instead of a boxed cereals.
It appears that you are laboring under a misconception that sugar, sweets or candy somehow causes diabetes. This is simply not correct.

There are several types of diabetes:
  • Type I diabetes (formerly known as juvenile diabetes) is a disease in which the body does not produce insulin. Type I diabetes is an immune system disorder.
  • Type II Diabetes is a disease in which the body either does not produce sufficient insulin or cannot use the insulin which is produced by the beta cells in the pancreas, or both. The causes of diabetes can be genetic and/or lifestyle factors such as obesity and lack of exercise.
  • Gestational Diabetes occurs in some women during pregnancy and the cause is not definitively known but is believed to be related to hormones produced during pregnancy.
Simply consuming sugar, candy or other sweets does not cause diabetes.

There are many online resourses available for this information and a great source to start with is the American Diabetes Association website:

http://www.diabetes.org/about-diabetes.jsp
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It appears that you are laboring under a misconception that sugar, sweets or candy somehow causes diabetes. This is simply not correct.
There is no misconception here. Maybe it might have sounded that way.

What is really the problem is foods containing HFCS are usually highly processed and cause your insulin to spike. Repeately spiking insulin over years CAN [note I say can, not will] lead to Type II diabetes, it also depends on other factors. Eating these types of food usually leads to weight gain which also can be a contributing factor. Childhood and adult obesity is at an all time high and it is caused by poor eating habits and lack of exercise. I was simply pointing out start reading labels and see how many products contain this (HFCS) substance.

Eating less processed foods and exercising more is the best bet.
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What is really the problem is foods containing HFCS are usually highly processed and cause your insulin to spike. Repeately spiking insulin over years CAN [note I say can, not will] lead to Type II diabetes, it also depends on other factors.
All sugars and carbohydrates trigger the pancreas to produce insulin. The production of insulin or "spiking" of insulin has nothing to do with causing diabetes. This is a natural process. Too much sugar can make people fat along with too little exercise, but the production of insulin or "spiking" of insulin is not causative of diabetes.
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Yes, all carbohydrates are converted to glucose. Yes, insulin is released to control or bring down the blood sugar levels. But it has been proven that repeated high insulin spikes can lead to insulin resistance. There are several other factors that contribute to it; genetics and family history, diet, exercise, high blood pressure, etc. Insulin resistance is where the pancrease can no longer produce enough insulin to regulate the blood sugar. Over spiking the insulin damages your liver and other organs. It is not healthy.

By avoiding high insulin spikes, eating well balanced meals and getting daily exercise a person may never get diabetes even if they have all of the factors.
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All sugars and carbohydrates trigger the pancreas to produce insulin. The production of insulin or "spiking" of insulin has nothing to do with causing diabetes. This is a natural process. Too much sugar can make people fat along with too little exercise, but the production of insulin or "spiking" of insulin is not causative of diabetes.
Unfortunately, your body does not recognize HFCS as sugar, and does not signal your pancreas to release insulin to process the HFCS. Your body just turns it into fat and stores it, causing obesity, which, in turn, is a major cause of type II diabetes.
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...Your body just turns it into fat and stores it...

Hi, Caine:

I'm having a problem understanding how this happens. Could you please explain?
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