Why is high fructose corn syrup bad?


Quick Answer

Consumption of high-fructose corn syrup raises several health concerns, including a rise in obesity, diabetes and insulin resistance. High-fructose corn syrup may also decrease the effectiveness of the immune system, cause mineral imbalances, and convert to fat more readily than other forms of sugar.

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Because its production sometimes involves the use of mercury-grade caustic sodas, mercury has been found in samples of high-fructose corn syrup. Sweeter than sugar, high-fructose corn syrup can cause the body to crave increasing amounts of sweets and lead to a poor diet. High-fructose corn syrup is an ingredient in many processed foods, including cereal, bread, ketchup, salad dressing, jam and ice cream.

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