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High fructose corn syrup

April 21, 2010

So watching Food Inc and how corn is the most commonly used staple product to make many kinds of by-products that are used in the food market right now, I came across high fructose corn syrup. Basically high fructose corn syrup is a very common sweetener and preservative that is a popular ingredient in many processed foods including sodas and fruit-flavored drinks.

I took Biochemistry 307 with Dr. Hanson, and I some how remembered his talk on the problem of excess high fructose corn syrup in our diet and how it can possibly have a negative effect through our fructose metabolism in the pentose pathway. Basically with all the science aside, high fructose corn syrup can cause Type 2 diabetes if an individual takes excessive amounts over their life time.

I think that high fructose corn syrup is a really nice alternative to regular sugar because it is relatively cheap, coming from corn, and that it can have a sweeter taste than the same amount of sugar. However, the negative effect of it possibly causing Type 2 diabetes is an interesting consequence. I think that this is another example of how high-tech technology can benefit us in a sense but can also unravel other harmful consequences such as the GMO problem with crops and produces.

The primary article can be found on http://edrv.endojournals.org/cgi/content/short/30/1/96 for anyone interested in reading about High fructose corn syrup’s possible cause of Type 2 diabetes.

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