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Is High Fructose Corn Syrup Lurking in Your Favorite Foods? 

Americans consume a staggering amount of the now ubiquitous sweetener high fructose corn syrup. In fact, studies indicate that the average consumer dines on 12 teaspoons per day with so-called “high consumers” capping out at 22 daily teaspoons. This means that an American consumes between 38 and 69 pounds of HFCS every year. It is no wonder that research into the potential drawbacks of this sugar alternative are at the forefront of consumer-driven science.

What is HFCS?

In order to understand the health implications, it is necessary to first grasp exactly what this sweetening agent is. The recipe calls for corn to be milled into corn starch then transformed into glucose syrup. Specific enzymes, notably glucoamylase and glucose isomerase, can then be used to break down the long chains of sugar that comprise traditional corn syrup and (Read More....)