The Dangers of High Fructose Corn Syrup

High Fructose Corn Syrup is an artificial sweetener made from corn and one of the most commonly used ingredients in processed foods. Consumption of high amounts of HFCS has been linked to many serious health conditions. 

  • Studies have shown that, particularly among overweight individuals, long-term consumption of HFCS can significantly increase liver fat, which can eventually lead to fatty liver disease and type 2 diabetes. 
  • Long-term studies have found that excessive intake of HFCS (and table sugar) is one of the greatest contributors to obesity. 
  • Regular consumption of too much HFCS can lead to insulin resistance, a precursor to diabetes. 
  • Overconsumption of HFCS results in increased inflammation, which increases risk for other chronic conditions, such as heart disease and cancer, and which can also exacerbate inflammatory diseases like gout. 
  • HFCS contains no essential nutrients and regular overconsumption means your diet’s essential nutrient content is decreased. You are not only feeding your body with empty calories, but also depriving it of the nutrients it needs.

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