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What Everybody Ought To Know About High Fructose Corn Syrup

High Fructose Corn Syrup is made from cornstarch, and is a combination of fructose and sucrose. It is sweeter and cheaper than sugar and extends the shelf life of products. For these reasons, it has become a popular ingredient in many sodas, fruit-flavored drinks and other processed foods.

High fructose consumption contributes to obesity, diabetes and heart disease. It raises blood levels of cholesterol and another type of fat, triglyceride. It makes blood cells more prone to clotting, and it may also accelerate the aging process. The body is not supposed to be consuming it.

Adolescents aged 12-18 have the highest intake, with sugar-sweetened beverages accounting for the largest source of fructose.

You can reduce High Fructose Corn Syrup in your diet by reading food labels, drinking water instead of soft drinks, snacking on fruits and veggies, and consuming whole grains instead of refined grains.

Here is a site that has a long list of foods containing High Fructose Corn Syrup.