The Rotten Fruit ?
In the United States the recent concen over the use of fructose corn syrup has led to it being branded as the devils candy- and many irate parents are declaring they don't want their children eating corn syrup in their food.
Here in Britain, the Food Standards Agency do not regard fructose corn syrup as an additive and is classed as thick sugar, not widely used and not a danger to your health.A quick look in my local supermarket and I find it is used in many brands of cakes ,biscuits, yoghurts,ice-cream and many energy drinks.
Corn Syrup is a natural healthy sweetening product and derived directly from fruit. it is added to many processed foods we buy, but now food experts believe fructose is linked to cancer,dementia, heart disease,diabetes and kidney damage.
What is Fructose Corn Syrup ?
Fructose occurs naturally in fruit, and we drink it most days if we are drinking fruit juices, which we believe to be healthy in providing us with vitiman C..
High frutose corn syrup is derived primarily from corn. It is cheap to produce, and hence is becoming muuch more widely used. In the US and UK it is replacing cane and beet sugar.
Fructose adds moisture and texture to cereal bars ,making them chewy as well as thickening yoghurts and ice-cream. Another add on is it browns cereals ,cakes and pastries enhancing thier appearance.
It is easy to see how fructose corn syrup is poular within the food industry, and is unknowingly being added to more and more of our foodstuffs.
How Much Fructose Should You be Eating ?
Scientists have found that although it has the same amount of calories as sugar cane, the body does not metabolise fructose syrup the same way.This can effect the liver,our blood pressure and obviously leading to obesity.
A natural product should not cause us any harm, but is it being "added" to too many other products?
There are many alarming tests and trials being carried out with fructose corn syrup,and it may be too early to draw any conclusions yet. Meanwile it is right to be cautious, check your ingredients and remember an old saying - everything in moderation.