What is High Fructose Corn Syrup?
Similar to table sugar, HFCS is used as a sweetener in a wide variety of processed foods and beverages (check your labels, you’ll be surprised where it pops up!). Since its introduction, HFCS consumption in America has grown to amazingly high quantities—over 60 pounds per person every year.
“During that time period, obesity rates have more than tripled, and diabetes incidence has increased more than seven-fold.”1
You may have heard from various news sources and TV ads that HFCS and regular table sugar are processed identically in the body, and are therefore nutritionally indistinguishable. We beg to differ…
Why Popcornopolis Never Uses High Fructose Corn Syrup.
Pure cane sugar of the type we use at Popcornopolis consists of two tightly bonded molecules—glucose and fructose—in a naturally-occuring 50-50 ratio. Because of the tight chemical bond between the two sugar molecules, the body must use an enzyme to break down the substance before digesting it. As with any natural food, this digestive process takes time.
HFCS on the other hand, consists of the same two molecules (in a 55% Fructose 45% Glucose ratio), but in an unbound formation. Not only is HFCS sweeter than sugar, it’s also cheaper, which accounts for its huge popularity among certain food manufacturers. Because the two molecules are unbound, the fructose can go directly to the liver, where fat is produced (triglycerides and chloresterols). Meanwhile, the unbound glucose creates a huge insulin spike, which triggers the body to store those fats). Put these two actions together, and you’ve got a very efficient fat creation and storage mechanism which is directly responsible for the condition known as fatty liver, affecting some 70-million people.
It’s also easy to see why HFCS is linked to the huge increases in increased appetite, weight gain, diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Although it is true that regularly consuming large amounts of any type of sugar is unhealthy, as far as your body and health are concerned, HFCS is NOT the same as pure cane sugar.
There are even more compelling reasons to reduce or eliminate our consumption of HFCS, and those are contained in Dr. Mark Hyman’s excellent blog post on the same subject. We hope you’ll read his article, and that you’ll feel even better that Popcornopolis does not use HFCS in any of our delicious gourmet popcorn recipes. Let us know what you think. We’d love to hear from you.