DID YOU KNOW how High Fructose Corn Syrup is made?!

Judith Kennedy - posted on 02/11/2009 ( 2 moms have responded )

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How High Fructose Corn Syrup is made and then metabolized.





High-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is produced by processing corn starch to yield glucose, and then processing the glucose to produce a high percentage of fructose. But there is a little more to it. This is the modus operandi of the food conglomerates--break down commodities into their basic components and then put them back together again as processed food. Read further.



1.Specific amino acids in the enzyme alpha-amylase are genetically modified and either changed or replaced so the enzyme's "backbone" won't break down or unfold.

2.Alpha-amylase is industrially produced by a bacterium, usually Bacillus sp. It is purified and then shipped to HFCS manufacturers.

3.Cornstarch is treated with alpha-amylase to produce shorter chains of sugars called polysaccharides.

4.Unlike alpha-amylase, glucoamylase is produced by Aspergillus, a fungus, in a fermentation vat where one would likely see little balls of Aspergillus floating on the top.

5.Next, the enzyme called glucoamylase breaks the sugar chains down even further to yield the simple sugar glucose.

6.Again, specific amino acids in another enzyme, glucose-isomerase, are genetically modified and either changed or replaced so the enzyme's "backbone" won't break down or unfold.

7.While alpha-amylase and glucoamylase are added directly to the slurry, pricey glucose-isomerase is packed into columns and the sugar mixture is then passed over it. This third enzyme, converts glucose to a mixture of about 42 percent fructose and 50-52 percent glucose with some other sugars mixed in.

8.A liquid chromatography step takes the mixture to 90 percent fructose.

9.Finally, this is back-blended with the original mixture to yield a final concentration of about 55 percent fructose--what the industry calls high fructose corn syrup.



"The medical profession thinks fructose is better for diabetics than sugar," says Dr. Meira Field of the USDA, "but every cell in the body can metabolize glucose. However, all fructose must be metabolized in the liver. The livers of a study (giving some rats glucose and some fructose) using rats on the high fructose diet looked like the livers of alcoholics, plugged with fat and cirrhotic."

Source: http://www.westonaprice.org/motherlinda/...

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Erin - posted on 06/29/2009

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Thanks for that. I knew it was bad, and I knew how bad but not how it was made. It makes me sick what we are feeding our children these days. It is so scary, I don't give my daughter any of that crap. She eats fruit and vegetables and cheese for snacks and I buy the really expensive natural and organic candies and such for treats. It seems that every single thing marketed to children is poison, I don't get it. People just buy this stuff and feed it to them without any research at all. I think at least read the ingredients label.

Did you also know that the "health check" symbol is not an endorsement! It just means that whatever product it is on, that company has paid a fee to them and then they let them use that symbol but they put on the side, in very small print that it is not a health endorsement, it is just a verification that they made a donation to the heart and stroke foundation! It means nothing. But people see the health check symbol and just assume that it is healthy.

I started reading ingredient lists faithfully when my daughter started eating solid food and was shocked by almost everything.

Also, do some research on how AHA and DHA are processed and the fact that there are no studies on long term effects on humans and that it is just chemically similar to fish oil but not exactly the same. My husband found a bunch of this online because our daughter was drinking organic (!) formula with it added. We immediately stopped feeding it to her. But it was the first thing down her throat when she was born right in the hospital. I wasn't able to breast feed but I did pump but I still needed to suppliment with formula. And that was in it.

North America is so totally corrupt when it comes to anything related to consumerism. I don't trust any big company who tries to sell me anything anymore.

Also, how about all the stuff in baby products the fragrence stabilizer that is the psuedo estrogen that is messing with new babies endocrine systems. There was one big news story a couple of years ago, then swept totally under the rug and never heard about again. Nothing was done, people still don't really know what they are putting on their children. Effectively marinating them in this stuff that is very harmful and toxic.

Christina - posted on 04/30/2009

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Thank you! I knew it was bad but to be broken down like this I definitly won't give in when a certain relative tries to feed it to my kids! I'm sticking to my grounds! Thanks.

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