Scientists have linked several health problems, including obesity and type 2 diabetes, to excessive consumption of high-fructose corn syrup. Uncontrolled type 2 diabetes can lead to chronically high blood sugar levels, which can cause serious health complications.
A recent study, published in the World Journal of Gastroenterology, involved feeding young rats a 10-percent fructose solution for 14 days. In just those few days, the rats’ metabolism had already started to change. The rats also experienced oxidative stress and inflammation after consuming the fructose syrup.
Avoiding high-fructose foods
This most recent study supports other reports calling for people to avoid foods that contain high-fructose syrup to prevent serious health problems. High-fructose corn syrup is a sweetener made from corn starch. It has a similar chemical composition and effect on the body as table sugar.
Foods that contain high-fructose corn syrup include:
- sodas, energy drinks, and sports drinks
- ice cream
- coffee creamer
- sauces and condiments, including salad dressings, ketchup, and barbecue sauce
- jam and jelly
- sweetened foods, such as yogurt and and canned fruit
- frozen foods, such as TV dinners and pizzas
- boxed dinners, such as macaroni and cheese
- bread and other ready-made baked goods
- breakfast cereal, cereal bars, and energy or nutrition bars
- snack foods, such as chips, cookies, and crackers
To reduce your intake of corn syrup and other additives:
- check the labels before you buy
- opt for unsweetened or less processed items where possible
- make salad dressings and bake other products at home
Some foods contain other sweeteners, but these can also have adverse effects.
Managing your diabetes is not easy, but it is worth it. The Knoxville Hospital & Clinics’ Diabetes Center empowers patients to control their diabetes by offering comprehensive diabetes care, consultation services, education, and a monthly diabetes support group. If you or a family member is living with diabetes, speak to your healthcare provider about a referral to the Diabetes Center or join the support group.
The information on this blog is provided for general information purposes and is not a substitute for professional medical advice, care, treatment or evaluation; nor should it be used in diagnosing a health condition. You are encouraged to consult your health care provider if you or a family member has or suspect you have a medical problem.