What is High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS)?
High Fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is a group of corn syrups that have undergone enzymatic processing in order to increase their fructose content. There are many forms of HFCS.
HFCS is known as glucose-fructose in the UK, and Canada. 
Corn itself is high in sugar. One bushel of corn produces enough corn syrup to sweeten 324 cans of soda. That's why it's used to sweeten many processed foods. You will find High Fructose Corn Syrup listed in the ingredients of many products. This is a cheap syrup produced from cornstarch. 
Is HFCS Good For Me?
It has been argued and disputed that HFCS is a contributor to diabetes among other bodily disorders. 
Is HFCS Natural?
Technically HFCS is not natural because of the high level of processing it goes through. It also is mixed with synthetic compounds. Although, it has not been truly classified as natural or artificial, many people feel it to be named artificial since it is man made.
HFCS was first introduced by Richard O. Marshall and Earl R. Kooi in 1957. They were, however, unsuccessful in making it viable for mass production. 
The industrial production process and creation was made by Dr. Y. Takasaki at the Agency of Industrial Science and Technology of Ministry of International Trade and Industry of Japan in 1965 - 1970. Dr. Y. Takasaki is known to many as the creator of HFCS. HFCS was rapidly introduced to many processed foods and soft drinks in the U.S. from about 1975 to 1985. 
Source(s) Derived From
|Plant Sources, Chemical (Synthetic) Sources|
Natural or Artificial?
|Artificial & Possibly Unsafe|
Aliases (Also Known As)
Glucose Fructose Syrup
High Fructose Corn Syrup Solids
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|Ingredient added||UPC Food Search||January 1, 2009 @ 2:14 AM|