A study conducted by researchers from the University of Southern California and University of Oxford suggests that high-fructose corn syrup is linked to higher rates of diabetes. The report was and published in the journal Global Public Health that says those people that use corn-derived sweetener have higher risks of Type II diabetes.

The reports have also suggested that United States is one of the top consumers of high-fructose corn syrup and an average American consumes around 55 pounds of these sweeteners a year. However, the lobby of corn syrup industry fired back the study and said that it is for the consumer to determine if the ingredient of a drink is suitable for them or not and that no external agency has the authority to pass judgment about the efficacy and efficiency of a drug or dietary product. The reports have also said that Type II Diabetes is though the one of the most common form of diabetes and is typically linked to other negative health consequences like obesity, high blood pressure.

Reports have suggested that about 25 million people are suffering from Type II diabetes across the United States and most of them are prescribed with Actos, one of the major drugs used to treat the condition. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services suggests that about 58% of them took oral medication while 14% of them are dependent on insulin and 16% took no medication.

What is High-Fructose Corn Syrup?

High-fructose corn syrup also known as HFSC is a type of low cost sweetener that is usually derived from corn and is widely used in processed and store-bought foods. Corn syrup is present in a variety of products including sliced bread, soft drinks, salad dressings, ketchup, jams, sauces and ice cream.

High-fructose Corn Syrup was first produced in Japan in the year of 1960s and was introduced in the American market in the 70s.

Tips to be followed while purchasing and consuming high-fructose corn syrup and other energy drinks:

  • People should always check the ingredients list of the food items before purchase.
  • Food stuffs like bread, dried fruit, and crackers might be hiding added sugars and hence people need to be conscious about these food stuffs.
  • Food items that contain any of the below mentioned ingredients might have hidden sugar that people may avoid.
  • White Sugar
  • Brown Sugar
  • Cane Sugar
  • Crystallized fructose
  • Dextrin
  • Honey
  • Malt
  • Top your breakfast waffles or pancakes with fresh fruit compote instead of syrup so that it will help you reducing the amount of sugar in the food item
  • While taking coffee with sugar try adding a small piece of vanilla bean or cinnamon stick to your cup. It adds flavor without adding caloric sweeteners.
  • Reduce the amount of sugar in the recipe when baking