Cholesterol Control [rate]

Many men and women nowadays strive to maintain the correct balance of LDL (low density lipoprotein “bad cholesterol”) and HDL (high density lipoprotein “good cholesterol“) cholesterol in their bodies. This task is sometimes more difficult than it seems because there are ingredients in modern packaged foods that increase the risk of you developing cholesterol problems. Research indicates that corn syrup which is high in fructose (HFCS) is one of these.

Corn syrup that is high in fructose is used in a wide variety of foods that you might consume on a daily basis. You can find it in everything from soda to tomato ketchup. Restricting your diet to foods that do not contain this ingredient will help to keep your heart healthy.


Just a Little Can Harm You

Research published in the nationally recognized American journal, the AJCN Nutrition showed that consuming HFCS for just two weeks could cause both your triglyceride levels and your cholesterol levels to increase. People who have more HFCS each day increase their cholesterol risk more than adults and children who only have a little daily. However, research indicates that even a little can do damage, so it is best to avoid it entirely.

Corn Syrup

Corn Syrup Increases Cholesterol Risk in Younger People

People sometimes assume that only men and women who are past the age of forty are at risk of developing cholesterol problems or heart disease. However, this is not so at all and younger people need to be careful to monitor their cholesterol levels. A study published in the US National Library of Medicine showed that HFCS does increase LDL cholesterol levels in both young men and young women.

All the research indicates that including HFCS in your diet at any age will increase your risk of cholesterol problems. This in turn will increase your risk of developing cardiovascular problems. Many researchers have noted the increasing prevalence of obesity in younger people and the accompanying increase in the consumption of soft drinks that are sweetened using corn syrup.

Before 1970, fructose was not used in the diet of Americans as much as it is now. However, over the past few decades, its use has increased dramatically. Young people are even more likely to enjoy sodas daily than older adults, who may prefer unsweetened beverages. However, HFCS may still be found hidden in beverages such as iced tea, that may be thought of as relatively free of harmful ingredients.

Replacing HFCS with Sugar is Not Enough

The Mayo Clinic has described the link between obesity and the consumption of corn syrup that is rich in fructose. The average American consumes a couple hundred calories of that ingredient each day. The Mayo Clinic has also pointed out that other health problems, including Type 2 diabetes have been linked to excess consumption of sweeteners. This means that replacing HFCS with the same amount of sugar in your diet is not enough. Reducing your overall consumption of sweeteners is important for a healthy life.

1. “How Bad is fructose?”, Ajcn
2. “Consumption of HFCS Increase LDL Cholesterol in Young Men and Women”, NLM