Well, I hope you all have been enjoying these past few blogs and have started to have a better understanding of some of the things you’ve been eating.

For this blog, Dr. Dave created a video that shares more info if you would like to follow along with him. To check it out, CLICK HERE!

Alright, let’s move on.

What the heck is:

High Fructose Corn Syrup?

Basically, it is a processed sweetener, and therefore a cheaper source for sweetening foods, and therefore in almost every processed food a person buys!

High fructose corn syrup begins life as corn starch, which a person will also see in many processed foods. Corn starch is glucose (sugar) that has been reduced to corn syrup and then enzymes are added to convert some of the glucose into fructose, which like glucose is a simple sugar.

Basically, it is extra sweetened/extra sugared sugar!

When the manufacturer says, “high”, they are referring to the amount of fructose to glucose in the compound which can be about 42 to 55 percent fructose.

The big claim to fame for fructose is that it does not elevate blood sugar levels when consumed. Instead, it is converted in the liver to glucose, glycogen (stored glucose in the liver), or fat before it can be used as an energy source.

Chronic overconsumption of high fructose corn syrup causes an increase in fat production and leads to insulin insensitivity.

Many researchers and health care practitioners directly attribute the obesity epidemic that has been sweeping our planet to high fructose corn syrup.

In fact, it is believed that by 2030 over 50% of the population of the US will be obese- that’s obese…, not simply overweight!

Please keep in mind that when speaking of fructose, this does not include fruit sugar naturally found in fruits and vegetables.

So in what foods can a person find high fructose corn syrup?


Packaged sweets and baked goods,


Fruit Juices,

Fast Food,

Sauces and other Condiments,

Ice Cream and popsicles,

Breakfast foods,

Jams and Preservatives,

Bread and Crackers,

Pancake and Dessert Syrups,

Apple Sauce.

Sadly, it is almost impossible not to find high fructose corn syrup in everything we eat. Bottom line- read those labels. You will be shocked how many products a person buys, or has sat on their shelves right now that are full of high fructose corn syrup.

It will take a little work, but products without high fructose corn syrup can be found, but it is an effort worthwhile!

And I guess while we are on the subject of sugar, here is a list of the various names found on food labels that mean sugar. This list was taken from the internet in an article written by Anna Barnwell.

A similar list can be found in Max Lugavere’s book, Genius Foods:

Sugar synonyms – the most common names for sugar

(Excluding artificial sweeteners and sugar substitutes)

Basic Simple Sugars (monosaccharides and disaccharides):

  1. Dextrose
  2. Fructose
  3. Galactose
  4. Glucose
  5. Lactose
  6. Maltose
  7. Sucrose

Solid or Granulated Sugars:

  1. Beet sugar
  2. Brown sugar
  3. Cane juice crystals
  4. Cane sugar
  5. Castor sugar
  6. Coconut sugar
  7. Confectioner’s sugar (aka, powdered sugar)
  8. Corn syrup solids
  9. Crystalline Fructose
  10. Date sugar
  11. Demerara sugar
  12. Dextrin
  13. Diastatic malt
  14. Ethyl maltol
  15. Florida crystals
  16. Golden sugar
  17. Glucose syrup solids
  18. Grape sugar
  19. Icing sugar
  20. Maltodextrin
  21. Muscovado sugar
  22. Panela sugar
  23. Raw sugar
  24. Sugar (granulated or table)
  25. Sucanat
  26. Turbinado sugar
  27. Yellow sugar

Liquid or Syrup Sugars:

  1. Agave Nectar/Syrup
  2. Barley malt
  3. Blackstrap molasses
  4. Brown rice syrup
  5. Buttered sugar/buttercream
  6. Caramel
  7. Carob syrup
  8. Corn syrup
  9. Evaporated cane juice
  10. Fruit juice
  11. Fruit juice concentrate
  12. Golden syrup
  13. High-Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS)
  14. Honey
  15. Invert sugar
  16. Malt syrup
  17. Maple syrup
  18. Molasses
  19. Rice syrup
  20. Refiner’s syrup
  21. Sorghum syrup
  22. Treacle

Again, read those labels!

Okay, so let’s leave this blog at that and allow you time for a field trip to the grocery store to read labels.

A word of caution: bring smelling salts and someone to catch you when you faint!

Until the next blog…,

Take Care,

Dr. Dave

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