This debate has been raging for some time. Critics of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) claim that it’s unnatural and tied to high blood pressure, kidney disease and diabetes. Supporters of high fructose corn syrup maintain that it’s safe and that your body cannot tell the difference because HFCS and table sugar as each contain similar amounts of the basic components that make up these sweeteners: fructose and glucose. But a new study published in the journal Metabolism did find a slight difference.
Researchers at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and the University of Florida examined fructose levels in the blood of 40 subjects after they consumed 24 ounces of a drink sweetened with either HFCS or sucrose (table sugar). They found higher levels of blood fructose in those who drank the HFCS beverage, as well as higher blood pressure readings and higher levels of uric acid, a substance that in excess is tied to kidney damage and gout. Read the rest of article here