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Difference Between Corn Syrup and High Fructose Corn Syrup

Corn Syrup vs High Fructose Corn Syrup

Syrup is an additive used in food, and Corn Syrup made from corn is one such additive. Corn Syrup and High Fructose Corn Syrup are mostly used as sweeteners.

Corn Syrup is a thick and sweet syrup that is produced by the breaking down of corn starch. This breaking down takes place by combining it with enzymes or heating it with a dilute acid. High Fructose Corn Syrup is produced by the enzymatic action which changes dextrose sugar into fructose sugar.

When comparing the two syrups, the High Fructose Corn Syrup is sweeter. This is what makes High Fructose Corn Syrup the preferred additive in processed foods, fast foods and sodas.

The High Fructose Corn Syrup is a highly concentrated form of corn syrup. As there is more sugar, the High Fructose Corn Syrup will add to the glucose levels in the body. This means that Corn Syrup is less dangerous than High Fructose Corn Syrup.

Though both the Corn Syrup and the High Fructose Corn Syrup are known to be harmful to the human body, the latter is considered to be more dangerous. The High Fructose Corn Syrup is known to increase the bad cholesterol levels in the body.

Another difference that can be seen is that Corn Syrup does not dissolve as easily as High Fructose Corn Syrup because of its viscosity. The High Fructose Corn Syrup is more available than Corn Syrup. When comparing the price, the High Fructose Corn Syrup is cheaper.  High Fructose Corn Syrup also adds more shelf life to food.


  1. Corn Syrup is a thick and sweet syrup that is produced by the breaking down of corn starch. High Fructose Corn Syrup is developed by the enzymatic action which changes dextrose sugar into fructose sugar.
  2. The High Fructose Corn Syrup is sweeter than the ordinary Corn Syrup.
  3. High Fructose Corn Syrup is generally preferred over Corn Syrup as the additive in processed foods, fast foods and sodas.
  4. Corn Syrup is not as dangerous to human health as High Fructose Corn Syrup.
  5. The High Fructose Corn Syrup is known to increase the bad cholesterol levels in the body.
  6. Corn Syrup does not dissolve as easily as High Fructose Corn Syrup because of its viscosity.
  7. High Fructose Corn Syrup adds more shelf life to food.

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  1. my doctor explained to me that Diabetes is primarily caused by an increased amount in blood sugar caused by foods containing High Fructose Corn Syrup. Stay away from the crap. Neither one are actually considered good for you you should use natural sugars and as little as possible. Also, get plenty of excercise. Coca cola and most soft drink have HFCS in it too. The soda I don’t drink anymore because they make you fat as hell. I dropped 24 pounds just by cutting out sodas. Good luck.

    • Your doctor is a QUACK. Diabetes happens when the pancreas is unable to process insulin. Family history is also an enormous factor. I would suggest you find another doctor that knows his butt from a hole in the ground before his so called doctorate in the medical field causes you great harm

  2. Latest information on Fructose is very bad. Search for the scientist Robert Lustig. Only the liver can digest fructose, glucose is digested by the entire body. This puts stress on the liver, plus the by-products of digesting fructose damages the liver. Lustig’s research shows people who eat food containing lots of fructose do the same damage to their livers as people who abuse alcohol.

    Even worse, much of the fructose is converted to fat by the liver. It is now believed that this fat is the fat that causes arterial and cardiac damage, far more than the fat that comes from eating meat (like 10 times a much).

    Even worser (sic), people who overeat with fructose get resistant to insulin (causes all sugars to be converted to fat) and leptin (leptin tells you when you are full), so they put on weight and continue to eat. Because of the insulin resistance they put on more fat than people who eat the same calories in other foods: As they get more resistant the body produces more insulin which packs even more of their food into fat, leaving them malnourished. And as they get leptin resistant they cannot tell they are full and eat more, which accelerates the cycle of eating more, getting resistant, leading to more eating, getting more resistant…

    Being malnourished they have less energy and move less, further ruining their health.

    Even worsering (sic), fructose digestion releases dopamine, which is a hormone that causes the feeling of pleasure/happiness. This is the same hormone released by many drugs like heroin and oxycontin. Eating fructose is literally addicting, further accelerating the cycle of weight gain and health decline.

    Even worstest (sic!!!!!!), high levels of dopamine causes the dopamine receptors in your brain to burn out. This means you become resistant to dopamine just like insulin and leptin. Being resistant to dopamine means you cannot feel pleasure or happiness unless you release even more dopamine (which burns out more receptors). This is another cycle that just gets worse and worse. People who are resistant to dopamine become depressed. Depression makes their eating habits worse as they no longer care about themselves or their health. Another cycle causing more fructose intake.

    I’ve heard the phrase “eating themselves to death” for years, but the latest research shows this is more true than anyone ever imagined.

  3. If you’re the type of person who simply loves sweets, the best thing you can do is look for products that use either unprocessed cane sugar or raw honey. I use raw honey in my home in lieu of keeping any kind of syrup around for breakfast items like waffles/pancakes; it’s much better for you (in responsible amounts, of course) and your body uses it more efficiently than sugar syrups

    And on that note, beware of off-the-shelf breakfast syrups labeled as “maple” (most of them aren’t even real maple syrup – they are usually a sickening combo of sugar, corn syrup & HFCS with maple flavoring) and store-bought honey, as it is not truly honey any longer by the time it gets to the store.

    In short, read the labels before you buy or consume these products.

  4. Hold up, everyone. Sugar is not some lethal nutrient that causes obesity and death. What you need to understand is that everything is an energy transfer, there are no such thing as “good foods” and “bad foods,” only the organic foods that come from the earth, and the ones that are modified by us (typically the foods we modify are chemically altered in some way, and these are the foods that are most often detrimental to our anatomy). The most important qualities of a person’s diet is nutrient timing and moderation. You never want to eat too much of something, we all know this. Eating 20 apples a day is not going to keep the doctor away, trust me. Fructose is literally broken down as “fruit sugar” because that’s what it is, a sugar that derives from many fruits and other plants. There is a time and a situation that calls for specific nutrients, for example, if you’re about to do something strenuous that calls for an immediate amount of energy, that “sugar rush” you feel from eating candy is said necessary energy. What I’m saying is a great pre workout meal would be a banana and some yogurt, very high in sugar (both fructose and corn syrup- high or not). There is nothing wrong with either of these foods, and in this situation, the nutrients (largely sugars) are monosaccharides- the simplest of carbohydrates before they are to be broken down and absorbed. This means that the body will, very easily, break down and absorb these nutrients into the blood stream, and that’s where the term “sugar rush” comes from- that rush of energy that gives children the “gitters.” Now, people say that sugar causes us to become obese, well here’s why: Most people who eat high sugary foods, like candy and other treats, do not use the energy that their body is consuming. The sugar is broken down quickly, and if it is not used when it is immediately available (which is soon after being consumed), then it is stored by the body as fat- due to the body’s instinct survival mechanisms set into its physiology and anatomy. So simply put, sugar is not bad for you, it is just used much to frequently when it is not necessarily needed. The only time your body need a sugar any time (fructose, dextrose, sucrose, etc.) should be consumed sometime periworkout (before, during or after a workout). The same can be said for proteins and fats. There is a time and a situation that calls for them. If you wanna know more, feel free to email me. norman@dextercustomfitness.com.

    Have a good day everyone!!

    • No, really hold up!! While moderation and pre-workout is moderately good advice regarding the consumption of sugars (including, of course, fructose), it avoids the pink elephant in the room. That is: carbohydrates and sugar are treated in similar fashion by the body. Carbs raise blood glucose levels in the same manner as sugar. This creates an insulin response. Insulin is the hormone that turns on and off the muscle’s and fat cell’s ability to either accept the free glucose or not. Unfortunately, insulin also prevents triglycerides from breaking down and allowing the fatty acids to fuel the body from stored fats (triglycerides are glycerol attached to three fatty acids – glycerol is the by product of glucose use by the body). Sugars and carbs (by the very nature of their effect on insulin) are both not ideal for the body.

  5. Even worse, worsening…..

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