Better Body Clinical Nutrition


Fructose & High-Fructose Corn Syrup

Monday, October 30, 2023 10:23 AM

Taken from the book “Staying Healthy with Nutrition.”

By Elson M. Haas, MD

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This is a natural sugar found in many fruits and honey. It is twice as sweet as sucrose, or cane sugar, and is now being used more frequently as a sweetener. It is available in bulk as well as being used in candies, preserves, ice cream, and “natural” beverage drinks and ices. The health food industry often uses fructose instead of sucrose. It seems to stimulate blood sugar and pancreatic insulin less rapidly than glucose (part of sucrose) and is absorbed more slowly. Still, too much fructose can be just as hard on our blood sugar level as too much table sugar or corn syrup. Fructose is basically safe in small amounts, as are most of the simple sugars. When used in excess, however, all sugars seem to affect the emotional, mental, and physical states of the user. It is best to use fructose and other sugars moderately and to consume more natural fruits and vegetables to obtain simple carbohydrates.

JOCELYNE’S NOTE - The carbohydrates found in fruits and vegetables are complex carbohydrates. It is complex because it takes more steps to bread down into pure sugar as opposed to sugar which is straight sugar and goes immediately into your system.


This kind of syrup is highly processed and as mentioned above is much sweeter than regular sugar. The problem with this sort of sugar is that we can consume a large amount of it and never get the feeling of being full (satiated) therefore it is very easy to consume a large amount way above what would be healthy to consume.

In my opinion it is best to consume a different kind of sugar and avoid High Fructose Corn Syrup altogether but if you do, monitor your consumption and limit it to a very small amount.