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You’ve heard all the talks about high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) in the media over the past year. There are the food companies who say that high fructose corn syrup is natural because it’s derived from corn, a natural vegetable. Then there are the natural food advocates are saying that this substance (which is engineered from corn and not natural at all) is a lethal weapon in our food system.

Getting to the core of the issue can be confusing, but there are studies on how high fructose corn syrup affects us and there are the actual bodies out there to prove that this substance is definitely harmful to our bodies. Here’s a breakdown on some of the dangerous effects of high fructose corn syrup:

All Sugars Are Not Created Equal

There’s a huge debate between table sugar and high fructose corn syrup. The truth is that these sugars are not the same. HFCS contains twice as many molecules of sweetener than table sugar because of the way HFCS is processed. America has some of the sweetest sodas and candies in the world because of HFCS and no wonder people have an increased desire to consume these products more than regular table sugar.