High Fructose Corn Syrup Vs Corn Syrup Solids What's The Difference - FearlessFatLossRecently I received a question from Mike through the Fearless Fat Loss contact form, asking if high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) and corn syrup solids are the same thing, and if they are both “just as bad for us”.

This is a great question and I mentioned in my reply that I might just turn this into a post eventually, but now that it’s on my mind here it is!

Corn syrup, corn syrup solids, and high fructose corn syrup (as well as crystalline fructose) are all made from corn, and bottom line, all are sugar. So, first off, because they’re sugar, my opinion is that they are all damaging to your health, just because sugar is so damaging.

Each of these ingredients will give you cravings for more sugar, and foods that list high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, or fructose as one of their top 4 ingredients are overeating traps. These ingredients actually interfere with a hormone that tells your brain that you’re full! Therefore, it’s very common to overeat on foods that contain HFCS (or even the latter two).

Actually, in my experience, it’s easy to overeat on foods that contain any kind of processed sugar, or even foods high in natural sugar. The difference with HFCS, corn syrup, and fructose is that they stop the communication between your stomach and your brain until it’s too late and you’ve already overeaten.

High Fructose Corn Syrup vs Corn Syrup Solids – What’s the Difference?

I wrote a previous post regarding corn syrup solids, but it wasn’t on the topic of how it compared to high fructose corn syrup. So, I did some more research to find out just how different corn syrup solids are from high fructose corn syrup, which meant getting into how they are made. Here’s what I found out:

  • Corn syrup solids contain dextrose sugar. Dextrose sugar is 3/4 as sweet as sucrose (cane or beet) sugar.
  • Another name for corn syrup solids is corn syrup powder. This is interesting, I thought it was a liquid, but it’s not!
  • Corn syrup solids are manufactured from corn syrup liquid through a process that removes 97% of the water from the liquid.
  • High fructose corn syrup is made from corn syrup through an enzymatic action that converts the dextrose sugar (in the corn syrup) into fructose sugar. HFCS is sweeter than corn syrup, which is why you find it in so many foods both processed and fast food, and especially sodas (the corn syrup isn’t sweet enough to be used in sodas).
  • There are further processes that are run depending on the percentage of fructose desired in the high fructose corn syrup.

To sum up, corn syrup solids are in a powder form, HFCS is a liquid. Corn syrup solids are not as sweet as HFCS, however it’s all sugar in the end. Corn syrup solids are dextrose sugar, and high fructose corn syrup is fructose sugar. It’s all sugar, though!

If you don’t have a problem with sugar cravings, sugar binging, sugar addiction, or food abuse of foods containing these ingredients, then you shouldn’t have a problem eating in moderation the foods that contain them. However, I wouldn’t say that they are healthy, since they don’t contain any nutrients, and sugar creates so many problems in the body.

If you would like to learn even more about the manufacturing process of corn syrup, check out this link. It’s a long read, but quiet interesting, especially the first paragraph that states that corn syrup is used to:

“provide an acceptable taste to sealable envelopes, stamps, and aspirins.”

Wow, that’s very interesting. Is that why George’s fiancé (Seinfeld) died from licking all of those envelopes? In all seriousness though, did you know that corn syrup was added to these products?!

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