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Charlene J. Owen, Staff Writer
December 05, 2012

Consuming Too Much High Fructose Corn Syrup May Increase Your Risk for Diabetes Type 2

Being dependent on ready-to-eat foods containing HFCS may mess up your metabolism. By Charlene J. Owen

Type 2 diabetes has unfortunately become a common condition, and it continues to spread due to the things people normally eat.

MedicalNewsToday.com reports that high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), which is a common sweetener in processed food, is one of the main culprits that trigger type 2 diabetes. Countries that have greater consumption of HFCS seem to have more cases of this chronic condition.

Of the 42 countries that have been monitored, the United States ranks top on the list of HFCS consumption. Countries that frequently sue HFCS had a 1.3 percent higher prevalence of type 2 diabetes as compared with other countries who consumed less.

"Most populations have an almost insatiable appetite for sweet foods, but regrettably our metabolism has not evolved sufficiently to be able to process the fructose from high fructose corn syrup in the quantities that some people are consuming it. Although this syrup can be found in many of our processed foods and drinks, this varies enormously from country to country," study co-author Professor Stanley Ulijaszek explains.

Although HFCS in small doses is not much of a health risk, consuming too much of it by constantly eating processed food and drinks may be harmful in the long run. Instead of going for instant meals, munch on delicacies with natural sugar. Also, try your best to maintain a balanced diet for better metabolization.

(Photo by Omar Bariffi via Flickr Creative Commons)

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