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I am confused about high fructose corn syrup? Do you think it is a good sweetener?

Unfortunately, names can be deceiving. While corn syrup may originate as corn, its nutrient profile does not resemble corn at all. Unfortunately, corn syrup is basically a storehouse of calories and sugar, and not much else. It is found in so many processed foods, and some researchers feel that its commonplace role in the diets of many people may be anything but beneficial. While it is from a whole, natural food, I don't consider corn syrup to be a whole, natural food and avoid it when I can. The body supposedly does not process high fructose corn syrup in the same way it does cane or beet sugar. This not only affects the way that metabolic hormones function, but also causes the liver to send more fat into the bloodstream.