High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is an added sugar for foods and drinks. Added sugars are sugars that are not initially in the food or drink. They are added during processing. Their main function is to sweeten what they get added to.
HFCS is a mixture of two sugars, fructose and glucose. It originally comes from corn starch. It is used as an alternative for sucrose, which is table sugar. They are similar, but not the same.
There are two main types of HFCS. One is mainly found in baked goods and processed foods. For example, it is found in candy, canned fruit, and some yogurts. The other is found in sweetened drinks. This can include soda, juice, and iced tea.
The health effects of HFCS are unclear when consumed in moderation. However, too much of any kind of sugar can be harmful.
Talk to your doctor about how you can manage your HFCS consumption.
High fructose corn syrup is sweet, but save it for a treat!