High Fructose Corn Syrup is naturally occurring sugar? Are you nutz or just joking? If it was natural sugar, don't you think they would just call it sugar? It's engineered in a lab.
"Well, two young men, Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis, decided to grow their own corn crops and create their very own high fructose corn syrup. After asking several companies how to make it, they finally received a detailed instructional recipe for high fructose corn syrup. Their ingredient list included: corn, water, sulfuric acid, alpha-amylase, glucoamylase, and glucose isomerase.
Now, corn and water are absolutely "normal" foods to consume. Alpha-amylase is used in the process of breaking the bonds between glucose monomers in the cornstarch. Glucoamylase, like alpha-amylase, is an enzyme. It may actually provide health benefits, mostly for those who suffer from gastrointestinal problems. Glucose isomerase allows for the process of isomerization, in which glucose is converted to fructose. The sweetness of high fructose corn syrup may be at least partially attributed to this process. Unlike the aforementioned ingredients, sulfuric acid is a very strong, highly corrosive chemical. It is found in car battery acid and certain household items, such as detergent and toilet bowl cleaner.
Additionally sulfuric acid, as you've likely guessed, is highly poisonous to the body. Symptoms from swallowing sulfuric acid include though are not limited to: breathing difficulty due to swelling of the throat, fever, rapidly lowered blood pressure, vomiting with blood and vision loss. If these are the symptoms which occur from swallowing pure sulfuric acid, one can only imagine its deleterious effects on the human body from consuming it in the form of high fructose corn syrup for months or years of time.
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