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Ulijaszek, and Ventura (60) shows that HFCS can cause diabetes especially due to the high amount of free-floating fructose contained in it. This sweetener does not have any nutritional value apart from calories and sugar. Research by Stanhope et al(1600) shows that excessive consumption of HFCS in human increases the accumulation of visceral fat, decreases the sensitivity of insulin, and leads to impaired regulation of triglycerides and cholesterol. All these factors may lead to the development of heart disease as well as type-2 diabetes. Increased consumption of HFCS is also associated with high blood pressure. A study by Bocarsly et al(104) on the link between High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) on obesity on rats show high triglyceride levels, body fat, and body weight. The results are the same for both sucrose and HFCS and therefore it cannot be concluded that HFCS is the sole contributing factor in obesity. However, increased consumption of HFCS will definitely lead to weight gain and obesity (Bray 540). But there are other factors that lead to such health issues, high fructose corn syrup cannot be blamed.Considering the fact that the high fructose corn syrup is used in most beverages and foods, moderation is not really an option. However, there are other alternatives that can be used to minimize the intake of fructose and other sugars in human bodies. Food production industries
Surname 4should consider using natural sweeteners for their products instead of high fructose corn syrup. The best alternative for HFCS is sweeteners with low-calorie content and natural flavors. Some healthy alternatives may include Brown Rice Syrup which is obtained from ground and cooked brown rice. Grinding and cooking are meant to convert the starch in the brown rice to maltose. Date sugar which is obtained of natural dates that are ground and dehydrated. Agave Nectar can also be a better alternative for HFCS. It is obtained from agave cactus juice.