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FOODPICKER: Diabetes Q&A
Diabetes Q&A (Questions & Answers) allows people with diabetes to ask health professionals questions free of charge.

E-mail your diabetes related questions to:  diabetes@foodpicker.org

Q. What's all the hype about high fructose corn syrup?  Isn't it just another sugar?

A. High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is a sweetener processed by converting glucose into fructose in cornstarch.  Both glucose and fructose are types of sugar.

HFCS is commonly found in soda, sweetened cereals, baked goods, and other processed foods.  It has become popular in processed foods since it is cheaper than table sugar and it helps to extend the shelf life of products.

The hype about HFCS is whether it causes weight gain.

A recent study from Princeton University found that rats given HFCS gained significantly more weight compared to rats given table sugar even though the amount of calories consumed were the same.

Everyone, not just people with diabetes, should limit foods containing high fructose corn syrup and other added sugar.  These "empty calorie" foods tend to be high in calories and low in other nutrients.

Christine Carlson, MS, RD, BC-ADM, CDE
FOODPICKER® Nutrition Director


Previous E-mails to Christine (FOODPICKER® Nutrition Director)

A1c:  What should my A1c level be?

Acai Berry:  Is all the hype over acai berry for real, is it worth the high cost?

Alcohol:  Can I have wine with dinner?

Apple:  How many sugars are in an apple?

Carbohydrate:  Carbohydrate or calories?

Chromium:  Should I be taking Chromium?

Diabetes:  Can you reverse diabetes?

Diabetes:  Can you reverse pre-diabetes?

Dining Out:  We eat out a lot.  Could you give us some suggestions for Japanese and Chinese?

Dreamfields Pasta:  How does Dreamfields pasta count carbohydrates?

Fiber:  Which items are the best for fiber?

Flax:  Should I add ground flax seed to my meal plan?

Food Exchanges:  Can you explain food exchanges?

Frozen Shoulder:  Do my symptoms sound like frozen shoulder?

Fruit:  What is the difference between canned and fresh fruits?

Fruit Juice:  What can I drink instead of water?

Fruit Sugar:  Which fruits would be a better choice for me to eat?

Glucose Test:  My glucose tolerance test was at 105 - how high/low is that compared to acceptable levels?

Gluten:  Should I be eating gluten free products?

HFCS:  What's all the hype with High Fructose Corn Syrup?

High Blood Pressure:  What should I order when eating out to limit sodium?

High Blood Sugar:  My blood sugar levels have been running between 475 to 575.

High Cholesterol:  In addition to having diabetes I have high cholesterol.  What can I order?

Hunger:  What do you advise when I find myself, always, hungry and most of the time ravenous?

Margerine or Butter:  Why unhealthy margarine instead of butter?

Nuts:  What kind of nuts should I buy?

Olean:  Where I can buy Olean and what brands of food have it?

Pre-Diabetes:  What are Pre-Diabetes lifestyle changes?

Pre-Diabetes:  Newly diagnosed w/ Pre-Diabetes... where do I start?

Pre-Diabetes:  Do people with Pre-Diabetes have the same symptoms as those with Type 1 and Type 2?

Snacking:  How do I avoid overeating when I'm bored?

Stevia:  Are Stevia sweeteners safe for someone who has diabetes?

Sugar Alcohol:  What is the difference between sugar and sugar alcohols?

Tomatoes:  Will tomatoes cause an increase in blood sugar levels?

Type 2:  What should I do if I've just been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes?

Weight Loss:  How do I lose weight?

FOODPICKER® is a program designed to help people with diabetes make better food choices.  Our hope is that people consider the foods they consume and how they can burn them off with exercise for good health.  We embrace the guidelines put forth by the American Diabetes Association as well as the American Dietetic & American Heart Associations.  This website is completely free and brought to you by volunteers in the health care field.


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