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By advertising that HFCS is "just like sugar", corn refiners have created alot of confusion. This has made it very difficult for most people to understand how it's different than sugar.  The truth is that an increasing number of scientific studies are implicating high fructose corn syrup as a risk factor for hypertensionmetabolic syndrome, diabetes, obesity and uric acid in men.

And that's not all. Case reports and anecdotal evidence link high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) to mucus hypersecretion of the airways, auto-immune reactivity, chronic bronchitis, chronic eustachian tube dysfunction, and asthma. For more than 15 years pediatricians and the medical community have heard reports of the link, yet it remains medically unrecognized and unresearched. Fructose malabsorption (FM), a condition thought to underlie the link between HFCS and many of the pro-inflammatory symptoms observed, has not been adequately researched in children. The little research that has been done suggests children are at increased risk of FM and its consequences.

We are now consuming on average just under one pound per person, per week, every week of HFCS. Scientific studies of the effects of excess-free-fructose [as occurs in HFCS] and fructose malabsorption in adults are being ignored. Research indicates that more than 30% of individuals are unable to properly absorb excess-free-fructose at current levels of  consumption. It's effects beyond abdominal pain, gas, bloating and interference with absorption remain unresearched. The FDA gave Generally Regarded As Safe (GRAS) status to HFCS 55 - not to the 65% fructose levels found [by independent labs] in major brands of soda. 

Asthma researchers are confounded by the significant and continuously rising rates of asthma, particularly in minority children. Given our steady improvements in air quality, and lower smoking rates, asthma levels should be going down, not up.  Researchers speculate there is something else in the environment that is likely driving up these rates. They just don't know what. Yet, case reports of the link between high fructose corn syrup, auto-immune reactivity and asthma remain medically unrecognized and unresearched. 

Lastly, we started the new year (2013) with yet another report that links HFCS to obesity. Researchers have studied brain scans after glucose consumption and compared them with brain scans after fructose consumption. They found that the region of the brain that regulates satiety does not turn on with fructose as it does with glucose. So if you eat foods containing more fructose than glucose [HFCS], the switch that controls apetite and signals the feeling of being full and satisfied never gets turned on. In other words, on a high fructose [HFCS] diet you will tend to eat more. See the bibliography page at for more links to studies on the science of HFCS, fructose and chronic disease.

With all due respect, we think it's time to revisit whether high fructose corn syrup [HFCS] should continue to be certified as a "Generally Recognized as Safe" food. 


Luanne R.D.Christopher, M.Sc. 

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

New York Medical College


Author of paper - "Consumption of Fructose and High Fructose Corn Syrup: Is Fructositis Triggered Bronchitis, Asthma, & Auto-immune Reactivity Merely a Side Bar in the Etiology of Metabolic Syndrome II (to Be Defined)? – Evidence and a Hypothesis." New York Medical College Library, 2012. Print. You can request a copy using the contact us page at



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