Ask your nutritionist: Glucose-fructose in syrup


Marija Đurković
You’ve probably come across the term in the packaging of a variety of products – from mules to ketchup to pastries. glucose-fructose syrup. What kind of syrup is it and should we avoid this ingredient? We asked nutritionist Marija Đurković this question.

High Fructose Corn Syrup or HFCS (High Fructose Corn Syrup) is often used in the food industry because it is cheaper and sweeter than regular sugar and extends the shelf life of processed foods.

They are obtained from corn starch, in which part of the glucose, added by enzymes, is converted into fructose in a ratio of 55:45, which is 55% fructose and 45% glucose. This makes it much sweeter than sugar because fructose is sweeter than glucose, and in plain sugar, fructose and glucose are 50:50 in proportion.

Glucose-fructose syrup is healthier than sugar!

Fructose goes directly to the liver, where it triggers lipogenesis – the production of triglycerides, which is the leading cause of liver damage, called “liver fat”. Fructose affects the liver in the same way as alcohol. On the other hand, it raises the level of insulin in the blood, making diabetes, insulin resistance, hypertension, high cholesterol and the like more common.

Read the instructions, and avoid products that contain glucose-fructose syrup.

Also read … You asked the nutritionist: Healthier sweets – which one should I choose?

Marija Đurković is a nutritionist by profession. He graduated from the Medical School of Vocational Studies in Belgrade and then attended a course organized by the Vojvodina Leisure and Fitness Association and obtained a certificate as a nutrition and supplement nutrition and fitness consultant. In December 2017, he opened a nutrition consulting center in Nova Pazova, where many of his clients have gone from desire to goal. Maria hopes that all of them will bring a passion for healthy eating and healthy living habits from the counseling center. As of July 1, 2020, the counseling center will operate elsewhere in Block A of New Belgrade.

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