Ulcerative Colitis and High Fructose Corn Syrup

Adam from ihaveucMany people find themselves wondering what they can and can’t eat with UC. Or better yet, what is good and what is bad for their ulcerative colitis. So, the hope is this posting will give you an idea with good old High Fructose Corn Syrup and your UC.

One thing is for sure, high fructose corn syrup is very hard to avoid in our modern world. Unless you are living way off the grid, this stuff(HFCS) is getting thrown in your face all day everyday. There are all kinds of reasons for that which I won’t get into(as many of the reasons are based around the old $). So, what’s the deal with this new food(if you want to call it that)???)

High fructose corn syrup is derived from corn, but its not corn. Its chemically altered and tastes sweet. Its also very easy to manufacture in large quantities, and its cheaper than honey and other more natural sweetners. That’s one of the major reasons why it has invaded our world.

For me, I don’t eat high fructose corn syrup anymore. Save the few times where I mistakenly allow it to invade my diet when out to a restaurant or away from the house. But by and large, I avoid it like the plague.

Since changing my diet back in August 2009, cutting out HFCS and some other thigns, has allowed my ulcerative colitis to go to sleep on the symptoms side and quite possibly made me a much healthier person.

Now, here is an example of how things used to be for me with the high fructose corn syrup:
Back before I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, I would often drink soft drinks like root beer, Coke (coca cola), Fanta, Dr. Pepper, and sprite and 7-Up. All of which are packed full with high fructose corn syrup. TONS OF IT in every can. And for some reason, one which I didn’t understand at the time, I would always have a stomach ache, or at least quite often after chugging down a can of one of those drinks. I would always just think as a child that it was from the carbonation. I thought the bubbles were messing with my insides, and maybe that is also true. But now, I am convinced that it was the high fructose corn syrup which was actually messing me up.

Do I think the corn syrup was the complete cause for me coming down with 5 plus years of ulcerative colitis symptoms and an eventual “SEVERE UC” diagnosis after the colonoscopy? NO!
But, I surely think that it was one of the reasons for the UC getting so out of control I couldn’t deal with it anymore.(Who likes taking 10 plus dumps a day with all kinds of blood and 1 plus rolls of toilet paper every 24 hours?)
Would I recommend for everyone out there to eliminate or at least greatly reduce their high fructose corn syrup intake if possible? Hell Yes.

This is in response to a questions about how much high fructose corn syrup I eat now on this new diet, and I hope it answers your questions.
To all the high fructose corn syrup farmers out there, I wish you well in the long run.

9 thoughts on “Ulcerative Colitis and High Fructose Corn Syrup”

  1. Hey, I have UC, too!

    Excellent article. The SCD plan is fantastic. Homemade yogurt is superior, I make it all the time (oh what everyone is missing!) and Ayurveda as well as TCM are chock-full of century old wisdom they don’t teach in med school. HFCS is indeed forced upon the population (as well as the manufacturers), not only because it sells but because it helps to sell antacids and the treatment of disease (it’s kind of a trillion dollar industry, that effective healthcare system of ours). So if you have a disease, are disease-prone or just own a human body which is evidently disease-prone by default, I say this about HFCS: why risk it? Drive to Whole Foods.

    1. how do you make your homemade yogurt? My son age 11 has UC and we are trying to find new foods to eat. where do you get the probiotics from to put in your yogurt?
      Thank you

  2. Hey Adam!
    I never actually realised that the sugar in 7up was High Fructose Corn Syrup!
    I’ve been avoiding everything with or made from corn (except for cheating with popcorn when I went to the cinema a few weeks ago) but i’ve been drinking TONS of 7up! probably about 6 cans a day, and only take my meds with 7up!

    This has definately opened my eyes a lot, I’ll have to start cutting down and eventually cut it completely out of my diet!

    Thanks for the heads up!

    1. You can buy Mexican Coca-Cola, Fanta and Sprite in most supermarkets and sometimes at Home Depot (by the case). They are made with sugar.

  3. UC "Survivor" Since 3/20/11

    Hospitalized on my birthday this year (March 20th), I had the same soda problem as you. I considered myself the Larry Hagman of Coca Cola. First one around 9am and that’s all I’d drink until bed….for about 15 years or so. I can’t say I was on the throne 10 times a day, but I had lost so much blood that I needed a transfusion upon being admitted to the hospital. Since I took an interest in researching HFCS, I’ve noticed that just about EVERYTHING I used to eat had this garbage in it. I’m surprised it’s in things like plain white bread. You’re right. We’ve been invaded by this stuff.

    Anyway, good article. Keep up the good fight, man!

  4. Hello there i hav uc and this is the 4th time ive been hospitalised and still here on heavy doses of megdications my body is getting swelled day by day having cramp goinv through alot of pain even wanted to go for surgery but it has its own symptoms those arnt eazy to face bloody stool dozent stops bacteria called ameba is not leaving my body but decreased last option before surgery is infliximap which i agreed had no other options left hope insha Allah other ppl with uc get better my prayers are with everyone just keep on tight and try to have lots of bananas thts not eazy i know but help urself live for others hav a postive mind dont stressup it will make you worse. Fahadiz@windowslive.com

  5. You are absolutely right. After going through the series of medications with mixed results, I committed myself to the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (cutting out HFCS is a component of it) in 2001. I saw a major reduction in my colitis symptoms within a week on the SCD and stayed with it for close to 4 years before slowly re-introducing “normal” foods. Without the dedication and culinary creativity of my wife to make great foods within the SCD guidelines, I don’t think I could have done it without esorting to eating simple bland foods for years…

    My doctor, at first, claimed there was no link between UC and food, but later altered his view a bit and asked me about my diet after he read some research showing a link between HFCS and UC. It’s December 2012 now, and I have been completely UC symptom-free since probably 2002, without any medication. Since about 2005, the only thing I avoid is High Fructose Corn Syrup. It isn’t as tough as you think once you have some practice shopping at the grocery store and ordering at restaurants (tell the waiter you have a food allergy and can’t have HFCS – they usually get real concerned and double check ingredients with the kitchen for you).

    Another data point for you… A friend of mine at work has a son who suffered with major UC symptoms while in college, away from home. I talked to his son about the SCD and stressed that, at minimum, he avoid HFCS. About 4 years later, I am happy to report that his son is doing much better now that he cut out HFCS.

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