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Does High Fructose Corn Syrup contain GMOs?

A:Expert Answer

Some high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is made using corn produced through biotechnology.  It depends on which type of corn is delivered to the various production facilities. However, research demonstrates that HFCS made from biotech corn is essentially the same as HFCS made from conventional corn. Furthermore, the genetically modified DNA or protein is degraded during the process that breaks corn down into HFCS, which makes the genetically modified DNA or protein undetectable. Crops modified through biotechnology may also be used in the production of beet sugar.


The use of genetically modified corn in our food supply is safe for people and our environment. Many prestigious scientific organizations around the world, including the National Academy of Sciences and the World Health Organization, agree that crop biotechnology is safe. Biotech traits used by corn farmers have undergone rigorous safety tests and have been widely grown for many years. GMO corn allows farmers to use fewer chemicals and produce more on less land, which is not only good for the environment, but also helps keep our food affordable and available and is important to food security for a growing global population. 

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WheatLover's picture

Good question. It is accurate to say that a lot of (or pretty much all) High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) comes from GMO corn. However whether the HFCS contains GMO is less clear. HFCS is made when the extracted corn syrup, which is the pure simple-sugar Glucose, has a specific enzyme introduced to it. The enzyme converts some of the Glucose into Fructose, another simple sugar. Normally this combination of Glucose and Fructose would be known as Sucrose, which is the scientific name of the sugar that you would keep in your cabinet for cooking. Because of the physical nature of molecules, there should be no DNA in the HFCS, thus it should technically not be classified as Genetically Modified.

For more information I would suggest that you look at this similar question about Sugar Beets that was answered recently

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