Glucose syrup: is it really dangerous for our health?

We have always heard a lot about glucose syrup, a product a lot of people demonize: someone thinks it is carcinogenic.

Glucose syrup is one of the most used products in the food industry to substitute sugar. It is used to make many confectionery products, both to control their degree of sweetness (glucose syrup is actually less sweet than sugar and many fruits) or to increase the compactness and density of some foods. However, over the years people have started to demonize it, claiming it is dangerous for our health. Let’s try to understand more about it.

Is glucose syrup carcinogenic?

This sweetener does not increase the risk of cancer. You should consume sugars in moderation, but you should not eliminate them from your diet.

There actually are sweeteners that have a lower risk for the health, but this does not mean that you should completely eliminate glucose syrup from the list of foods you can consume. The key word is always the same: moderation.

Its overuse exposes to a greater risk of contracting certain diseases: among the side effects of glucose syrup, if consumed excessively, there are obesity and overweight, diabetes, and heart diseases.

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How to make glucose syrup at home

In order to prepare this sweetener, you only need 300g of sugar, 150ml of water and 2 tablespoons of lemon juice. Mix the ingredients in a saucepan and melt the sugar over low heat, stirring constantly.

Once the sugar has melt, let the mixture simmer for 10 minutes to obtain a liquid texture. Remember that the homemade glucose syrup should be used immediately after its preparation, so that it is easier to use.

Glucose syrup: how to use it

There are many food preparations that benefit from the use of this type of sweetener. For example, you can add it to jams to take advantage of its preservative properties. While you can use it to reduce the sweetness of too sugary fruits in sweets and desserts.

Moreover, glucose syrup is a fundamental ingredient to make sugar paste, which is popular in cake design. That is not all: glucose is the most important ingredient to make all the candies we used to love when we were children. It is useful to keep them always soft and tasty.

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03-01-2019

Nicoletta Chiara Romano