Cracking open another soda? Swallowing a glass of orange juice with breakfast? How about biting into a stacked sandwich on two slices of whole wheat? Did you just pour spaghetti sauce over warm pasta? Or dip fries in ketchup? Are you enjoying a crisp salad drizzled with raspberry vinaigrette?
Most of the foods listed above have one thing in common: high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). Sure, the soda and juice are obvious, but did you know that ketchup, salad dressing, and spaghetti sauce are also significant sources of sugar and, in many cases, high fructose corn syrup?
So, what’s the big deal—it’s just sugar, right? Wrong. High fructose corn syrup health risks go beyond those associated with cane sugar.
High Fructose Corn Syrup Health Risks
1. Sugar in any form causes obesity and disease—especially at the high doses currently consumed on average by the population at large. The consumption of HFCS among Americans is approximately 60 pounds per year. Before sugar of any kind became a staple in the food supply (i.e., long before the Industrial Revolution) the average person consumed a mere 20 teaspoons a year. At such high doses—whether it is cane sugar or high fructose corn syrup—health is seriously harmed. Sugar and HFCS in the food supply are major contributors to the disease and obesity that currently plague the globe.
2. HFCS is not biochemically identical or processed the same way by the body as cane sugar. The corn industry likes to tell people that sugar is sugar and the effects are the same, whether it is HFCS or cane sugar. But, this simply is not true. HFCS is an industrial food product, not a naturally occurring substance. And, inside the body, HFCS can be rapidly absorbed by your system—even faster than cane sugar. Because it is made with fructose, it goes straight to the liver, triggering the production of fats like triglycerides and cholesterol. This effect is known as lipogenesis and is a major cause of liver damage in the U.S. HFCS also contributes to major spikes in blood sugar levels and has been shown to “punch holes” in the intestinal lining of the gut, leading to an inflammation response that contributes to diabetes, cancer, and obesity.
3. HFCS contains toxic contaminants, including mercury. An FDA researcher tested large vats of HFCS to be used in soda, only to discover it contained dangerous levels of mercury due to the chlor-alkali used for the manufacturing process.
4. HFCS is just another “food-like” substance. HFCS is a “poster food” for poor-quality, nutritionally depleted, processed industrial food. It is full of empty calories and artificial ingredients. A food item that lists “high fructose corn syrup” as an ingredient is not a whole, real, fresh food full of fiber, vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, or antioxidants—no matter what the clever marketing on the package may imply.
The corn industry has worked very hard to change public opinion by suggesting that nutritional experts, researchers, and physicians endorse HFCS or, at the very least, believe it is no different from sugar. Many times, the words of these experts are taken out of context when pulled from online literature or comments. Neither HFCS nor sugar has a place in your diet—that much experts do agree upon. Both are addictive substances that contribute to adverse health conditions and disease, like diabetes, cancer, obesity, and hormone imbalance.
If HFCS and sugar are fixtures in your diet and you are ready for a change, contact the biostation. Nutritional guidance, supplements, nutraceuticals, and bioidentical hormone therapy can help you reclaim your health and maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle—free from sugar cravings.
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