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Five Health Dangers of High Fructose Corn Syrup

October 7, 2010

It’s no secret that high fructose corn syrup is detrimental to your health. Unfortunately, it’s also no secret that it has replaced other forms of sugar in a disturbingly large number of manufactured foods. Even worse is that most high fructose corn syrup is made from genetically modified corn.

Since the late 1980s, HFCS has replaced regular table sugar, honey, and similar sweeteners in practically everything. Prolonged consumption of HFCS is now the topic of much debate and we are learning that it can cause long-term damage to the body.

A number of studies conducted over the past few decades indicates that consumption of HFCS is connected with a wide range of health concerns. Here are a few of the more important health dangers of high fructose corn syrup you should know about.

Significant Risk of Weight Gain & Obesity

The list of studies that show HFCS to cause increased weight gain over other forms of sweeteners is much to long to put into this post. One of the better, and more recent ones, was conducted at Princeton University, and found that rats that were fed HFCS gained fat 300% more quickly than those fed an equal (or slightly larger) dose of fruit-derived sugar.

Increased Risk of Developing Type-2 Diabetes

Over the years, consumption of high-fructose corn syrup can lead to a huge increase in the likelihood of developing diabetes. The worst part about it is how easily this life-long condition can be avoided in most cases. Excessive amounts of soda, energy drinks and junk-food simply aren’t worth losing a foot or going blind or harming your children.

Hypertension and Elevated “Bad” Cholesterol Levels

High-fructose doesn’t just make your body fat. It makes your heart fat too. There is a strong link between the irresponsible consumption of high fructose corn syrup and elevated triglyceride and HDL (bad cholesterol) levels. Together these can cause arterial plague build-up and eventually lead to dangerous heart conditions including hypertension, heart disease, and even stroke.

High Fructose Corn Syrup & Long-Term Liver Damage

This is a big one that a lot people overlook. Like anything else you eat or drink, HFCS is processed by your liver, gallbladder and kidneys. And it’s especially destructive to your liver. When combined with a sedentary lifestyle, permanent liver scarring can occur. This greatly diminishes the organ’s ability to process out toxins and, over time, can lead to an expansive range of other negative health concerns. Another study suggests that HFCS may also cause fatty liver.

Mercury Exposure from HFCS

Even if you were already aware of previously mentioned risks associated with corn syrup, there’s a good chance that you didn’t know it also often loaded with alarmingly high levels of mercury. In a study conducted just last year they found mercury in over 50 percent of the samples tested. Mercury exposure can result in irreversible brain and nervous system damage – especially in young, growing bodies. This is especially worrisome with the abundance of HFCS in children-target foodstuffs.

There are alternatives. If you really need a sweetener, try honey.

From an original article 5 Health Dangers of High Fructose Corn Syrup.

The other bad one is palm oil. Palm oil is bad for the planet bad for our health. Palm oil is high in saturated fat. And by high I mean very high. Hog lard (ie pig fat) 38% saturated fat, palm oil 45% saturated fat! Palm oil is a contributor of Type-2 Diabetes.

Food manufacturers bulk out their foods with fructose, corn starch, palm oil and salt. They do so because these ingredients are cheap. Good for their profit but bad for our health.

Coke is fizzy water sweetened with fructose. Quality peanut butter should be ground peanuts and nothing else, possibly a little added sea salt. Cheap peanut butter is padded out with sugar and palm oil.

Also see

A sweet problem: Princeton researchers find that high-fructose corn syrup prompts considerably more weight gain

Soda Warning? High-Fructose Corn Syrup Linked To Diabetes, New Study Suggests

High-Fructose Corn Syrup May Raise Bad Cholesterol Levels

High Fructose Corn Syrup Linked to Liver Scarring, Research Suggests

Comparison of free fructose and glucose to sucrose in the ability to cause fatty liver

Mercury from chlor-alkali plants: measured concentrations in food product sugar

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