More on High Fructose Corn Syrup

Dr. David Williams, an Alternative Health doctor for 25 yrs., has been researching health issues. This is an article from his News Letter, Alternatives.

  • High Fructose Corn Syrup Isn’t So Sweet
  • But What About Fruit?
  • No Room for Dessert?
  • Unhealthy “AGEing”
  • How Sweet It Isn’t
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High Fructose Corn Syrup Isn’t So Sweet

As Americans (and the rest of the world’s people) keep getting heavier and heavier, the health care industry continually looks for ways to turn around the current trend of obesity. However, one of the big changes to modern diets that has remained largely unaddressed is the addition of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS).

Starting as a cost-saving measure in the early 1970s, manufacturers begin to substitute this fructose for sugar in processed foods such as soda and candy, but they didn’t stop there. Nowadays, it’s even plentiful in foods labeled as “natural” and “healthy”-including many types of bread, whole-grain cereals, fruit juices, energy bars, spaghetti sauces, and an endless variety of snacks. If you eat any processed foods-and we all do-it’s practically impossible to avoid all HFCS-sweetened products.

BUT WHAT ABOUT FRUIT?

At one time, fructose was thought to be a healthy sugar substitute, since it’s the same type of sugar found in fruits and some vegetables, and doesn’t seem to raise blood sugar levels or insulin secretion following ingestion.

What makes this unfortunate is that the manufacturers’ claims about fructose are only half-right. It’s true that fructose consumed in fresh, whole fruits doesn’t cause spikes in blood sugar. While the sweetness in fruits is from fructose, this sugar is present in only very small amounts and nature binds it with complex plant fibers and other nutrients and minerals. As such, fructose-containing fruits (and vegetables) help prevent cardiovascular disease and other health problems.

But research has revealed that when fructose is extracted from the fruit and used in processed foods, it acts just like sucrose…if not worse! When you ingest fructose, rather than staying in the bloodstream like sugar, it gets shuttled directly to your liver. In the liver, it becomes one of the building blocks of triglycerides, which are fat-storage molecules. Triglycerides are released into the bloodstream, carried by LDL cholesterol, and deposited in fat cells. Research has shown that one of the quickest ways to raise triglyceride levels in animals is to feed them a diet high in fructose. (It’s important to note that the amount of fructose given to animals in the experiment was comparable to that now found in the diet of many Americans).

Although HFCS is less-than-ideal nutrition for humans and animals, to say the least, it apparently is the substance of choice for pancreatic cancer cells, according to new research. Cancer cells fed both glucose and fructose consumed both kinds of sugar, but “can readily metabolize fructose to increase proliferation,” scientists from the University of California Los Angeles said in the August issue of the journal Cancer Research. On the upside, the researchers assert that cancer growth could be disrupted by cancer patients reducing their fructose intake. I recommend everyone take that advice.

NO ROOM FOR DESSERT?

Another adverse effect of HFCS is that it impairs your body’s ability to recognize when it is full, significantly contributing to the risk of being overweight or obese. Studies from the University of Pennsylvania demonstrate this idea beyond just a theory and unveil the exact mechanism of how this process takes place.

As I mentioned before, fructose doesn’t stimulate an increase in insulin the way most sugars do-a side effect HFCS producers would like to market as a benefit. However, it also does not cause an increase in the hormone leptin that plays a key role in regulating appetite and metabolism. The problem is that increases in these substances signal the body’s central nervous system to stop eating. In addition to fructose not stimulating these natural body cues induced by insulin and leptin, fructose boosts the level of another related hormone, ghrelin, which enhances the desire to eat more. In simple terms, fructose completely disrupts your body’s natural ability to tell when you’re satisfied and should stop eating-which ultimately leads to weight gain and obesity.

UNHEALTHY “AGEing”

Consuming HFCS has another serious downside. A couple of years ago, I wrote about the process called glycation, where sugar combines with various amino acids in your body to create what are referred to as advanced glycation end products (AGEs).

AGEs are thought to be permanent, and they accumulate throughout the body, accelerating the aging process and causing all kinds of problems. AGEs result in cataracts, blockages in blood vessels, kidney problems, and possibly even Alzheimer’s disease. Given what you’ve read up till now, it probably doesn’t surprise you that high levels of HFCS contribute to increased levels of glycation in the body.

HOW SWEET IT ISN’T

Thankfully, it appears as if the general public is starting to see the light when it comes to what high fructose intake is doing to their bodies. The best evidence of this is that the manufacturers of HFCS appear to be running scared, to the point that the Corn Refiners Association launched a nationally aired TV advertising campaign to try and convince the public that HFCS is “fine in moderation.”

Luckily, many people aren’t buying it, and some are even making their own parodies of the ads. Check out these two videos below to see for yourself. The first video is one of the actual commercials produced by the Corn Refiners Association. The second one is a clever parody, and one that I think more accurately describes the health effects of HFCS.

“Two Bites”-Corn Refiners Association

“Two Bites”-Parody

Do yourself a favor by not listening to the HFCS spin and eliminating the sweets now.

Until next time,
dwsig
Dr. David Williams

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