High Fructose Corn Syrup- SAFE?


Do you know the facts about High Fructose Corn Syrup? There are new ads on TV by the Corn Refiner Association that makes you believe that it is perfectly safe. Check out their website: http://www.sweetsurprise.com/

But be sure to BE INFORMED. Look up at least three sites to verify information! Another site to check out is: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?term=high%20fructose%20corn%20syrup .

Here is an article from pubmed.gov related to High Fructose Corn Syrup and Soft Drinks.

World J Gastroenterol. 2010 Jun 7;16(21):2579-88.

Soft drinks consumption and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.

Nseir W, Nassar F, Assy N.


Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is a common clinical condition which is associated with metabolic syndrome in 70% of cases. Inappropriate dietary fat intake, excessive intake of soft drinks, insulin resistance and increased oxidative stress combine to increase free fatty acid delivery to the liver, and increased hepatic triglyceride accumulation contributes to fatty liver. Regular soft drinks have high fructose corn syrup which contains basic sugar building blocks, fructose 55% and glucose 45%. Soft drinks are the leading source of added sugar worldwide, and have been linked to obesity, diabetes, and metabolic syndrome. The consumption of soft drinks can increase the prevalence of NAFLD independently of metabolic syndrome. During regular soft drinks consumption, fat accumulates in the liver by the primary effect of fructose which increases lipogenesis, and in the case of diet soft drinks, by the additional contribution of aspartame sweetener and caramel colorant which are rich in advanced glycation end products that potentially increase insulin resistance and inflammation. This review emphasizes some hard facts about soft drinks, reviews fructose metabolism, and explains how fructose contributes to the development of obesity, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and NAFLD.

PMCID: PMC2880768 Free PMC Article PMID: 20518077 [PubMed – in process]Click here to read Click here to read

If you have weight issues, I strongly encourage you to learn what you can about HFCS try this website. You might want to try to lessen the foods you eat that contain HFCS and see for yourself if it makes a difference.

Taking charge of your own health will help you have good health. We have so many foods to choose from that we now live in a world where we need to be informed. We no longer can assume that all foods available to us are healthy for us. The media is there to sell a product and many of the marketing practices do not tell the Whole Truth. You can make educated decisions that will give you Good Health.

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