We’ve all heard that high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is bad for us, but a lot of us still don’t understand why. Or, if it’s even true.
To add to the confusion, we’ve also seen the Corn Refiners Association’s $30 million campaign that features commercials in which actors make light of consumers’ concerns. Commercials that try to persuade us that nothing is wrong with HFCS.
That it’s natural and our bodies process it exactly the same as table sugar.
The corn industry even changed the term “high-fructose corn syrup” to “corn sugar,” in hopes that people who are concerned with eating products that contain HFCS will keep buying them.
This informative video addresses the shadiness of this campaign.
SO WHAT IS HFCS ANYWAY?
HFCS is an extremely cheap & highly-processed, concentrated form of fructose. It’s in just about every processed food you can find in your supermarket, including salad dressings. If it’s in a can, jar or package, HFCS is probably in it.
It’s also in fast foods. It’s just about everywhere.
That’s a big part of the problem. Because HFCS is so concentrated and so prevalant, the typical American (& especially our children) are eating and drinking it in massive doses.
IS IT REALLY DANGEROUS?
Yes. It’s a sweetener that you and your family want to avoid.
HFCS has been associated with:
- Overeating (leptin, the hormone which usually tells your body that it’s full, is impaired when HFCS is in your system)
- Weight Gain (probably because you’re overeating)
- Obesity (definitely because you’re overeating)
- Premature Aging
- Metabolic Syndrome
- Insulin resistance
- Depletion of vitamins and minerals
- Elevated blood pressure
- Elevated triglycerides and elevated LDL
- Cardiovascular disease
- Liver disease
- The presence of Mercury The Washington Post | MSNBC
I think that Dr. Joseph Mercola sums up the main concerns with HFCS very well in an article he contributed to “The Huffington Post,” titled “Sugar May Be Bad, But This Sweetener Is Far More Deadly.”
I highly encourage reading it if you want to learn much more about HFCS.
You can also check out this research article from the “Journal of Clinical Investigation” which shows how the consumption of fructose (HFCS is a very concentrated form of fructose) leads to fatty deposits on the body’s organs & decreases insulin sensitivity.
I hope you found this post to be a good primer on HFCS.
Have anything to add? If so, include the source and I’ll include in this post.
You might also want to read 3 Tips for Avoiding High-Fructose Corn Syrup.
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