High Fructose Corn Syrup And Obesity
Obesity has reached epidemic proportions in the United States and since its introduction in the 1970’s, HFCS has been the fuel that has tripled the obesity rate. There has been an ongoing fight between the Corn Industry and health care professionals as to what role HFCS actually plays.
The Corn Industry has spent millions of dollars in advertising trying to convince the public that HFCS is a healthy and natural product that has no negative effect on our overall health.
But is this actually true?
Here are some facts that you might find interesting.
Watch the video and you may be shocked at what you hear. Dr. Bob DeMaria sheds light on what high fructose corn syrup actually is and how bad it really is for our health.
The Facts About High Fructose Corn Syrup
High fructose corn syrup is not a natural occurring substance found in nature. Why? It may start off being from corn but since most corn is genetically modified, it loses any natural form it had before. Next, the sugars that are extracted from GMO corn are made from a chemical process that the manufacturer will not publicly release. There is no chemical bond between the fructose and glucose like there is in sugar so the fructose is then more readily absorbed into the blood stream.
So what does that do to your body?
It forces the fructose to head straight for the liver like a bee to honey and once there it triggers the production of bad fats such as triglycerides and cholesterol which is called lipogeneis These fats are raise the levels of HDL in the blood unlike what sugar does.
It also causes unhealthy spikes in insulin which increases metabolic problems in the body such as increased appetite, weight gain, diabetes, heart disease, cancer and even dementia. This has become the major cause of liver damage in the country and it causes a debilitating condition known as Fatty Liver Disease which affects over 75 million people.
The Difference Between Sugar And High Fructose Corn Syrup
Sugar is made up of 50% glucose and 50% fructose. HFCS is also made up of glucose and fructose but the ratio is different. High fructose corn syrup has a ratio of 55% fructose and 45% glucose. The fructose from HFCS is different from the fructose in fruit for one important reason. The fructose that is naturally occuring in fruit is neutralized by a host of nutrients and fiber while the free-form fructose from HFCS depletes 2 molecules from the ATP (which is the source of the body’s energy). Our intestinal gut requires more energy to deal with this type of fructose and through this constant depletion causes Leaky Gut Syndrome which in turn punches holes in our gut and triggers inflammation As you well know, inflammation in the body is the major cause of heart disease, obesity, chronic diseases, cancer and ages the body at an accelerated pace.
Corn is in almost everything we eat. From cereals to most other processed foods. You’d be surprised just where you will find corn and the fact that most of it is not a health food. This is especially true during the processing when it is turned into high fructose corn syrup. By eating so many of these foods you are ingesting the sweetener and causing problems to your body. Any type of sugar is bad but because high fructose corn syrup is heavily processed it cannot be called natural.
What Else Does High Fructose Contain That is Unhealthy?
If you thought it couldn’t get any worse, here’s a sobering thought. Mercury, which is a toxic chemical, is one of the contaminants found in high fructose corn syrup. And guess what? It isn’t regulated by the FDA! There are toxic levels of mercury found within HFCS because chlor-alkali products are used in the manufacturing of this sweetener. So right there, this cannot be called a natural substance!
Now, we know that the average person ingests 150-200 pounds of sugars per year so when you see that almost 20% of our daily calories come from high fructose corn syrup, you can see why obesity has become a national disaster.
The Myth That High Fructose Corn Syrup Is Healthy
Let’s look at the myth of high fructose being part of a healthy diet.
1- HFCS is usually found in foods that have no nutrition to speak of. Namely, nutrient-poor, processed foods to be exact.
2- HFCS has been proven to cause obesity and other health-related problems.
3- HFCS contains GMO’s which are not natural to the species.
4- HFCS causes inflammation in the body and leads to other diseases. It has been shown to raise uric acid concentrations which causes gout. It also has been long considered a key contributor of cardiovascular disease.
5-HFCS doesn’t trigger a leptin response which means your body doesn’t signal your brain to stop eating thereby adding massive amounts of calories to our diets.
With all the risk factors associated with high fructose corn syrup, the FDA still hasn’t looked out for our health. High fructose corn syrup is the leading factor in obesity and the quicker consumers realize this the better their health will be.
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