Thursday, January 06, 2011

High Fructose Corn Syrup Poison

Here is the truth about Sucrose and High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS). The Defense of the Corn Producers in favor of HFCS says that 1. It from corn 2. It is as safe as sugar 3. It okay like anything in moderation.

1. Just because it is from corn is not a defense. It is processed, and is not necessarily in the form that God intended.
2. Sucrose or regular table sugar is half fructose. So the truth is that sucrose is no better than HFCS. They are both bad.
3. Moderation? HFCS is in everything. Is heroin, cocaine or marijuana okay in moderation? The truth is in the science.

What is the science and biochemistry against HFCS and Sucrose (Table Sugar)?

1. Fructose is not used by any organs in the body. Instead it must go to the liver to be detoxified just like alcohol. Unlike ethanol, it doesn't cross the blood-brain barrier so it doesn't cause intoxication.
2. Fructose is converted by the liver into triglycerides (fat) which is leading to obesity, and fatty liver just like alcoholics. This disease from fructose is called Non-Alcoholic Steato-hepatitis (NASH).
3. Fructose inhibits insulin and leptin and the signals that give you a natural "full" feeling resulting insulin resistance, diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, and heart disease.

What if instead of HFCS and Sucrose, we sweetened food with glucose. Glucose or Dextrose is the fuel that every cell in the body including the brain can use for energy without any toxic side-effects.

1 comment:

Cynthia1770 said...

Usually I spend my time trying to convince readers of the tyranny of HFCS. Today I'll preach to the choir. The ratio of fru:glu in sucrose and HFCS are not essentially the same. Although the CRA claim that foods and beverages use the variants, HFCS-42 and HFCS-55, I have found exceptions.
Go to ADM's website. They make Cornsweet 90, HFCS-90 which is 90% fructose. The product description states that the intensely sweet product is used for low-cal products, so the same sweetness can be achieved with fewer calories. Of course, your liver received a bolus of fructose it doesn't need, especially for someone who is trying to shed a few pounds.
In a recent survey by the Keck School of Medicine at USC, Dr. Golan's team surveyed the national brand soda in the Los Angeles Area. Some national brand bottled soda had 65% fructose, which is 18% more fructose than in HFCS-55, the forumla ostensibly used for soda. Seems like the CRA is monkeying around with the recipe. The problem with HFCS is that it is really HFCSs with a wide range in the %fructose. Food manufacturers are not required to disclose the specific formula. Sadly, only your
liver knows for sure.
Stick with sugar,
Take care,
Cynthia Papierniak, M.S.