High fructose corn syrup facts are confusing. There are plenty of ways to confuse consumers. Avoiding the truth takes many paths. We'll clear up some of that confusion with this page. We'll also give you a great visual aid to help guide you to safer food choices.
The debate about this sweetener is heating up. The corn industry has made a massive fortune since fructose made from corn began to be used in place of "table sugar." Fructose is cheaper and somewhat sweeter. It is found in so many foods that we eat everyday and in soft drinks and "energy" drinks.
We've had several testimonials about past experience with those big cups of fountain soda. The reason those drink cups went from 12 ounces to 44 ounces is that the product became so cheap to make with this corn straining method. And consumption went through the roof.
The public is beginning to look at rapidly increasing rates of heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer's disease, and stroke and are connecting the dots. Our generation has consumed the most high fructose corn syrup since it was introduced in the 1970's. And now the bill is coming due.
So the corn refiners are doing all they can to keep consumers confused. They have two big advantages.
* Their product is usually found in processed foods, soda, and very sweet drinks.
* We like processed foods, soda, and very sweet drinks.
So we have to separate our habits and the lure of that sweet taste from what we now see to be true. And that is hard to do. It takes far less truth to keep addicted people hooked than it does to get them to stop ingesting slow acting poison.
Please check out our three part series about how to stop overeating. It features some excellent information from Dr David Kessler's book, "The End Of Overeating."
The average American consumes over 140 of sugar per year. Most of that in the form of corn fructose. 140 pounds. Per year. Our bodies do not break down fructose in the same way as regular sugar. Much of the extra fructose is stored as fat. And not the healthy kind of fat.
Here are some results of this fat storage:
* Cardiovascular system diseases including liver damage
* High blood pressure
* Elevated triglyceride levels
* Insulin resistance
* Reduced brain function
Perhaps the biggest danger is the advertising. Many of the major contributors to chronic disease are considered "healthy." The reality is that these products are the exact opposite of healthy.
Professor Fernando Gomez-Pinilla led a study that determined this overload in sweeteners had noticeable effects on brain function. He states, “Our findings suggest that fructose disrupts plasticity—the creation of fresh pathways between brain cells that occurs when we learn or experience something new."
Here is a short list of some of those items we place in front of our children and ourselves everyday. Items advertised as "healthy," but in reality are loaded with HFCS.
* Most cereals. Even the ones touting their "heart health" are too often laced with artificial sweeteners and in some cases, more sugar just to add to the addictive properties. We learned from "Grain Brain" that these food choices are direct links to brain issues.
* Commercial Maple Syrup such as "Mrs. Butterworth" or "Aunt Jemima" are loaded with high fructose corn syrup and a little bit of added flavoring.
* Commercial applesauce such as "Mott's Cinnamon" are packed with HFCS.
* Ketchup is a major offender in this category. "Heinz Tomato Ketchup" loads you with 4 grams of artificial sweetener in one tablespoon.
* "Light Yogurts" are a classic example of food companies preying on unsuspecting consumers. In Dannon's "Light and Fit Non-Fat Banana" version, HFCS is listed ahead of bananas in the ingredient lineup. We wrote about the disaster of low fat diets in another page.
* "Quaker Chewy Granola Caramel Apple Bar" provides you with 8 grams of sugar. Healthy? I don't think so.
* "Chef Boyardee" is fed to children everyday. In it you'll find plenty of HFCS as well as soy oil. Anything with soy brings glyphosate into the equation as much of the soy beans grown in America are coated with this carcinogen.
* Most juice drinks are far from natural. More likely they consist of high fructose corn syrup, thickeners, and artificial food coloring.
It's all about reading the labels. We have the power to end this man-made health risk. If we don't buy their stuff, it will go away.
We wrote about leptin resistance in a previous page. We described how leptin signals the brain to tell the body it is full and can stop eating. Leptin resistance blocks this signal. We wrote about the link to dementia related diseases and the pathway from diabetes.
We know that obesity is a trigger to diabetes. We know that type 2 diabetes can be a launching pad to type 3 diabetes.
We know that high fructose corn syrup is found in processed foods and sugary drinks.
All we need to do is connect the dots. Over 140 pounds of sugar per year? If you would like some more in depth information, please follow this link. Dr. Mark Hyman, author of "The Blood Sugar Solution" provides some very solid facts.
Just below is a nice chart compliments of Dr. Joseph Mercola. We appreciate his generosity in making this fact chart available to everyone.