The Double Danger of High Fructose Corn Syrup
There are various fructose-glucose ratios in high fructose corn syrup, including 90-10, 42-43, and 55-45.
Since the United States Department of Agriculture subsidizes corn production but taxes imported sugar, high fructose corn syrup has become the default sweetener in many consumer food products.
I’m sure you have all seen the recent commercials which try to imply that there isn’t anything wrong with corn syrup, as long as you do it in moderation.
Research indicates that this free fructose interferes with the heart’s use of key minerals like magnesium, copper and chromium. Among other consequences, HFCS has been implicated in elevated blood cholesterol levels and the creation of blood clots. It has been found to inhibit the action of white blood cells so that they are unable to defend the body against harmful foreign invaders.
Although these studies were not designed to test the effects of fructose on weight gain, the observation of increased body weight associated with fructose ingestion is of interest. One explanation for this observation could be that fructose ingestion did not increase the production of two hormones, insulin and leptin, that have key roles in the long-term regulation of food intake and energy expenditure.
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In fact, the official release goes as far to say that high-fructose corn syrup can make you ‘stupid’.
“Our findings illustrate that what you eat affects how you think,” stated professor of neurosurgery Fernando Gomez-Pinilla, from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.
There is simply no reason why the ingredient should exist within the food supply, other than to save companies money.