The question, why is high-fructose corn syrup bad, can almost be answered by another question, why does the food industry keep changing the name of it on the ingredient label and trying to hide the fact that there is HFCS in their products?
Now the sweetener called HFCS-90 is labeled as ‘fructose’ or ‘fructose syrup’ and may even state on the package “contains no High Fructose Corn Syrup,” even though the 90% version is even more potent and potentially more problematic than the original two.
HFCS 55 (55% fructose) is used mainly in beverages, and HFCS 42 is used mainly in foods, while the HFCS 90 is not mentioned yet in the FDA search, but there are reports that the 90% fructose product has been in the food supply for some time.
Other deceptive High-Fructose Corn Syrup names in disguise:
- maize syrup
- glucose syrup
- glucose/fructose syrup
- tapioca syrup
- fruit fructose
- crystalline fructose
- Dahlia syrup
The Corn Refiners Association is turning a blind eye to the research that demonstrates the manufactured liquid fructose is metabolized by the body completely different than glucose and sucrose (table sugar) and causing numerous serious health issues. The food corporations that use it as an ingredient are also guilty of turning a blind eye and will likely not stop using HFCS until more consumers stop buying their products.
The research is solid in regards to the effects on our system of consuming chemically produced, isolated high-fructose, and how the body metabolizes this substance as it goes straight to the liver and is metabolized so quickly it can not be used or stored for energy – a process that is alien to our bodies in such a quantity.
A recent University of Utah study found that “female mice on the fructose-glucose diet had death rates 1.87 times higher than those on the sucrose diet and they produced 26.4 percent fewer offspring.” Other studies have linked the following disorders and disease to the consumption of high-fructose corn syrup:
- Memory and Learning Impairment in Adolescents – ADHD, ADD
- Cardiovascular Disease in Adolescents
- Heart Failure, Coronary Heart Disease
- Metabolic syndrome – high blood pressure, fatty liver disease, obesity, kidney disease
- Mercury Contamination – from the manufacturing process of HFCS
- Destroys Memory, Slows Mental Function, Deteriorates Brain Performance
- Gout and Arthritis – increases uric acid
- Diabetes – Non-HFCS countries have 20% less diabetes
- Leaky Gut Syndrome – which is a cause of many inflammatory disorders and autoimmune disease
What About Regular Sugar?
Even though our bodies know what to do with plain old table sugar, it doesn’t get a very good grade either, and when consumed in certain quantities is known to be detrimental to our health. So use common sense especially when allowing the kids their snacks – try to replace some of the sugar with raw honey and stevia plant extract.
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Do you have Leaky Gut Syndrome?
Leaky Gut is not uncommon anymore and can be caused by a number of reasons.
If you are enduring some of these common symptoms, you should probably first have a CRP Test done to determine if chronic inflammation is occurring, which causes some of these same symptoms and is a residual effect of Leaky Gut.
- Joint pain, arthritis
- Malabsorption, Nutritional deficiencies
- Poor immune system
- Headaches, memory problems
- Skin Conditions
- Sugar cravings
- Diarrhea, digestive issues
- Autoimmune disease
- Thyroid Problems
- Neurocognitive Disorders
- Food Sensitivities