And the Hits Keep on Coming: More Dangers of HFCS Revealed
UCLA has released a new study that may give even more credence to the inherent evils of high fructose corn syrup. Now, in addition to the multitude of other hazards directly linked to HFCS, this rogue sugar has been shown to fuel the growth of pancreatic cancer.
Here’s what the study revealed.
During laboratory testing, pancreatic tumor cells given fructose consumed the sugar and began to multiply - much faster than when “fed” other sugars. Researchers believe that other cancer cells may react in the same way.
This begs an answer to a simple question…
Why in the world are we STILL using HFCS?
In 1984 high fructose corn sugar began replacing sugar as a sweetener for basically one reason. It’s cheaper. And because it’s cheaper than sugar, plus easier to use in processed foods, the U.S. government subsidizes corn crops. In the interest of the all-mighty dollar, high fructose corn sugar rides in to save the day as a more economical alternative – despite the fact it’s making us a fat and diabetic nation.
What make HFCS so bad?
Isn’t it a just a sugar, after all? Not so fast.
While all sugar is metabolized to fat, this process happens much more quickly with HFCS. Fructose heads straight to the liver where it is immediately turned to fat. According to a report published in the Journal of Nutrition, once the chain reaction of synthesizing fat from fructose starts, it’s very difficult to stop. Not only is there an excess of fats and triglycerides coursing through your veins, excessive fructose is also linked to a host of other health problems such as:
Diabetes – In 2007 a study found that high fructose corn syrup triggers cell and tissue damage that lead to diabetes. HFCS doesn’t stimulate insulin production nor does it trigger the leptin hormone, which is a key player in appetite control. Without insulin and leptin to regulate the amount of food you eat, it’s possible HFCS leads to eating too much and weight gain – one precursor of diabetes.
Malnutrition – HFCS is completely void of essential enzymes, minerals, and vitamins. Actually, it robs your body of crucial micronutrients. Keep in mind, however, the fructose that is naturally found in fruit is far different from high fructose corn syrup. Fruit contains the nutrients your body needs to assimilate glucose.
Increased triglycerides and LDL (bad cholesterol) – Both contribute to an increased risk for developing heart disease.
HFCS has been linked to osteoporosis, anemia, osteoarthritis, and tooth decay.
Inhibits copper metabolism – Copper deficiency leads to an increased possibility of developing bone fragility, heart disease, and anemia.
By now the dangers of high fructose corn syrup should be crystal clear. You simply cannot maintain a healthy and vital life if you’re consuming a lot of it. Even if you’re diligent about staying away from the obvious culprits such as sodas, the problem is HFCS is “hidden” in foods you’d never think would contain sweeteners. That’s why it’s crucial to read food labels so you know exactly what you’re eating and drinking.
The good news is your body has an amazing ability to heal itself. So, even if you’ve been inadvertently poisoning your body with HFCS, you can turn things around with smart, sound nutrition. The best way to do that is to stay away from processed food as much as possible and eat a healthy variety of fruits, vegetables, and lean meats.