HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP

 

Recipe for Obesity, Heart Disease & Diabetes Type 2

By Max Stanley Chartrand, Ph.D. (Behavioral Medicine)


Introduction: It is well known that major changes in the US food supply have contributed mightily to the chronic disease pandemics. Less well-known, however, is that only consumers can change this alarming scenario: by avoiding as much as possible that which is contributing to their ill health, choosing instead dietary options that promise significantly greater health. Hence, consumers hold the power to bring about the needed changes, if they will. Every new entrant into the health fold adds to the strength of those who are already there. Then, the merchants of food will follow suit, gingerly so.

HFCS: Dominant “Added Sugar” to Food Supply

High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) is a concentrated genetically-modified organism (GMO) processed from GMO corn, and used as the predominant sweetener in nearly all popular soft drinks, candies, baked goods, and just about every type of commercially processed food (Barrett, 2012). It is by far the most ubiquitous GMO out there, and there are very few people in the US whose diet is not dominated by it.

While we do not suggest that all things bad in health lay at the doorstep of HFCS, when one adds the other trends, such as microwaving of food (killing amino acids), high caffeine intake (leading to adrenal depletion and acidosis), and a food supply that is degerminated, irradiated, synthetically fortified, and absent nearly all micro nutrients, HFCS becomes one more major trend that consumers need to avoid en masse if they wish to see it taken back out of the food supply.

Alters Human Metabolism through Fast Absorption

Today, we have an epidemic of diabetes type 2 sweeping the United States—with more than 81 million prediabetics and 39 million diabetics (counting undiagnosed cases). Obesity and cardiovascular disease continue to skyrocket as a result. At this time it appears that the single largest contributing factor is the universal addition of HFCS sugars to the nation’s food supply. Its much smaller molecular size and simpler chemistry causes it to enter the bloodstream without converting first to glucose and fructose—as more natural sugars do—and converts quickly to fat.

HFCS has also been implicated in turning off the cell signaling process, so that the body is unable to decide what nutrients your body needs. This, in turn, leads to faster weight gain and cardiovascular disease. A recent study at UC Davis demonstrated increased fat deposits around the heart and in the abdominal cavity, raising triglycerides in the liver, and increasing insulin resistance in research subjects as a result of HFCS ingestion compared to controls that were given standard sugars. Another study at UCLA found HFCS reduced memory and learning function.

Aggressive media advertising by the Corn Refiners Association (CRA) has attempted to counter results from these independent studies by claiming that HFCS is as natural as standard sugars. But many things that are adverse to human health are “natural”, especially when genetically modified to make the food cheaper, more plentiful, and requiring less fertilization and water to produce.

Princeton Study Confirms One of my colleagues in a 2010 study at Princeton studied the differences in food additive sweeteners. Now this study was on rats, but don’t let that put you off. Better them than you, right? I will quote what they reported in a news release:

“Some people have claimed that high fructose corn syrup is no different than other sweeteners when it comes to weight gain and obesity, but our results make it clear this just isn’t true, at least under the conditions of our tests...When rats are drinking high-fructose corn syrup at levels well below those in soda pop, they’re becoming obese—every single one of them, across the board. Even when rats are fed a high fat diet, you don’t see this; [in high fat diets] they don’t all gain extra weight.”

Guidelines for a “Healthy” Diet?

One of the challenges with which Americans are faced today is the federal dietary guidelines that walk the tightrope between trying to promote a healthy population and keeping vested interests happy. In their suggested guidelines, the Food & Nutrition Board (FNB) of the National Academy of Sciences maintains that synthetic nutrition and bioavailable organic nutrition are equals, and that all commercially available added sugars are the same. In fact, even the predominant non-sugar sweeteners—Aspartame, NutraSweet®, Saccharin, all shown dangerous—and the manifold neurotoxic chemicals & heavy metals in processed foods are safe for human consumption.

Collins and Collins (2006), the authors of the celebrated The China Study, portrayed the absurdity of federal guidelines by showing what one could eat in one day and still ostensibly stay within the guidelines.

•FOR BREAKFAST: (1) cup HFCS Fruit Loops, (1) cup skim milk, (1) package of HFCS M&Ms, and a synthetic multiple vitamin and fiber.

•FOR LUNCH: (1) Grilled cheeseburger

•FOR DINNER: (3) slices of pepperoni pizza, (1) 16 oz. HFCS soda, and (1) HFCS Archway cookie.

It goes without saying, it is time to get over our diabetes, overweight, memory and cardiovascular problems. That means reading the labels of everything our family consumes and avoiding that which does not provide their optimum health.

FOR FURTHER STUDY

Chaitowitz, S. (2004). Court rules against USDA’s secrecy and failure to disclose
conflict of interest in setting nutrition policies. Physicians Committee for
Responsible Nutrition, http://pcrm.org/news/health001002.html.
Chartrand, M. (2012). Dr. Mitochondria & You: How to Get Well (from whatever
ails you). Consumer DVD. Casa Grande, AZ: DigiCare® Behavioral Research
Collins, T.C., and Collins, T.M. (2006). The China Study. Dallas: BenBella
Books, Inc., ISBN 1-932100-66-0.
Food & Nutrition Board, and Institute of Medicine (2010). “Dietary reference
intakes for energy, carbohydrates, fiber, fat, fatty acids, cholesterol, protein,
and amino acids,” Washington, DC: The National Academy Press.
Gucciardia, A. (2012). Report on the UCLA High Fructose Corn Syrup Memory
Study. http://naturalsociety.com/high-fructose-corn-syrup-damages-learningabilities-
memory/
Gucciardia, A. (2012). Report on the UC-Davis High Fructose Corn Syrup
Study. http://www.naturalnews.com/study.html.
Princeton University (2010). A Sweet Problem: Princeton researchers find that
high-frustose corn syrup prompts considerably more weight gain. http://
www.princeton.edu/main/newsarchive/S26/91/22K07/.