Eliminate THIS from your diet! It won’t be easy…

This ingredient is found in nearly every processed food known, including bread crumbs!  High Fructose Corn Syrup, HFCS, is made from genetically modified corn, and is so highly processed that our bodies just cannot handle it.  It is manufactured using (genetically modified) corn syrup, to which is added genetically modified enzymes, that improve the heat stability. (1)  HFCS is much cheaper than sugar, which is why food manufacturers use it extensively.

            The American Association for C_a_n_c_e_r Research found that the fructose in HFCS, promotes c_a_n_c_e_r growth, specifically pancreatic cancer. (4)   Dr Axe states “This study actually found that c_a_n_c_e_r cells can readily metabolize fructose and induce rapid reproduction of pancreatic c_a_n_c_e_r cells. Researchers also found that fructose and glucose metabolism are very different, with fructose causing more negative health reactions than glucose. This research provides very good reason why c_a_n_c_e_r patients should not be given anything containing high fructose corn syrup and how avoiding HFCS can possibly disrupt c_a_n_c_e_r growth. When it comes to c_a_n_c_e_r prevention and treatment, clearly HFCS is an ingredient that should be aggressively avoided. (5)

            In 1976, the FDA classified this artificial sweetener as “generally recognized as safe”, since then it has been noted that the rates of obesity have risen.  HFCS has little to no nutritional value, and it can be up to 90% fructose, which is associated with a host of medical issues.  Many studies present data that demonstrate a correlation of consumption of HFCS, obesity and cardiovascular disease.  The digestion of fructose is significantly different then that of glucose, which our bodies have a mechanism for processing. Also, glucose contributes to the feeling of satiety, whereas fructose does not. 

When HFSC enters your bloodstream, it goes directly to the liver, which is not sure how to handle it, and therefore causes the liver to become “fatty”.  This can lead to liver damage, heart attack, stroke, cancer, dementia, obesity, prediabetes and type II diabetes. (2)  HFCS is also linked to high cholesterol, according to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.  It was a surprise that adding as little as the equivalent of a half-can of soda at breakfast, lunch and dinner was enough to produce significant increases in risk factors for cardiovascular disease,” said the lead author, Kimber L. Stanhope, a research scientist at the University of California, Davis.  Other blood tests of cardiovascular risk — non-HDL cholesterol, triglycerides, uric acid and others — moved in the same negative directions.

Research done at the Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute found that free fructose from HFCS requires more energy to be absorbed by the gut and soaks up two phosphorous molecules from ATP (our body’s energy source). This depletes the energy fuel source in our guts required to maintain the integrity of our intestinal linings. Large doses of free fructose have been shown to literally punch holes in the intestinal lining, creating a leaky gut. (6)

            From Mark Hyman’s blog, “What we know, for example, is that chloralkali is used in making high fructose corn syrup. Chloralkai contains mercury. And there are trace amounts of mercury found in high fructose corn syrup-containing beverages. Now, it may not be a problem if we eat this occasionally, but the average person in the country consumes more than 20 teaspoons a day of high fructose corn syrup and the average teenager has 34 teaspoons a day. Over time, these heavy metals can accumulate in the body, causing health problems.” (2)  Mercury is a POTENT neurological toxin. (1)

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            HFCS “is used by commercial beekeepers as food for honey bees to promote brood production in the spring for commercial pollination. It is also used to feed honey bees when sources of pollen and nectar are scarce. Hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF) is formed at high temperatures from dehydration of fructose.” (3)   “Leblanc et al. (2009) found that at temperatures above 45°C, HFCS begins to form HMF, a byproduct that is very toxic to bees. In addition, levulinic and formic acids which are byproducts of HMF are also toxic to bees. Toxicity is seen as dysentery-like symptoms in bees. Could the feeding of HFCS to honey bees be a contributory factor in the colony collapse disorder (CCD) of honey bees?”(3)

            On a final note, from “Live in the now”, “As the word has gotten out about the many adverse health effects of HFCS, many consumers read labels and look for products that don’t list it among their ingredients. A survey by the Nutrition Business Journal found HFCS tops the list of least-wanted foods. So instead of removing HFCS from products, the food industry is attempting to hide it from the public by renaming it fructose.” (6)

            These are some of the other names for HFCS:

1.    Modified food starch

2.    Modified corn starch

3.    Maize syrup

4.    Tapioca syrup

5.    Fructose

6.    HFCS

7.    Glucose syrup

8.    Glucose/fructose syrup

9.    Fruit fructose

10. Crystalline fructose

And I have seen other variations as well.  Be careful out there, read your ingredients on every product every time.  If you are not sure what something is, look it up!!!


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If the font size, color and type are different - this happens when I transfer the article to blogger, not sure why it happens, but it was not created that way.  So forgive the craziness, and focus on the information!! As always, this article is for informational purposes only and is NOT intended as medical advice!!! 

1.    Parker, et al, High Fructose corn syrup: Production uses and public health concerns, Biotechnology and Molecular Biology Review Vol. 5(5), pp. 71 - 78 December 2010

3.    Leblanc W, Eggleston G, Sammataro D, Cornett C, Dufault R, Deeby T, St Cyr E (2009). Formation of hydroxymethylfurfural in domestic highfructose-corn syrup and its toxicity to the honey bee (Apis mellifera). J. Agric. Food Chem., 57: 7369-7376.

4.    Liu et al, Fructose Induces Transketoase Flux to Promote Pancreatic Cancer Growth, 10.1158/0008-5472.CAN-09-4615 Published August 2010

6.    http://www.liveinthenow.com/article/the-ultimate-low-food-industry-renames-high-fructose-corn-syrup-in-attempt-to-deceive-consumers



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