Corn Syrup Health Risk
Fructose, or fruit sugar, is a simple monosaccharide found in many plants and is absorbed directly into the bloodstream during digestion. Fructose was discovered by French chemist Augustin-Pierre Dubrunfaut in 1847.
Pure, dry fructose is a very sweet, white, odorless, crystalline solid and is the most water-soluble of all the sugars. From plant sources, fructose is found in honey, tree and vine fruits, flowers, berries, and most root vegetables.
Commercially, fructose is frequently derived from sugar cane, sugar beets, and corn. There are three commercially important forms: Crystalline fructose is the monosaccharide, dried, ground, and of high purity. The second form, high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is a mixture of glucose and fructose as monosaccharides.
The third form, sucrose, is a compound with one molecule of glucose linked to one molecule of fructose. All forms of fructose, including fruits and juices, are commonly added to foods and drinks for palatability and taste enhancement, and for browning of some foods, such as baked goods.
Most fructose in our diet does not come from fresh fruit, but from HFCS or sucrose (sugar) that is found in soft drinks and sweets. Soft drink consumption, which provides most of this fructose, has increased dramatically in the past 6 decades, rising from a per-person consumption of 90 servings per year (2 servings per week) in 1942 to that of 600 servings per year (2 servings per day) in 2000. More than 50% of preschool children consume some calorie-sweetened beverages.
Children of this age would not normally be exposed to fructose, let alone in these high amounts. Because both HFCS and sucrose are “delivery vehicles for fructose,” the load of fructose has increased in parallel with the use of sugar. An increasingly common cause of tummy troubles, fructose malabsorption affects one in three people and many don’t even know they have it.
Normally, fructose is absorbed in the small bowel. In fructose malabsorption, the normal absorption of fructose is impaired. Fructose malabsorption can cause symptoms of stomach bloating, wind, stomach pain, loose bowel motions and constipation. These symptoms are often called irritable bowel syndrome. Fructose is metabolized very differently in your body from glucose; the entire metabolic burden falls on your liver, in much the same way as alcohol. Excessive fructose consumption may contribute to the development of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.
When too much fructose enters the liver, the liver can’t process it all fast enough for the body to use as sugar. Instead, it starts making fats from the fructose and sending them off into the bloodstream as triglycerides. Glucose, on the other hand, is your body’s ideal source of fuel. It has none of the damaging effects on your metabolism that fructose has. Glucose suppresses your appetite, whereas fructose stimulates your appetite and encourages over eating, leading to weight gain. A high fructose diet can cause new fat cells to build around your heart, liver and digestive organs in just 10 weeks, causing early stage diabetes and heart disease.
In its own words, the European Union’s (EU’s) Nutrition and Health Claims Regulation (NHCR; No. 1924/2006) is designed to ensure a, “High level of consumer protection” (Article 1.1). But approving an unscientific health claim for fructose, as the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) did recently, protects nothing but Big Food’s profits. And, by ushering in an inevitable flood of high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) products with ‘healthy’ labels, EFSA’s decision is a clear danger to public health.
Fructose is a major health risk contributing to:
* Insulin resistance and obesity in adults and children.
* Elevated blood pressure.
* Elevated triglycerides and elevated LDL.
* Depletion of vitamins and minerals.
* Cardiovascular disease, liver disease, cancer, arthritis, and even gout.
The FDA classifies fructose as GRAS: Generally Regarded as Safe. This pretty much means nothing and is based on nothing. There is plenty of data showing that fructose is not safe. And if the negative metabolic effects are not enough, there are other issues with fructose that disprove its safety: More than one study has detected unsafe mercury levels in HFCS. Crystalline fructose, a super-potent form of fructose the food and beverage industry is now using, may contain arsenic, lead, chloride and heavy metals. Nearly all corn syrup is made from genetically modified corn ( GMO ), which comes with its own set of risks.
If you want to use a sweetener occasionally, there are many subsitutes for sugar:
* Use the herb stevia
* Use organic cane sugar in moderation
* Use organic raw honey in moderation
Agave syrup is not recommended as a substitute for sugar, since it is a highly processed sap that is almost all fructose. Your blood sugar will spike just as it would if you were consuming regular sugar or HFCS. Agave has gained meteoric popularity due to a great marketing campaign, but any health benefits present in the original agave plant are processed away.
“When the poison (fructose) was made,
it was packaged with the words antidote: fiber.”
Fiber has been found to help decrease the effects of fructose on the body. All natural fructose is found in fiber rich plants and vegetables. This is not a coincidence nature is always balanced. If you have a diet high in fructose, ensure it is also high in fiber.
Health Risks And Dangers Of High-Fructose Corn Syrup
* Raise your blood pressure, and cause nocturnal hypertension
* Insulin resistance / Type 2 Diabetes
* Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD)
* Raise your uric acid levels, which can result in gout and/or metabolic syndrome
* Accelerate the progression of chronic kidney disease
* Intracranial atherosclerosis (narrowing and hardening of the arteries in your skull)
* Exacerbate cardiac abnormalities if you’re deficient in copper
* Have a geno toxic effect on the colon
* Promote metastasis in breast cancer patients
* Cause tubulointerstitial injury (injury to the tubules and interstitial tissue of your kidney)
* Promotes obesity and related health problems and diseases
* Promotes pancreatic cancer growth and feeds cancer cells in general
* Cause your brain neurons to stagnate
As you see, there are major differences in how your body processes fructose and glucose. You must ask yourself why is this happening ? – Angela Soya