Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Why High Fructose Corn Syrup Is Bad For Your Health

The health issues tied to consumption of high fructose corn syrup have become more and more noticeable as the levels of consumption have exponentially increased. Since the 1970's, high fructose corn syrup has found its way into everything. In a typical grocery store, everything from salad dressings to cookies to juices are primarily composed of high fructose corn syrup. Why? It's cheap and government subsidized and lasts significantly longer than other healthier types of sweeteners. So what exactly about high fructose corn syrup is it that makes it bad for you?

Your body does not recognize high fructose corn syrup and has a difficult time metabolizing it. When fructose is present in natural forms, it is bonded on a molecular level with glucose. This makes it more of a "slow-release" process and it allows the liver to process the fructose slowly. When fructose is introduced without glucose the liver gets hammered with all of it and has a hard time metabolizing it. The liver might not be able to metabolize all of it, especially if this is an ongoing issue (you are consuming high fructose corn syrup on a regular basis and not giving your body an opportunity to recover). So the extra fructose gets stored as fat on the liver and fat on the body.

Fortunately more companies are now making the conscious decision to replace high fructose corn syrup with regular sugar. But the Corn Refiners Association is lobbying to allow high fructose corn syrup to be re-named "corn sugar". Consumers have to make sure to keep their eyes wide open to avoid being tricked by the CRA- it is a desperate and pathetic move since the CRA was unable to convince Americans that high fructose corn syrup is not bad for you, i.e. Do not be tricked!!

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