High Fructose Corn Syrup Facts
One of the vital facts about High Fructose Corn Syrup is that it tricks the body into thinking it is hungrier than it really is, according to a group of University of Florida researchers. Let’s examine why this is the most important information you need to know about HFCS?
Why else would the epidemic of obesity be so out of control? Why can’t people get a handle on their weight gain? Most appear content and unconcerned. They do not see the dangers in this extreme overweight. Why would they, when they enjoy eating and drinking SO…O…O much? They are completely unaware of their addiction, and they don’t want to know; hence their denial. There are other ingredients, such as MSG, that also make you hungrier. Do you really think the manufacturers don’t know this??
In the early’70’s, Japanese researchers developed a reliable way to turn corn starch into syrup sweet enough to compete with liquid sugar. It was much more complicated to make, involving vats of murky, ferementing liquid, fungus and chemical tweaking, all of which take place in one of 16 chemical plants located in the Corn Belt. The entire process involves several steps and three different enzymes, but eventually a syrup with around 90 percent fructose content is created, and this is blended down with untreated syrup (containing only glucose) into a mix of either 42 percent or 55 percent fructose. The rest is glucose. Also, there is NO fructose in corn syrup —–not naturally, at least. The key is NOT NATURALLY, which can be confusing. So let’s clear this up.
Fructose is a naturally occurring compound that can be found in fruit like apples and oranges. The concentration of fructose in fruit is less than one tenth of the total weight of the fruit. If you eat 1 or 2 pieces of fruit in one day the amount of fructose consumed will still be insignificant. Fruit also contains pectin, however, which causes short chain fatty acids to be liberated in the intestines.
This produces leptin which prevents your body from absorbing too much fat and suppresses your appetite. The triglycerides that are made from the fructose in an apple are eliminated and cholesterol absorption is reduced, so an apple a day is a good idea.
Simply put, natural fructose is made of bonded pairs of fructose and sucrose. HFCS has unbonded pairing. When you ingest natural sugar, your enzymes work to slowly break down these chemical bonds and introduce fructose and sucrose into the blood more gradually. When you ingest HFCS, the fructose and sucrose INSTANTLY bombard your liver and kidneys in a burst shot that is physiologically more damaging, as well as more likely to induce addiction-like behaviors.
Fruit Cleanses the Body
Though some believe it, fruit has gotten a bad wrap as an unhealthy source of fructose. Common sense should tell you that Mother Nature does not give us unhealthy foods like the man-made ones. Because it cleanses the body, and most people are completely unaware of how the body works, let alone cleansing, they wrongly interpret some uncomfortable sensations to be bad for them. If they would keep going, they would feel amazing. Fruit is the best cleanser if done properly. The key here in cleansing is that it is ALKALIZING AND BALANCES THE BODY.
Why is alkalizing good? Because we eat so many acid foods and so few fruits comparatively that we actually lose our taste for fruits and vegetables. This explains children who hate their veggies. The parents have invariably allowed their children to CHOOSE junk food or they would naturally lean toward fruit and veggies. The body wants more of whatever you continually feed it. It is conditioning. This information cannot be stressed enough as it is the key to the whole mystery of what we are doing to ourselves through diet. Get a chart on acid/alkaline foods and choose 80% alkaline every day. Then buy PH strips and test yourself to see how alkaline you are. Or test before you begin. This is the key to health.
Concentrated fructose is not something that is found in nature, and the human body is not adapted to accommodate this substance. This is very important to understand as many will say it is all the same.
Concentrating anything makes it become something ELSE in the body, and if it is not natural, it is not a food and the body treats it like a drug. It wants to get rid of it because it throws off the natural metabolism. This is called free fructose.
The Corn Glut
According to Journalist Greg Critser in his book, “Fat Land: How Americans Became the Fattest People in the World”, (see below) federal policies that aimed to stabilize food prices and support corn production in the 1970’s led to a glut of corn. This, then led to high fructose corn syrup. Realizing it was a cheaper way to sweeten food, producers increased the amount of sweet snacks and drinks on the market. The natural result was increased profits, to say the least.
The FDA says, “The use of synthetic fixing agents in the enzyme preparation, which is then used to products HFCS, would not be consistent with our (….) policy regarding the use of the term ‘natural’, said Geraldine June.
Relatively stable obesity rates began to climb right after HFCS was introduced in mass quantities in 1980, according to Dr. George Bray, principal investigator of the Diabetes Prevention Program at Louisiana State University Medical Center. They had doubled by 2000.
The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition published research in 2002 that showed teenager’s milk consumption between 1965 and 1996 decreased by 36%, while soda consumption increased by more than 200%. Nutritionists know that calcium can help regulate weight.
HFCS has now been shown to cause insulin resistance, diabetes, hypertension, and increased weight gain and results in depletion of chromium from the body, which is important in helping glucose pass from the bloodstream into the cells. Research shows that this free fructose interferes with the heart’s use of important minerals such as copper, chromium, and magnesium. It follows that it leads to elevated blood cholesterol, blood clots, osteoporosis, and ADD.
It is extremely important to note also that HFCS is made from genetically modified corn. This is a perfect storm. This is no mere coincidence if you connect the dots.
The Washington Post reports that two new US studies have done tests on the HFCS found in everyday products in American households….and found half contained mercury. The mercury was “in nearly a third of 55 popular brand-name food and beverage products where HFCS is the first-or-second-highest labeled ingredient, according to two new U.S. studies,” says the Post.
The claim that these industries use mercury-free versions now is the same as we have been told about vaccines as well, and the mercury is STILL in THEM.
What on earth are we doing to our food today? And more importantly, why? We need to ask these questions and not be so gullible as to believe the commercials and hype bombarding us. Start thinking while we still can. Take responsibility for your body and realize that nothing is what it appears to be……….nothing! It will take more than a village to stop this destruction of the human. Connect the dots, always looking for cause and effect. This cannot be stressed enough. Look for the big picture, not just the parts, i.e., the corn glut, GMO’s, and then HFCS. They repeat the same scenario in so many, many ways. It is not just the body that has been tricked! Now that’s a REAL fact about HFCS!