How High Fructose Corn Syrup has Decimated Human Health

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2012-07-03 10:06:12 -0500
Started 2012-06-30 08:00:50 -0500

By: Dr. Mercola

60 Minutes recently reported on the scientific findings that sugar is a toxin that can lead to major chronic diseases including obesity, heart disease, and cancer. Test subjects in strict clinical trials who were monitored 24 hours a day, who consumed high fructose corn syrup, developed higher risk factors for cardiovascular disease within two weeks
In the mid-70’s, when dietary fats were inaccurately blamed for causing heart disease, spawning the still-persistent low-fat craze, processed food makers began swapping out the fats and replacing them with corn syrup. It’s not difficult to see that trading fat for sugar was not a wise move. We now know, without a doubt, that it's the excessive fructose content in the modern diet that is taking such a devastating toll on people's health
Excessive fructose consumption leads to insulin resistance, which appears to be the root of many if not most chronic diseases. Fructose also raises your uric acid levels—it typically generates uric acid within minutes of ingestion—which in turn can wreak havoc on your blood pressure, insulin production, and kidney function. So far, scientific studies have linked fructose to about 78 different diseases and health problems

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23 replies

tabby9146 2012-07-03 10:03:40 -0500 Report

I believe this. I want to know how I can eat well without all this HFCS? it is in almost everything. What can I eat? besides, veggies and fruit? I already avoid all the white stuff pretty much, but it is in so many snacks I love, that have a fwe grams of fiber and protein, and are low cal and low fat, and then I see HFCS, I wish I had more snack choices, I do eat yogurt, nuts, and things like that too, but hard pressed where I live to find a really good variety.

tabby9146 2012-07-03 10:06:12 -0500 Report

I am looking for more convenience foods and snacks , especially the snacks when I am on the go so often, and I need something portable and quick. Where I live, I have to travel quite a distance for example to go to a health food store, or a large grocery store chain, so I don't go all that often and it makes it hard.

Tony5657 2012-06-30 15:34:37 -0500 Report

Thanks Gabby for your HFCS posting. I just recently learned how harmful it is. I put it in the same catagory as corn liquor (white lightening) … flat outright dangerous. The blasted stuff is in almost everything. Tony in TX

Bamberg 2012-06-30 09:32:24 -0500 Report

Actually, saying no to all added sugar is fairly easy to do. I'm not talking about sugar that occurs naturally in fruit and some vegetables. I gave up all added sugar about seven months ago. I quit eating most white flour products at the same time. My blood sugar dropped to the normal range and I've lost about 50 pounds. Sugar craving stops after a week or two and, since I don't limit myself on fruit, vegetable or protean, I am never hungry.

n2late 2012-07-01 19:23:53 -0500 Report

I also stopped eating any food that was not fresh and now my AC1 is 5.6 every 3months for more than 18 months knowledge is power.

Controlled 2012-06-30 23:49:12 -0500 Report

It worked for me too. I don't have any cravings at this point either. I actually thought that it would be harder to do than it was. I use Stevia exclusively and it has worked for me.

Caroltoo 2012-06-30 12:50:01 -0500 Report

Yes, I've found that also. Once I realized how bad the sugar and flour were for my body, I just stopped bringing them into the house.

I've just started back to work and it brought all this up for me as I was thinking over my past years with this company. They have two large dispensing machines in the staff room. One of the machines does include cold bottles of water.

I used to have cheetos and a coke almost every day and would sometimes make "dinner" out of 2-3 packages from the machine on nights I had to work late.

Now as I go to work, I carry a salad with a piece of chicken and some fruit. I do buy a med. iced tea to sip during the day and carry water. My desk has little bags of almonds and walnuts.

The kids came begging a couple days ago … what kind of goodies to you have stored in here????? I offered to share my bag of sliced canteloup and apple slices. They were disappointed because they were looking for candies … sorry, not in my office.

MetalCohen 2012-06-30 08:32:38 -0500 Report

I always said fake foods are our own worst enemiy

GabbyPA 2012-06-30 13:40:13 -0500 Report

That is a way to look at it for sure. The entire article address a lot of things. It is very true that sugar, all forms, is supposed to be a treat, not a staple.

Caroltoo 2012-06-30 08:10:17 -0500 Report

That could be, but may take longer to accomplish than saying no to HFCS in our food. Cooking from scratch (meat and veggies) bypasses this scenario, if we also skip the sugar laden drinks. Seems like a smple solution, but most of us are just too wedded to the convenience of packaged foods so we alse get the HFCS. Cooking it ourselves can be so healthy!

MAYS 2012-06-30 08:32:18 -0500 Report

I agree, it seems like a simple solution…the convenience of, and the taste of the foods will keep many people hooked on it (HFCS) for life.

GabbyPA 2012-06-30 08:03:27 -0500 Report

Well, finally. Main stream media is catching on. Sweet is killing us in so many ways. Maybe we do just need to say no to all sugar?

MAYS 2012-06-30 08:27:31 -0500 Report

Very hard to do for most people.

GabbyPA 2012-06-30 13:39:00 -0500 Report

I know, I am in that group. But I also know when I get away from it, even if it is no carb sweet, I find I don't crave it. That is quickly broken with a couple of indulgent dips, but it can be done.