Since the late 1980s, High Fructose Corn Syrup has replaced regular table sugar, honey, and similar sweeteners. Prolonged consumption of HFCS is the topic of debate and, like other genetically modified products, may be bad for your health. A number of studies conducted over the past few decades indicate consumption of HFCS is connected with some health concerns.
Dangers of High Fructose Corn Syrup
1. Significant Risk of Weight Gain and Obesity
A study conducted by Princeton University , found that rats that were fed HFCS gained fat 300% more quickly than those fed an equal (or slightly larger) serving of fruit-derived sugar.
2. Increased Risk of Developing Type-2 Diabetes
Consumption of high-fructose corn syrup can lead to a huge increase in the likelihood of developing diabetes . This life-long condition can be avoided in most cases. Excessive amounts of soda, energy drinks and junk-food aren't worth losing a foot or going blind for.
3. Hypertension and Elevated "Bad" Cholesterol Levels
High-fructose doesn't just make your body fat, it also makes your heart fat. There is a strong link between the irresponsible consumption of high fructose corn syrup and elevated triglyceride and LDL (bad cholesterol) levels . Together, these can cause arterial plaque build-up and lead to heart problems including hypertension, heart disease, and even stroke.
4. High Fructose Corn Syrup and Liver Damage
This is a big one. Like anything else you eat or drink, your liver, gallbladder, and kidneys, processes HFCS. And it's especially destructive to your liver. When combined with a sedentary lifestyle, permanent liver scarring can occur . This greatly diminishes the organ's ability to process out toxins and, over time, can lead to an expansive range of other negative health concerns. Another study suggests that HFCS may also cause fatty liver .
5. Mercury Exposure from HFCS
Did you know high fructose corn syrup is often loaded with alarmingly high levels of mercury? One study found mercury in over 50% of samples tested . Mercury exposure can result in irreversible brain and nervous system damage – especially in young, growing bodies. Way too many foods aimed at children are LOADED with high fructose corn syrup!
Alternatives to High Fructose Corn Syrup
The dangers of high fructose corn syrup are both numerous and severe, if it's in your diet, remove it. Some estimate more than one-third of the American food supply has been polluted by this trash. I urge you to read product labels and avoid those with HFCS. Replace HFCS with raw honey for sweetening needs.
- Hilary Parker. A sweet problem: Princeton researchers find that high-fructose corn syrup prompts considerably more weight gain. Princeton University. 2010 March 22.
- American Chemical Society. Soda Warning-high-fructose corn syrup linked to diabetes, new study suggests. ScienceDaily 23 Aug. 2007.
- Jennifer K. Nelson R.D.,L.D. What is high-fructose corn syrup? What are the health concerns? Mayo Clinic. 2012 September 27.
- Duke University Medical Center. High fructose corn syrup linked to liver scarring, research suggests. ScienceDaily. 23 Mar. 2010.
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