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The Dirty Truth About High Fructose Corn Syrup…
« on: June 02, 2011, 02:54:33 AM »
The Dirty Truth About High Fructose Corn Syrup…

Editor’s Note:  Today’s article is a guest post from Jonny Bowden, PhD, CNS, also known as The Rogue Nutritionist, a nationally known expert on weight loss and nutrition.

I am in awe of the recent TV commercials where two mothers are talking and one questions the other about serving some sweetened fruit punch to her kids.  The first mother says, “That stuff’s got high fructose corn syrup in it, and you know what they say about that.”

To which the second mother replies, “What?  That it’s natural and made from corn? And that in moderation, it’s perfectly fine?”

Clever commercial.  And utterly misleading.

Understanding Sugar…

In the beginning, there was plain old table sugar, also known by its scientific name, sucrose.  Sucrose is a disaccharide (“di” meaning “two,” “saccharide” meaning “sugar”).  That means it’s actually a blend of two “simple” (mono) saccharides, in this case glucose and fructose.

Take a molecule of glucose and a molecule of fructose, link them with a chemical bond and presto, you’ve got yourself a molecule of sucrose.  Put a bunch of those sucrose molecules together in a bowl, place the bowl on the table at the local diner with a little spoon in it, and you’re in business.

Now it’s pretty much a given that high intake of sugar is bad for you, and a list of all reasons why would pretty much fill a book, so let’s save that for another day.  But what’s interesting is that a fair amount of research has been done investigating exactly which of the two components of sugar is worse for you—glucose or fructose.  And the hands-down winner in the “this stuff is bad” category is…fructose.

Figuring Out Fructose…

Fructose is a naturally occurring fruit sugar found, for example, in an apple.  In this form, fructose is absolutely fine.

But the difference between fructose in an apple and fructose in a soda is the difference between a beautiful fur coat on a wild fox and that same fur on the back of a lady at the opera.  It’s gorgeous on its original owner (the fox).   But on the lady?  Not so much.

When fructose is found in its original setting (like an apple or a berry), it’s surrounded with healthful nutrients like phytochemicals and fiber.  When it’s extracted and made into a liquid sweetener, it’s a complete nightmare.

Studies have shown that fructose produces insulin resistance in animals.  Insulin resistance is a central feature of metabolic syndrome and type ll diabetes.

More than any other kind of sugar, fructose raises triglycerides—a serious risk factor for heart disease.  In 2000, Canadian researchers at the University of Toronto fed a high-fructose diet to rodents that have a fat metabolism similar to our own—Syrian golden hamsters.  In a matter of weeks, the hamsters developed both elevated triglycerides and insulin resistance.

Fructose has also been linked to non-alcoholic, fatty-liver disease.  Rats that were given high fructose diets developed a number of undesirable metabolic abnormalities including elevated triglycerides, weight gain, and extra abdominal fat.  So it’s no wonder it contributes mightily to creating new fat on your body.

Interestingly, fructose does not raise blood sugar very much, leading to the wrongheaded idea (popular for a while) that it’s a “good” sugar for diabetics.  It’s not.  It’s bad news.

From Bad to Worse…

Now in the “olden” days, sugar—table sugar that is, plain old sucrose—was expensive.  Not maybe for the average Joe picking up a bag at the grocery store, but for food manufacturers wanting to sweeten products, it was definitely a high-ticket ingredient.

Between sugar tariffs that drove the price of sugar higher and corn subsidies the forced the price of corn lower, a perfect environment was setup to allow food manufacturers to find a solution to the problem of expensive sugar.  Enter high fructose corn syrup.

Take a subsidized crop (like corn), perform a bunch of chemical operations on it, and voila, you had something that was even sweeter than sucrose at a fraction of the cost.  Better yet, it could be added to virtually everything on the table, making those items even more “delicious” and desirable and, of course, moving more product.

Now here’s where it gets tricky.  Chemically speaking, high fructose corn syrup really isn’t that different from table sugar (sucrose).  High fructose corn syrup—at least the most common kind found in soft drinks—is 55 percent fructose and 45 percent glucose.  It’s not a huge difference from the 50/50 mix in plain old sugar.

But the problem is that it’s everywhere.

“The low cost of high fructose corn syrup allowed the explosion of 20-ounce sodas, super big gulps and the like to happen,” says C. Leigh Broadhurst, PhD, a research scientist and nutritionist at the USDA.  “Because sucrose was quite expensive, for years, sodas were limited to the 12-ounce can.  We have also had an explosion of candies, bakery items, and ice cream novelties, which would have been just too costly if they were all made with sugar.  But now, because of high fructose corn syrup, these items are much cheaper to produce.”

So, no matter how you cut the HFCS-sweetened cake, we’re now consuming more fructose than ever.  And refined fructose-—whether we get it from table sugar or from the ubiquitous HFCS—is bad news for your health.

When the Corn Refiners Assocation fights back with their “pro-HFCS” ads, it seems to come down to two arguments: One, it’s no worse than sugar (OK maybe, but that’s like saying Salems are no worse than Marlboros), and two, it’s natural because cause it’s made from corn.

Maybe so, but so is ethanol, and I’m not drinking that either.  And speaking of things I’m not doing, let’s add agave to the list.

Yes, agave.

The Blue Agave Myth

Agave syrup (nectar) is basically high-fructose corn syrup masquerading as a health food.

Sorry.  Don’t kill the messenger.

It’s easy to understand how agave syrup got its great reputation.  Even the word agave has a fine pedigree, coming from the Greek word for “noble.”  The “blue” agave species—considered the best for the making agave nectar—flourishes in rich volcanic soil.  (It’s also the only variety permitted in the making of tequila.)  And extracts from the agave plant have been shown to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.

Unfortunately, there’s zero evidence that any of those compounds are present in the commercially made syrup.

Agave nectar is an amber-colored liquid that pours more easily than honey and is considerably sweeter than sugar.  The health-food crowd loves it because it is gluten-free and suitable for vegan diets, and, most especially, because it’s low-glycemic (we’ll get to that in a moment).  Largely because of its very low glycemic impact, agave nectar is marketed as “diabetic friendly.”   What’s not to like?

As it turns out, quite a lot.

Agave nectar has a low-glycemic index for one reason only: it’s largely made of fructose.  In fact, with the exception of pure liquid fructose, agave nectar has the highest fructose content of any commercial sweetener.  It is a whopping 90 percent fructose, nearly twice as high as HFCS!

In the agave plant, most of the sweetness comes from a particular kind of fructose called inulin, which actually has some health benefits (it’s considered a fiber).  But there’s not much inulin left in the actual syrup.

In the manufacturing process, enzymes are added to the inulin to break it down into digestible sugar (fructose), resulting in a syrup that has a fructose content that is, at best, 57 percent and—much more commonly—as high as 90 percent.

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Re: The Dirty Truth About High Fructose Corn Syrup…
« Reply #1 on: February 13, 2017, 09:59:29 AM »
Fructose is the WORST sweetener - causing diabetes, high cholesterol and heart disease when added to snacks

    Scientists say the type of sugar, not just the amount of it, can be unhealthy
    Fructose - which is naturally-occurring in fruit - is problematic in other foods
    The sweetener can raise cholesterol and increase the risk of diabetes and stroke


By James Draper For Mailonline
Published: 09:17, 13 February 2017
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-4218954/Fructose-WORST-sweetener-added-snacks.html

A sweetener used in chocolate, cakes and fizzy drinks is the deadliest sugar, scientists warn.

Fructose, commonly used in the food industry, becomes damaging when artificially added to other food and drinks.

It is neutralised when present in fruit and vegetables - but turns rogue when imported into other products.

And experts say this raises the risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and stroke in the process.


READ MORE
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-4218954/Fructose-WORST-sweetener-added-snacks.html

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Re: The Dirty Truth About High Fructose Corn Syrup…
« Reply #2 on: February 13, 2017, 10:44:30 AM »
The problem is, it is in EVERYTHING processed.   >:(
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Re: The Dirty Truth About High Fructose Corn Syrup…
« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2017, 10:47:33 AM »
The problem is, it is in EVERYTHING processed.   >:(

You've been warning people since at least  June 02, 2011

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Re: The Dirty Truth About High Fructose Corn Syrup…
« Reply #4 on: February 13, 2017, 10:48:49 AM »
Unless you are an athlete, high-carbohydrate diets are bad. That's why diabetes and the like are so common, because carbs break down into sugars in the body or are stored around the liver as glycogen. Sedentary people don't need that much. Proteins and fats have been neglected.

NRV for vitamins and minerals are set far too low as well.

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Re: The Dirty Truth About High Fructose Corn Syrup…
« Reply #5 on: February 13, 2017, 11:14:31 AM »
You've been warning people since at least  June 02, 2011

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Sadly diabetes is on the rise.  Type II is an insulin resistance.  The medical nutritionist (I know an Oxymoron) tell people with Type II to eat a lot of fruit smoothies, chocolates, and yogurts that contain fructose.
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Re: The Dirty Truth About High Fructose Corn Syrup…
« Reply #6 on: February 13, 2017, 11:28:08 AM »
This is an AWESOME video...

Sugar: The Bitter Truth
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBnniua6-oM

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Watch "The Skinny on Obesity" with Dr. Lustig: http://www.uctv.tv/skinny-on-obesity
Robert H. Lustig, MD, UCSF Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology, explores the damage caused by sugary foods. He argues that fructose (too much) and fiber (not enough) appear to be cornerstones of the obesity epidemic through their effects on insulin. Series: UCSF Mini Medical School for the Public [7/2009] [Health and Medicine] [Show ID: 16717]

More UCTV videos about sugar: http://www.uctv.tv/sugar
Dr. Lustig's book (comes out Dec 27, 2012), "Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity, and Disease": http://www.amazon.com/Fat-Chance-Beat...
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Re: The Dirty Truth About High Fructose Corn Syrup…
« Reply #7 on: February 13, 2017, 02:47:10 PM »
Another angle to consider. High fructose CORN syrup. Corn—is it GMO? If it's made in the USA, then there's an 89% chance that it is.

What about those labels that say, “real sugar”? Is it from sugarcane or sugar beets? If sugar beet, is it GMO? If the label doesn't say, then there's a 50-50 chance of GMO.

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About half of all sugar in the U.S. comes from sugar beets, and the other half comes from sugar cane. Now, for the first time, sugar traders are treating these as two different commodities, with two different prices.

It's all because about eight years ago, nearly all the farmers who grow sugar beets in the United States decided to start growing genetically modified versions of their crop. The GMO beets, which can tolerate the weedkiller glyphosate, otherwise known as Roundup, made it easier for them to get rid of weeds.

http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2016/05/12/477793556/as-big-candy-ditches-gmos-sugar-beet-farmers-hit-sour-patch
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Re: The Dirty Truth About High Fructose Corn Syrup…
« Reply #8 on: February 13, 2017, 03:13:33 PM »


Isn't it true that high fructose corn syrup has fluoride dumped into it?  The sugars we eat are organic honey, cane sugar (labels), and maple syrup (from the trees).

It is very important to not ingest GMO foods because our body reacts to them like a foreign object.  They aren't digested, they are attacked and the body tries to eject them.  It is said GMO corn burns holes in the intestines.

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Re: The Dirty Truth About High Fructose Corn Syrup…
« Reply #9 on: February 13, 2017, 06:23:50 PM »

Isn't it true that high fructose corn syrup has fluoride dumped into it? The sugars we eat are organic honey, cane sugar (labels), and maple syrup (from the trees).

It is very important to not ingest GMO foods because our body reacts to them like a foreign object.  They aren't digested, they are attacked and the body tries to eject them.  It is said GMO corn burns holes in the intestines.

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Re: The Dirty Truth About High Fructose Corn Syrup…
« Reply #10 on: February 13, 2017, 11:55:09 PM »
No no, look below, Donna.

Mercury puts holes in our brains for sure.

So take EDTA for it:
http://www.life-enhancement.com/magazine/article/78-edta-chelation-the-real-miracle-therapy-for-vascular-disease

Here's the classic showing how mercury eats your brain under a microscope.  This is along with the lying main stream media saying on the news how mercury doesn't hurt kids, but might be good for them.  The rat bastards.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CjGsP3pFL-M

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Gut Damage from GMO Foods

Gastrointestinal disorders have been rising within the past 50 years, with gluten, processed foods, and GMOs being the primary culprits driving this increase. Irritable bowel syndrome, Celiac disease, and chronic constipation are a few of the many intestinal disorders that are commonplace today. Glyphosate, an herbicide used in GM crops, has been shown to disturb intestinal microflora balance and promote the growth of harmful bacterial strains. [4] This may interfere with the immune system, increase infection rates, and also cause issues with mood and behavior. [5]

Digestive enzymes may also be reduced following consumption of GMO foods, leading to impaired digestion. [6] Studies also indicate that GMO crops, particularly those that contain glyphosate and Bt-toxin, damage microvilli in the intestinal tract similar to that seen in Celiac disease. [7] Research is unclear whether or not this could be contributing to the rise of Celiac disease diagnoses; however, it could be a main factor...