AVOID High Fructose Corn Syrup
06-27-2003 01:58 PM
AVOID High Fructose Corn Syrup
This stuff turns right to fat bro's. Your body doesn't know how to process it any other way from what I've read.
Make sure you read the label on the "low fat" mayo or any "Fat free" product.
Most of the time HFCS is in there.
It's a processed product. While naturally occurring sugars, as well as sucrose contain fructose bound to other sugars, high fructose corn syrup contains a good deal of "free" or onbound fructose. Like any processed foods it creates problems. It may even be that this free fructose interferes with the heart's use of key minerals like magnesium, copper and chromium. Among other consequences, it has been implicated in elevated blood cholesterol levels, and blood clotting. Worst of all, it causes the white blood cells of the immune system to become "sleepy" and unable to defend against harmful foreign invaders.
According to a recent Wall Street Journal column by Michael Waldholz (February 20, 2003), childhood weight gain in America might be caused in good measure by "the sweetening of America." When sugar is consumed in high quantities as "liquid candy" (HFCS in processed drinks and foods), unused amounts are stored as fat cells. If we were deprived of foods for long periods, these storage units would be adaptive or would be adaptive in an evolutionary sense. Yet, that's not the case in the 21st century! Instead of burning this energy, sedentary kids store more and more of it, and that's why they're getting fatter.
HFCS is a monosaccharide that is roughly 75 percent sweeter than sucrose. It consists of hydrolyzed corn starch. A 12-ounce soda pop drink may consist of mostly water but the fructose syrup that gives it the good taste contains the same amount of calories as found in ten teaspoons of sugar. Not even a teenager would knowingly administer that much sugar into his/her bloodstream on a conscious basis.
Avoid this stuff and educate any kids you know to drink less soda pop.
<B>Some problems created</B>
Some recent studies show "Rats normally live for a good two years," explains Meira Fields, Ph.D., research chemist at the USDA in Beltsville, Maryland. "But the rats in my study fed a high-fructose, low copper diets are dying after 5 weeks." One of the few human studies of low-copper, high-fructose diets was abruptly stopped when 4 of the 24 subjects developed heart-related abnormalities, according to Fields. High fructose diets have also been implicated in the development of adult-onset diabetes. Fructose, especially when combined with other sugars, reduces stores of chromium, a mineral essential for maintaining balanced insulin levels, according to Richard Anderson, Ph.D., lead scientist at the Human Nutrition Research Center in Beltsville, Maryland. And low chromium levels can cause everything from high cholesterol levels to hyperglycemia to the kind of impaired glucose tolerance that can lead to adult-onset diabetes. But reversing the chromium deficiency can quickly bring about positive change. "In addition to bringing down high blood sugar, chromium can also bring up low blood sugar. Bringing a man's chromium levels into the safe range can have a profound effect on his feeling of well-being," says Anderson.
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