Why High Fructose Corn Syrup Is Your Worst Enemy!

High Fructose Corn Syrup CookiesIf you look at the packaging of any sweet food product these days, you’ll likely see “high fructose corn syrup” somewhere among the top ingredients listed. Why does it appear so often and so high? It’s sweet and it’s cheap, the two things companies look for when selecting sweeteners. High fructose corn syrup has made the news lately as it’s been attacked as the reason for the obesity problem in America. As a result, there have been a lot of studies investigating the effects of the stuff on the human body. Besides it’s contributions towards diabetes and the fact it makes people want to eat more, there are a whole host of negative effects no one even mentions. Let’s begin by discussing what exactly the stuff is and then go into the negative effects.

What exactly is high fructose corn syrup? It’s 55% fructose and 45% glucose, which is 5% more fructose than your standard table sugars (they’re 50-50 fructose-glucose). You wouldn’t think that the 5% matters but there is a huge difference. When combined, fructose binds to glucose. In the 50-50 mix, all the fructose is bound to all the glucose. In the 55-45 mix, 10% of the fructose is sitting there free. Those free fructose molecules, after they enter the body, will alter how the heart consumes minerals such as magnesium, copper, and chromium. (if you have elevated levels of magnesium, you run the risk of Osteoporosis)

Why is high fructose corn syrup bad for you? (you mean besides a greater chance of Diabetes and Osteoporosis?) The liver takes fructose or glucose and converts it into triglycerides. Fructose is easier to convert than glucose so with the higher percentages of fructose, you get higher level of triglycerides. Elevated levels of triglycerides can lead to heart disease… that’s just one reason why it’s bad for you.

Here’s where it starts getting a little murky in terms of the negative effects. If you consume a lot of fructose, your body will show higher levels of uric acid. Uric acid may be a symptom of heart disease, researchers haven’t conclusively linked the two, but it definitely is a symptom of gout. Gout is where crystal-like structures develop in your joints, it’s extremely painful.

But wait there’s more. High fructose corn syrup also increases your levels of low-density lipoproteins, or LDL cholesterol (that’s the bad kind). LDL cholesterol is the type that sticks to your arteries!

(Photo by Mrs. Magic)

9 thoughts on “Why High Fructose Corn Syrup Is Your Worst Enemy!

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  2. High fructose corn syrup is the majorative cause of my own and many, many others bouts of fibromyalgia. Problems don’t start until l/1/2 to 2 days after ingestion of food with high fructose corn syrup. And, it is proportional. The more we consume it, the sicker we will be about 3 – 5 days later. A very small amount still causes some problems, but to a much lesser degree. If you are interested, please read my short book on metabolism and HFCS entitled High Fructose Corn Syrup and the Fibromyalgia Connection. I’m happy that I’m not the only one on the crusade to prompt manufacturers to revert to using cane sugar or old fashion corn syrup as sweeteners. For me, the stuff is almost poison. Janice

  3. Thank you for sharing this information and research. Your work is important. I’m sharing your site with my friends and family.

    Did you happen to come across any research linking autism, ADHD or bipolar?

    I plan on doing some more research myself AND limiting and eliminating HFCS from my diet.

    Mahalo and Thanks,

  4. Hello, I just recently wrote a blog about HFCS on my WordPress account! Would you mind if I linked to you? Your blog is much more in depth. I’m really annoyed about the new commercials trying to convince people that HFCS isn’t so bad and I’d like too educate people about the truth behind it.
    (My blog is titled ‘The Space Behind My Face’ on WordPress, and my name on the account is JordySullivan)

  5. I’ve been suffering severe fibromyalgia. I got a virus and was too sick to eat for a day plus lost everything (the gross ways). Surprisingly, the next day, after no food for a day, all of my FM symptoms were much better. I ate only clear liquids that day for my stomach, and the next day my FM symptoms were back and much worse. I finally made the connection in my mind that food was playing a big role. When I looked at the ingredients in the clear liquid foods, they all had HFCS as the #1 ingredient. I then suspected it, and started searching for info and ended up here. Today I am starting a diet HFCS free to see what happens. I’ll come back and let you know. Thanks for the info.

  6. how do we alert the public and the news on television about how dangerous this high fruitose is ,I have gout from it,I wish I kew better……..

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  9. It has been 10 months since I made a concentrated effort to give up HFCS. That is when I found out it is in everything. Think you do well eating a salad for lunch? Watch out! HFCS is in salad dressings. A few do not have it and yes they are the more expensive ones. Yogert..oh now thats healthy right? Read the labels. Popular and highly advertised ones have HFCS. I used a powdered creamer for over 20 years. Guess what poisons I was ingesting? Now,I am no longer hungry a hour after eating. I eat 3 meals and have to remember to eat lunch now that I eat properly. I am losing weight slowly, but only by giving up HFCS. I eat cheeze crackers which is not every day but I enjoy them because no HFCS. I eat a waffle from time to time, but only with pure maple syrup. Feel 20 years younger too!

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