High Fructose Corn Syrup
For diabetics, one of the most destructive food additives in America is high fructose corn syrup. It has infiltrated many products that used to have sugar for a sweetener. Some manufacturers will try to hide it’s existence in their product by calling it something else like high maltose corn syrup or Maltodextrin.
Why corn syrup?
Why has high fructose corn syrup become so common in food products? We have tariffs on sugar imports to protect domestic producers. This has made sugar expensive to use in foods. Corn is produced in abundance here in the USA and this makes high fructose corn syrup cheap.
It is sweeter than sugar so naturally it has gained acceptance with food producers who are looking for profits. HFCS also has an advantage of extending the shelf life of food products.
Dangers of corn syrup
George A. Bray a former director of Louisiana State University's Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge says: Fructose is absorbed differently than other sugars. It doesn't register in the body metabolically the same way that glucose does. Fructose doesn't stimulate insulin secretion.
When we eat foods that turn into glucose they trigger release of insulin to usher the glucose into our cells for use as energy. Glucose molecules can be used by any cell in the body. Not so with Fructose it must be metabolized by the liver. The liver coverts corn syrups to fatty acids at a greater rate than regular glucose from our foods. The excess fructose we get from high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), maltose corn syrup or Maltodextrin stresses the liver. HFCS inhibits leptin secretion, so your brian never get the message that you’re full.
USDA experiments with rats using fructose found gross abnormalities of vital organs occurred in rats on the fructose diet.They stated: Fructose seems to interfere with copper metabolism to such an extent that collagen and elastin cannot form in growing animals. No surprise that a chiropractor said: The bodies of children I see today are like mush.
Food labeling laws allow products made with HFCS and high maltose corn syrup to be labeled as an all natural product as they are derived from corn a natural food product.
Excessive fructose can lead to a magnesium deficiency in our bodies. Magnesium is essential to good health. It is necessary for heart health, muscle function and strong bones. Diabetics tend to be deficient in magnesium. Magnesium is also needed to ward off diabetic retinopathy and neuropathy. A University of Minnesota study found that excessive fructose also lead to excess trigylcerides in men’s blood.
Well, we can always use honey as a sweetener can’t we? How can you be sure your honey isn’t contaminated? Some large commercial beekeepers have found a faster way to produce honey. Feed the bees HFCS and keep them in lighted areas 24 hours a day to speed up production. Some estimates are that up to 2/3 of the US annual honey production is done this way. Honey produced like this is not required to have HFCS on the label. source: Dr Mercola in Sweet Deception
To get pure honey look for a label that says 100% certified organic honey. Use stevia as a sweetener. Stevia was finally and recently approved by the FDA for sale in the United States. It has been used for 400 years in South Africa with no ill effects.
Common foods found with high fructose corn syrup or high maltose corn syrup.
A1 Steak Sauce
B & M original baked beans
Bulls Eye BBQ sauce
Capri Sun Juice drinks
Coca Cola’s sodas
General Mills Fiber One Bars (My wife thought they were healthy)
Heinz 57 sauce
Hershey’s Chocolate syrup
Kellogg’s cereals - too many to list, including Special K cereal.
Kraft BBQ sauce, Miracle Whip, and some salad dressings
Nabisco 100 calorie snack packs
Newman’s Own Spagetti Sauce
Nutri-Grain cereal bars
Ocean Spray Cranberry juice
Oscar Mayer Lunchables
Pepperidge Farms 100% whole grain breads
Robitussin cough syrup
Sara Lee Heart Healthy Whole Grain Bread
Stove Top Stuffing
Thomas English Muffins
Town House crackers
Vicks decongestant and expectorant
Welches Grape Jam
Wonder Bread made by Interstate Bakeries
This is a short list. There are many more foods with HFCS.
In addition almost all restaurant’s condiments and sauces contain HFCS.
Fructose is a naturally occurring sugar in fruits. While natural fruit is part of a healthy diet we must limit our exposure to fructose to a couple pieces of natural fruit daily. HFCS is a manufactured substance take from corn starches. Commercial fruit juices and products containing corn syrups and HFCS should be avoided as much as possible. We eat more HFCS by accident than we should already.
In my household I have pointed these same things out to my spouse. I’ve made her aware of the tricky labels and foods that appear to be healthy that are not. It makes food shopping a little harder but in the end healthier.
If you get tricked and take home a product with HFCS or one of it’s deceptive label names just take it back to the store for a refund. If the stores give back enough money they’ll pressure manufacturers. If you’re unhappy that a manufacturer has added HFCS to it’s products, contact them to let them know why you’ll no longer be buying their products.
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