High Fructose Corn Syrup

In the last post, I mentioned the ubiquitousness of corn in the American diet. Since then, the Corn Refiners Association petitioned the Food and Drug Administration to change the designation ‘high fructose corn syrup’ to ‘corn sugar.’” Mary Ellen Podmolik, writing in a “Chicago Tribune” article, says the current name “has taken a beating and is now the target of food-makers’ campaigns for being removed from products” ranging from breads to fruit drinks to ketchup.

Sounds like a political move to me and a maneuver to deceive unsuspecting consumers. To misquote Shakespeare, A skunk by another other name is still a skunk. No matter what we call sugar made from corn, We Americans are overdosing on it and endangering our health.

In an August 27, 2010, health newsletter, Dr. Joseph Mercola wrote: “Research just published in the journal Cancer Research shows that the way the different sugars are metabolized (using different metabolic pathways) is of MAJOR consequence when it comes to feeding cancer and making it proliferate. …The study confirms the old adage that sugar feeds cancer, because they found that tumor cells do thrive on sugar (glucose). However, the cells used fructose for cell division, speeding up the growth and spread of the cancer. …In a nutshell, ALL forms of sugar are detrimental to health in general and promote cancer, but in slightly different ways, and to a different extent. Fructose, however, clearly seems to be one of the overall most harmful.”

Dr. William Douglas wrote in a July newsletter that researchers monitored the sugar habits of more than 4,500 American adults in a three-year study and “calculated the effect of added sugars from fructose—not to be confused with the natural fructose in, say, an apple—on blood pressure. … And they found that those who gobbled down the most added sugar also had the highest blood pressure…”

As he concluded, “There’s simply no healthy role for sugar in a human diet.” When you shop for groceries this week, buy fresh fruits, vegetables, dairy and meat instead of boxed products, and you’ll cut added fructose in your diet to zero. Becky

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