Dangers of High Fructose Corn Syrup - HFCS

Submitted by SadInAmerica on Sat, 04/12/2008 - 11:19pm.

HFCS high fructose corn syrup is responsible for a dangerous epidemic of obesity and diabetes. People under the age of 45 are “children of the corn.” Like Stephen King's thriller, they are reaping the consequences... of the food industry’s high fructose corn syrup. 

They were children or young adults in the late 70s, 80s and 90s when high fructose corn syrup was introduced to the American food supply as a cheap replacement for sugar. Now many of them are struggling with an epidemic of obesity and diabetes, also being referred to as diabesity.

In a recent chemical analysis of eleven carbonated soft drinks sweetened with high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), researchers from Rutgers University found very high levels of reactive carbonyls.

Reactive carbonyls, which have been linked to tissue damage and complications of diabetes, are elevated in the blood of people with diabetes. A single can of soda, however, has five times that concentration of reactive carbonyls. Old-fashioned table sugar, on the other hand, has no reactive carbonyls.

When people from Iceland visit the United States, the first thing they notice is the number of fat people they see. The average weight of American women (164 pounds) and men (191 pounds) has increased 25 pounds since 1960. We are the fattest people on earth,
thanks to Coke, Pepsi and ADM - Archer Daniels Midland - the largest producer of HFCS.

Due to federal agribusiness subsidies, every dollar of profits earned by ADM's corn sweetener operation costs consumers $10. Of the $113.6 billion in taxpayer commodity subsidy payments distributed by the USDA between 1995 and 2004, corn drew $41.8 billion -- more than cotton, soy, and rice combined. What's wrong with this picture? Maybe it's the Iowa presidential primary. Where do the presidential candidates and your congress people stand on corn subsidies? Who sucks up to ADM?

The occurrence of new cases of type 2 diabetes has doubled over the past three decades, according to a report in the American Heart Association's journal Circulation - June 2006. The percentage of overweight children in the United States has tripled since 1980. The epidemic of type 2 diabetes cases across the nation is likely to lead to a substantially higher incidence of strokes among middle-aged adults and newly diagnosed diabetics.

"Most, but not all, of the increase in diabetes occurred in people who were obese - those with a body mass index of 30 or more," according to the National Lung, Heart, and Blood Institute in Framingham, Massachusetts.

A person with diabetes has a 50 percent chance of having a heart attack compared with a risk of 5 percent for people without diabetes or who don’t know if they have a vascular disease. In fact, diabetes puts you at the same risk for a heart attack as a non-diabetic who has had a heart attack and whose risk of another is substantially higher.


More than one out of every three individuals in the United States has diabetes or impaired fasting glucose, a condition that increases the risk of developing diabetes.

The CDC estimates that diabetes costs the United States $92 billion
in medical costs and $40 billion in indirect costs.

It is getting difficult to find a food product at the grocery store or McDonalds that is not loaded with HFCS. One 20-ounce bottle of Coke, Pepsi, Mt Dew, Sprite or Dr. Pepper is the equivalent of pouring 17 teaspoons of sugar straight into your body. HFCS is the leading ingredient after carbonated water in these beverages. Women who drink at least one regular soda a day are 85 percent more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those who drink less. It also leads to tooth decay.

High Fructose Corn Syrup is found in fruit drinks like Capri Sun, Sunny Delight, Snapple, Hawaiian Punch, Ocean Spray Cranberry Juice and in most energy drinks. It is also found in chocolate drinks like Yoohoo, Arizona Tea, SoBe Beverages, cookies, ice cream, Campbell soup, Heinz Ketchup, Ragu, Aunt Jemima Syrup, Hershey's Syrup, Breyers Yogurt, Kraft Barbecue Sauce, Smucker's Preserves and some breakfast cereals.

High fructose corn syrup masquerades under the name of crystalline fructose in Glaceau Vitamin Water and some energy drinks. Naive teenagers guzzle this "poison" because they think it is good for them. Then they go on a diet and wonder why they are still gaining weight.

Have you seen the new commercials on TV for Capri Sun? The ad suggests that Capri Sun is now healthy for you because they have added antioxidants. As long as they continue to sweeten Capri Sun with HFCS, they are lying to you.

People who use HFCS as a sweetener increase their triglycerides 32 percent relative to people who use mostly sugar, according to University of Minnesota professor John Bantle. The body metabolizes high fructose corn syrup differently than sugar. It blunts the body's ability to recognize when it is full and increases a person's appetite.

High Fructose Corn Syrup puts people at risk for metabolic syndrome. According to the Mayo Clinic, "Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of conditions that occur together, increasing your risk for heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Having just one of these conditions — increased blood pressure, elevated insulin levels, excess body fat around the waist or abnormal cholesterol levels — contributes to your risk of serious disease. In combination, your risk is even greater."

There is a a rise in uric acid in the bloodstream that occurs after fructose is consumed. The temporary spike of HFCS blocks the action of insulin, which typically regulates how body cells use and store sugar and other food nutrients for energy. If uric acid levels are frequently elevated, over time features of metabolic syndrome may develop, including high blood pressure, obesity and elevated blood cholesterol levels.


Research by the U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reveals that high fructose diets shorten the life span of laboratory mice from the normal two years to a mere five weeks.

Overweight Hispanic-American children who consume lots of sugary foods and drinks show signs of pancreatic beta cell decline - a forerunner of type 2 diabetes.

Researchers at the University of Southern California came to that conclusion after studying 63 overweight Hispanic children, ages 9 to 13, all without diabetes. The team tracked the children's eating habits and also took blood samples before and after giving them sweets.

Beta cells in the pancreas create insulin in response to sugar obtained from food. When beta cells start to function less effectively, they produce less insulin, leading ultimately to diabetes. The USC team found that about 40 percent of the sweets consumed by the children in this study came from sugary drinks such as soda or sweetened juices.

If you compare the population of non-diabetics to diabetics, the average life span is 10 years less. There are many complications that occur with diabetes. They include coronary artery disease, peripheral vascular disease, blindness, kidney disease and loss of sensation in the hands and feet.

Older people may have something to worry about also. The leading theory about the cause of Alzheimer's Disease implicates insulin. Insulin concentrations in the brain drop significantly in early Alzheimer's and continue to fall as the disease worsens, suggesting that Alzheimer's Disease may be Type 3 diabetes. Researchers found that insulin is not just produced in the pancreas, but also in the brain.


If you wish to prevent diabetes and Alzheimer's disease, the prudent thing to do is to read the label of food items and beverages before you buy them at the store. If you see High Fructose Corn Syrup or crystalline fructose - Don't Buy It!


One tip is to try an ethnic grocery store - such as an Asian or Latino food store, if you have trouble finding HFCS free foods that you like. The American food industry doesn't give two "toots" about your health.


According to Dr. Mark Hyman, MD "Immediate action is needed to address this problem on a societal level. The time for blaming the victim, for putting the entire responsibility of the obesity epidemic on a gluttonous population is over. The science is clear, and we have the means to save lives and millions in health care dollars.”


Question of the decade: Why doesn't the FDA approve
stevia as a sweetener? Stevia was introduced in the 1970s in Japan and accounts for over 40% of the sweetener market there. It is also commonly used in South America. Only 24 percent of Japanese aged 15 and older are believed to be overweight, compared to over 65 percent of adults in the United States.

In 1991, at the request of an anonymous complaint, the FDA labeled stevia as an unsafe food additive. It is truly absurd that the medical establishment and government watch dogs in the U.S. are so myopic as to believe that if a product has not been scientifically proven safe inside the borders of the U.S., then it is dangerous until proven otherwise. What's wrong with this picture?

According to Dr. William Dietz of the CDC (Center for Disease Control), in the February 2006 issue of the Journal of Pediatrics, "Consumption of excess calories can produce weight gain. The high fructose content of sugar-sweetened beverages may promote hepatic lipogenesis, and the reduced insulinogenic response may decrease the inhibitory effects of these sugar-sweetened beverages on food intake. In addition, significant weight gain may occur when carbohydrates are consumed as liquids rather than as solids."



Soft drinking teens pile on pounds and obesity

According to a study released March 6, 2006, the number of overweight children is on the rise worldwide and by the end of the decade the number of overweight children will have caused a strain on our health system as they age. It is estimated that just under half of the children in North and South America will be overweight by 2010, up from about 28%. In Europe, about 38% of the children will be overweight, compared to 25% currently.

Dr. James said researchers had analyzed reports from 1980 to 2005 as well as World Health Organization data. They found data for trends over time covering school-age populations in 25 countries and preschool-age children in 42 countries.

In the drinks study, a team at Boston's Children's Hospital monitored the weight of 103 teenagers, putting half of them on unsweetened or artificially-sweetened drinks and letting the other half continue to consume sugary drinks. They concluded that a single 330ml can a day of sweetened drinks could lead teens to put on 1 pound every three or four weeks.
News Article

 

Diabetes Risk Factors
  • Are you overweight?
  • Do you drink soft drinks or juices with High Fructose Corn Syrup everyday?
  • Do you have high cholesterol?
  • Do you spend too much time online or watching TV and don't exercise enough?
  • Do you have relatives with diabetes?
  • Do you have heart disease?
  • Do you smoke?
  • Are you over 55?
  • Are you over 45 and have high blood pressure?
  • Are you over 35 and are Asian, Black, Latino or Native American?



As a footnote, a new Italian study suggests Aspartame (NutraSweet) causes cancer in rats at levels currently approved for humans.



The Dangers of Corn Oil

A study at the San Francisco VA Medical Center demonstrates that omega-6 fatty acids such as the fat found in corn oil promote the growth of prostate tumor cells in the laboratory.

Working with human prostate cancer cells in tissue culture, researchers identified for the first time a direct chain of causation: When introduced into prostate tumor cells in culture, omega-6 fatty acid causes the production of cPLA2, which then causes the production of the enzyme COX2. In turn, COX2 stimulates the release of PGE2, a hormone-like molecule that promotes cell growth.

What's important about this is that omega-6 fatty acids are found in corn oil and most of the oils used in bakery goods, which means that if you're eating a diet high in omega-6 fatty acids, it's possible that you're turning on this cancer cascade, which has been shown to be a common denominator in the growth of prostate, colorectal, and some breast cancers.

The study points out that 60 years ago in the United States, the dietary ratio of omega-6 to omega-3, a beneficial fatty acid, was 1 to 2. Today, the ratio is 25 to 1. Over that same 60 years, the incidence of prostate cancer in the U.S. has increased steadily.

This is one more reason it is important to pay attention to the fats that you are eating. Substitute olive oil whenever possible, and take omega 3 fish oil capsules daily. Remember, always be good to yourself.

 

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Submitted by SadInAmerica on Sat, 04/12/2008 - 11:19pm.

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orlando gold buyer (not verified) | Thu, 12/23/2010 - 7:53pm

I guess this is a case where you should somethings so it won't hurt you. Interesting info.

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Mary (not verified) | Wed, 11/04/2009 - 4:29pm

According to research and my latest email from Coca Cola, HFCS contains measurable amounts of mercury and lead deemed by the FDA to be at levels safe enough for human consumption.

Toxic chemicals that are deemed at levels safe enough for human consumption? This is our government in bed with corporate America. How is this change, regardless of which political party is in charge?

We need to start holding those in charge of our nation as accountable for their actions. Great shades of H1N1 and paranoid parents, I sure hope that none of them are feeding their children foods containing HFCS or else they would be hypocrites.

Anonymous (not verified) | Wed, 03/31/2010 - 2:33pm

Modern science can measure extremely minute levels of impurities. Mercury and lead are natural materials present in the environment which are detectable at levels far below what is present in nature - thus it is not possible to remove this background impurity level below measurable levels.

So saying something has "measurable" levels of these materials means noting. Everything on earth contains these substances at measurable levels thanks to the extreme capabilities of modern analytic chemistry.

Kaz (not verified) | Sun, 08/30/2009 - 8:23pm

It may not be our consumption of HFCS that causes the epidemic levels of obesity, but total sugar intake. Specifically soft drinks...

http://healthmad.com/nutrition/dangers-of-high-fructose-corn-syrup/

Anonymous (not verified) | Fri, 01/29/2010 - 4:43am

It is not just hfcs...its EVERYTHING together...all the junk, garbage people eat...sugars, junk food, carbs, fatty foods..cakes, cookies...anything that is junk....that is what is causing this epidemic. HFCS is only a small part of it...how this society eats, what is being marketed...it is the worst food you can imagine...mcdonalds, burgers, fries...fried foods, sugary foods, fatty desserts and sugar...an abundance of food and eating...eating is a luxury...people eat out of boredom...they eat, and then eat some more...there is an abundance of food and people take advantage of it....they eat in excess...go to buffets where you are being told to eat more and more....it is so ridiculous...it is really necessary to eat 'this much'?? these large mass quantities of not only food but not even real food---just junk...chips, snacks, cakes, cookies... more and more...and more....and nothing really healthy....people dont know how to eat healthy...they dont know much or any better....its sad....they think sushi is healthy then run and grab fried shrimp and cream cheese and tout that as 'health food'...this society has no clue what it's doing....and people are too stupid to know what is good for them or not.....and even doctors and scientists will argue adn claim that aspartame has no true scientific evidence or research of being dangerous! i know b/c my siblings who are doctors have stated this! totally absurd....no one wakes up to health problems...all they care about is....flavor, cravings....more and more...it's pathetic....HFCS is bad but eliminating it isn't going to solve any problems or cure any....the epidemic will continue and in greater numbers except only under the guise of the next ridiculous sweetener the large corps will create to fool the masses of sweet eating idiots out there who grab at any piece of junk food without a second thought or care to their health, mental health etc...

Bill M (not verified) | Mon, 08/10/2009 - 12:02am

I think this is a drastic correlation. Even the original proponents of this have backed off due to lack of specific evidence. The stats are true, but the increases are due to increased consumption. Poor diets are the reason, not moderated consumption of specific ingredients. Yes, avoid excessive consumption of sugar and HFCS, but the ingredient itself is not the reason. High consumption of many things in today's diet will contribute to many degenerative diseases.

See: http://jn.nutrition.org/cgi/content/ful...

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/07/02/busin...

Bill M
billhealth@aol.com

Anonymous (not verified) | Wed, 03/04/2009 - 6:35pm

HCFS is also implicated in the rash of fructose intolerance. Researchers in the Midwest have found that nearly a 1/3 or people with IBS test positive for fructose intolerance. Why are so many people becoming intolerant? Maybe its the high fructose corn syrup that our bodies cannot recognize. Thanks for the info!!! I love this site!!!!

lori (not verified) | Thu, 02/19/2009 - 2:47pm

WHY USE STEVIA INSTEAD OF HFCS IN PRODUCTS, WHEN THE PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES CAN USE IT AS THE NEW WONDER DRUG(CURE) AND SELL IT AND MAKE BIG BUCKS.

ISNT THERE A PRODUCT WITH THIS NAME IN IT ON THE MARKET FOR THE PEOPLE? I'M MOST SURE I SAW IT

MONEY MONEY MONEY.....NOT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE...MONEY! THATS WHY.

lori (not verified) | Thu, 02/19/2009 - 2:22pm

Not only did i read this for the first time, but i went directly to the fridge and pantry and cleaned out.

I needed to know why i started feeling different in my body. bouts of things , not feelin right , no explaination. so i said to husband, to know if this is true, we need to try this. STOP using anything withHFCS in it and see if we see/feel different in our health.

That is the only sure way to know if articles and research are for real. Well we just started 2/19/09 we didnt find too much stuff with it in, but MY ICE CREAM.. Oreos, My O's cereal, well its worth it, i would gather...we will let u know.

I thank God for this article and ASK HIM to bless you all that are lookin out for us and are BOLD enough to post it. God has blessed you all

lori

Jonathan | Thu, 02/19/2009 - 6:35pm

Hello Lori,

You'd be surprised what commercially processed foods contain horrible nasty life-threatening chemicals and genetically modified plant materials which our bodies are in constant battle with.  Run down immune system, degredated funtioning of individual organs and ultimately a situation which each failing organ compounds the failure of other organs; result is systemic failure.  We will age and die prematurely because of these nasty little "conveniences" in life.  They will become the most inconvenient of all in the end.

Thank you for providing this true emotion for others to see.  Many people are either in shock or disbelief and can not process the reality that they are finding themselves in.  Your comments will surely help someone.  Yes, please do update us on your personal findings!

In the mean time, we will research plain ol' corn syrup and see what we find.  I do know, that if they are using GMO corn, it will have negative effects on health.

Thank you very much Lori.  Please help spread the truth as far as you can.  This is something that we must ALL stand up together and fight as much as possible.

Anonymous (not verified) | Fri, 01/29/2010 - 6:47pm

Have you noticed all the T.V. ads, about HFCS Lately.
They start off with a person concearned because they have been offered something with HFCS, the person offering it says, It's the same as sugar,same calories, etc. (This is not verbatum). I see these ads often here where I live.
This seems very deceptive.
Thank you so much for this article. Please excuse my spelling:)

Anonymous (not verified) | Wed, 03/31/2010 - 2:26pm

Well actually they are not saying anything false. HFCS is chemically the same as sugar - it 50% glucose and 50% fructose just like table sugar. Since it is chemically the same it has exactly the smae calorie content.

Anonymous (not verified) | Thu, 02/05/2009 - 8:09pm

This is dangerous to do for anyone with diabeties so I don't recommend doing it. I kept hearing all this hype about how HFCS isn't that bad for you and blah blah so I decided to run a little test on myself. I have type two diabetes brought on by the fact that I have PCOS(Poly cystic ovarian sydrome). My sugar levels have been controlled for some time now.

What I did was after taking my meds and making sure my blood suagr was normal like it always is now, when it was low I drank pop/soda with HFCS in it and 2 hours later took my sugar levels like I am supposed to and they were still high even though my meds are supposed to control that. The next day I did the same thing making sure my sugar levels were the same as when I drank the pop the day before and I drank fruit juice with no other additives than just fruit it's self, the fruit juice and the pop had the same amount of carb sugars listed on them. After drinking the juice and waiting two hours I took my blood suagr again and guess what...my levels were normal unlike when I drank the pop.

I've done this a few times over the last year to make sure that it wasn't just a one time thing and each time the natural fruit juice with no additives won out.

Needless to say I now avoid anything with HFCS in it...though it seems to be hard to find ketchup with out the stuff in it which is just sad.

Anonymous (not verified) | Mon, 06/22/2009 - 12:17pm

u can find ketchup when its organic at places like whole foods. no HFCS, or anything else.

Caleb (not verified) | Tue, 02/03/2009 - 2:30am

This information is awesome. Thank you!

Anonymous (not verified) | Thu, 01/29/2009 - 2:32am

I began having migrane headaches after the birth of my 4th child. I suffered for 18 years taking all kinds of medications, non of which helped. At the request of my husband I went to an Alergist. Had the skin test and was injected with corn. My arm swelled, I immeditatly got a migrane and had trouble breathing. I have since cut the corn from my diet. The first week on a corn free diet I lost 8 pounds and at the end of 2 weeks I had lost 13 pounds. My acid reflux and digestive problems went away. I have been corn free for 4 years and have never felt better. But it is very hard to find foods that do not contain HFCS or corn in any form. Thank you for educating people about the ills of corn. Now all we need to do is get the FDA to ban it from our food!

Anonymous (not verified) | Mon, 11/03/2008 - 11:55pm

The only thing I would like to see more of is where the statistics come from. For all I know you could have pulled them out of a cereal box in a van down by the river. I didn't even think about the implications of other corn products....very interesting.

arthur (not verified) | Thu, 10/30/2008 - 10:11pm

I began to get sick very much like a hangover but for no reason.For months I checked everything I ate because after eating 45min. or so I got sick , but not all the time.I fften worked out of town and I would still get sick.the only thing reakky in commen at home and out of town was I allways ate a big plate of pan cakes.only in the last 6 months or so I had been eating lots of waffals,as I bought them in bulk from costco. so I thought I must be diabetic because of all the sryup I was using but after taking the tests my doctor told me every thing was fine,liver blood sugar so looking at the ingrediants hfcs was number 1 in sryup.I quit eating anything with hfcs in it . I am a whole new person not scared im gonna get sickout of the blue.I tell everyone I meet please do not feed it to your kids. Compared to hfcs , sugar is the new health food. thank you for reading this.

Anonymous (not verified) | Thu, 09/11/2008 - 2:43pm

This really helped with my research project, thanks so much for this. **************************************************************** You are absolutely welcome! Our goal here at KnowTheLies is to reach as many people as possible about the world in which we now live. We all must be smarter about the choices we make for ourselves and especially our children. If one families' lifestyle has been changed because of this article, all of our days, weeks, and monthes of research has been well worth it. We do our very best to expose the dark side of Big Pharma and their conspirators because YOU have the RIGHT to know. Thanks for your time spent here, please visit us often. You just never know the next thing that we expose! Comments like yours is the fuel we thrive on and it makes us work even harder. Thanks! Yours in Liberty, SadInAmerica

Cath Stephens (not verified) | Mon, 08/25/2008 - 11:24pm

Great post, and good info. It seems to be getting harder and harder to find articles that list the dangers of high fructose corn syrup. In many posts, people have mentioned that "Countries have banned the use of HFCS". I would very much like to know WHAT Countries exactly. Thanks for your time.

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Cardio Twister (not verified) | Wed, 07/28/2010 - 7:49pm

Well, Yes everything has a danger and should be controlled on how much we consume but like anything, our bodies can process the stuff and deal with too much and none at all. It just is dangerous when your body is overfilled with HFCS. You body will start producing Fat cells faster then they can be controlled and burned. That's the danger of HFCS.