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*There is much recent debate over whether the infiltration of high fructose corn syrup into America's food supply is a danger to consumers. High fructose corn syrup has been linked to obesity, heart disease, and fatty liver. Since corn has become a government subsidized crop, HFCS has become a processed food juggernaut, especially in the United States where obesity rates have risen at alarming rates. Another concern has surfaced as well, as many foods containing the corn sweetener have been found to be contaminated with mercury. What is not deniable is that high fructose corn syrup is here to stay for the foreseeable future. However, you have the power to protect you and your family by avoiding foods made with the highly processed sugar substitute.
The author of this article and owner of HighFructoseFree.com has noticed that signs of rage and aggression have disappeared from friends, colleagues and even his self upon removing High Fructose Corn Syrup from diets. As no research is available from this topic it is currently a simple observation.
One of the greatest dangers of HFCS is in the way it is processed by our bodies. As its name states, HFCS is high in its content of fructose. Fructose, unlike other sugars is processed by the liver, similarly to alcohol. After it has been broken, the liver passes it in the form of fat into the blood stream. This is very different than glucose for example, also called blood sugar, which is easily absorbed by the body and it is converted into energy. For this reason, it is assumed by many dieticians that HFCS is the culprit contributing to fatty liver and obesity.
Obesity has become an epidemic in the United States. It was in the 1980's that rates began to climb, not long after HFCS became commonly used in numerous processed foods. The use of HFCS has grown ever since and obesity rates are currently skyrocketing. There is absolutely no doubt that consumption of high fructose corn syrup has continued to increase exuberantly, except in other countries that still prefer to sweeten their food and drinks with cane sugar. The fact those countries have not battled obesity nearly as much as the US further supports the case against HFCS.
The reason that HFCS has become so huge in the processed food industry is simple to understand. It's cheap and there's plenty of it. HFCS is 20% cheaper than other alternatives, and now that the government is subsidizing corn farming, taking a stand against HFCS seems almost un-American. You see commercials exploiting hardworking, American farmers, saying that "sugar is sugar" and "your body can't tell the difference". The truth is there has not been appropriate testing of the long term effects of HFCS. Most of the testing that has been done is supported by pro-corn organizations and results are not founded on unbiased research. To further manipulate HFCS's image amongst consumers, these groups are lobbying to have its name changed to corn sugar, to associate their product more closely with alternatives like cane or beet sugar.
A new discovery was made, when researchers found several products with high fructose corn syrup containing mercury. It is thought that this mercury exists in HFCS that has been processed in outdated chloral/alkali plants. These plants still use a chloral alkali acid to break down corn starch, instead of the more effective alternative of using enzymes, which results in the four bi-products derived from corn starch: corn syrup, dextrose crystals, glucose syrup, and of course the much sweeter high fructose corn syrup. While not all plants use this process, it is difficult to tell if you're consuming HFCS that has been tainted by the choral alkali process. Food manufacturers don't publish which processing plants make the HFCS used in their products, and with the amount of processed foods made with HFCS, consumers have no idea whether or not they are ingesting the poisonous substance or what products it's coming from.
Until more research is done, we really don't know what dangers are associated with HFCS. At this point we can only speculate. HFCS could very well contribute to obesity, heart disease, and fatty liver, but is the unknown dangers we should fear the most. Remember that there are those out there who want you to believe that HFCS is a perfectly safe alternative to cane sugar. However, anything that becomes as widely consumed as HFCS should be investigated beforehand. For now, the safest bet is staying away from foods that contain HFCS, which is no simple task unless you happen to live on a farm and stick to making all of your sugary treats from scratch. To beat a dead horse, stay away from the sweets!
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