Did you know that the number one source of dietary calories in the United States comes from a corn based industrial sweetener called high fructose corn syrup? This ingredient is used as a sweetener and is omnipresent in cookies, sodas, salad dressings, yogurts, soups, cereals, breads, ice tea, ketchup, bacon, peanut butter, mustard and even beer! If the food is processed it probably has high fructose corn syrup as a component. And we know that about ninety cents out of every dollar in the US is spent on processed foods.
High fructose corn syrup is used because it is inexpensive to produce, transport and store. IT IS ONE OF THE MOST DANGEROUS and damaging food additives ever created! High fructose corn syrup interferes with an enzyme that helps deliver copper to your organs, effectively resulting in a copper deficiency for many. It impacts the heart, testes and pancreas and damages the liver causing inflammation and cirrhosis. It is definitely linked to the sharp rises in obesity and diabetes.
Fructose is thirty times more glycating than glucose and it’s consumption affects ones predisposition to chronic disease. Animals fed a high fructose diet in the lab developed livers that were inflamed and scarred with dead tissue- much like the cirrhosis of hard core alcoholics! High fructose corn syrup has been linked to diabetes, cancer, heart disease, obesity, gout, weakened immune system, cirrhosis, osteoporosis, anemia and mineral deficiencies. Finally, high fructose corn syrup is metabolized directly into fat faster than any other sugar and that speed is faster still when it is in liquid form as found in sodas! High fructose corn syrup has been found to contain mercury, a very neurotoxic and cardio toxic heavy metal. Please read labels when buying food. Avoid processed foods. Your life depends upon it. This post was adapted loosely from author and nutritionist Nora Gesgaudas. Thank you Nora! Your writings are inspiring.