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The REAL Truth About High Fructose Corn Syrup
The Lies Being Told
I'm sure by now that everyone has seen those commercials that have been playing for a few years. They are all the same, two people - one clearly a misinformed know-it-all and the other, a smart person with a condescending attitude. The mis-informed person gasps and can't believe the other person is eating / drinking / serving something that contains high fructose corn syrup in it. The other person - the condescending person - asks what's so bad about corn syrup. The mis-informed person stands there, jaw dropped and looking clueless.
Then the smart, condescending person goes on to say that high fructose corn syrup is made of corn and is okay in moderation- just like sugar! The obnoxious know-it-all does some 'silly me' shrug as the condescending smarty-pants smiles and goes back to feeding jugs of liquid bright red something to all the unsuspecting kids at the party- or whatever he or she was doing.
I am outraged every time these commercials air. How the heck can the FDA and our government allow this kind of absurdity? There is even a website called sweetsurprise.com, a webpage that tries to convince consumers high fructose syrup is safe. The claim that high fructose corn syrup is 'safe in moderation' doesn't make sense. High fructose corn syrup is found in most products these days. It's a cheap ingredient alternative and can be found in products like bread, pasta, mayonaise and baby formula. It would be very difficult for the average person to consume high fructose corn syrup in moderation.
The FDA turns a blind eye to a lot of things. It's quite clear that the FDA does not care about the health of Americans. It has everything to do with the almighty dollar these days- which has become more important in this country than human lives.
Another important fact that people need to be aware of is that high fructose corn syrup is banned in Europe. It's not like sugar and it's not okay to consume- not even in moderation. It is shockingly obvious that Europeans are much healthier - and thinner - than Americans. Yes, there is a good reason why high fructose corn syrup is banned in Europe.
The real surprise about high fructose corn syrup isn't so sweet.
High Fructose Corn Syrup is Nothing Like Sugar
High fructose corn syrup is processed differently from sugar. It does not break down properly in the body. High levels of mercury have been detected in high fructose corn syrup. Something that is definitely not found in regular sugar.
The Corn Industry Targeting Doctors
The Corn Industry has gone as far as sending pamphlets to doctors in hopes of 'educating' them about high fructose corn syrup. The pamphlets are meant to misguide doctors into giving poor advice to patients who are probably already sick and / or obese.
Serious Health Issues Linked to High Fructose Corn Syrup
From rotting teeth to a failing liver, high fructose corn syrup has been linked to a number of health problems. Since the introduction of corn syrup, obesity rates and disease among Americans have sky rocketed. Here are some of the complications that can arise from consuming high fructose corn syrup.
- Tooth Decay
- Liver Failure
- Heart Disease
How to Protect Yourself and Your Family
Check out labels. You'll be shocked to see how many products contain high fructose corn syrup. Other names for high fructose corn syrup are corn syrup and corn sugar. Corn sugar has an innocent sound to it but don't be fooled. It's just another sneaky attempt at trying to trick consumers.
Most importantly, don't believe everything you hear or read. Many times industries will put out false or misleading information to confuse the public. It's all in an attempt to stay in business and make money. Know where your information is coming from and do your own research. Some unbiased links can be found below.
- Princeton University - A sweet problem: Princeton researchers find that high-fructose corn syrup pro
- The Dirty Truth About High Fructose Corn Syrup…
Clever, yet deceptive marketing has convinced millions of people that high fructose corn syrup isn't all that bad, however, nothing could be further from the truth.
- Mark Hyman, MD: The Not-So-Sweet Truth About High Fructose Corn Syrup
The current media debate about the benefits (or lack of harm) of high fructose corn syrup in our diet misses the obvious.