High-Fructose Corn Syrup: Sweet and Silent Killer

Corn syrup is among the favorite sweeteners in a wide variety of treats and beverages like sodas and fruit-flavored drinks but did you know that it contains very high levels of fructose that can kill you? And no, we’re not exaggerating.

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In fact, when given the choice of sweetener it is still best that you choose sugar over corn syrup every single time. Why? Because the fructose concentration, a sweetener derived from corn that, in corn syrup is treated differently by the body compared to sugar which has similar chemical make up to the former.

While scientists are still looking for more concrete evidence that could peg corn syrup as something much more dangerous to the health than other types of sweeteners, it still has become the subject of an unending debate.

In order for us to be able to understand how the fructose-content of corn syrup can be a considered threat to our health, it is important that we understand how the body’s metabolism is affected by it and what the process of consuming corn syrup may mean for our health.

An article from Mercola.com cited a study conducted by experts from the University of California back in 2009 where it was concluded that consuming foods sweetened by corn syrup is “the fastest way to trash your health.”

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As you may have learned in basic biology, fructose is a kind of glucose. Glucose, for those who do not know, is what fuels our body with energy. In fact, all other living creatures need glucose to function, even the smallest bacterium. With this in mind, you should be able to understand that fructose in itself is not bad—it’s the massive intake that’s making your life shorter by the minute.

There are two kinds of common sources of fructose: the high-fructose corn syrup or HFCS and the crystalline fructose also known as the table sugar. DiabetesHealth.com revealed that consuming too much of the former can lead to elevated calories, increased body weight, and higher chances of overeating because it tricks the body into thinking that it is still hungry. Having too much HFCS in your diet may also affect your intake of processed foods which is not a healthy inclusion to your daily meals.

Meanwhile, the study conducted by Davis and his team of experts from the University of California revealed that fructose can trigger early stages of diabetes and heart ailments.

The most popular sources of HFCS are:

  • Your favorite soft drinks
  • Fruit drinks and juices that do not contain 100 percent natural juice
  • Popsicles
  • Yogurts with fruit flavorings
  • Frozen yogurts
  • Syrups for pancakes
  • Canned fruits which are preserved in a fluid that is not its own juice
  • Seasoning like BBQ sauces and ketchup
  • Pasta sauces packaged in jars and cans
  • Instant or ready-made soups
  • Breakfast cereals
  • Highly-sweetened breakfast cereals

In fact, GreenMediaInfo.com has compiled an entire chart of the negative effects of consuming too much fructose, including:

  1. Elevated blood pressure
  2. Significantly increased triglycerides and LDL
  3. Obesity
  4. Resistance to insulin
  5. Depletion of nutrients
  6. Increased uric acid levels that may result to gout and/or metabolic syndrome
  7. Genotoxic effects on the colon
  8. Increases the risk of pancreatic cancer
  9. Feeds cancer cells, making treatment more difficult
  10. Causes one’s neurons to become stagnant
  11. Results to ubulointerstitial injury or the injury to the interstitial tissue and tubules of the kidneys
  12. Onset of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease or the NAFLD
  13. Speeds up progress of chronic kidney disease
  14. Increases the risk of metastasis in people with breast cancer
  15. Aggravates cardiac abnormalities especially if a person has insufficient copper in the body
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