High Fructose Corn Syrup - Killing You Sweetly
Well, looky here! We're getting more and more proof that fructose, especially high fructose corn syrup, plays a major role in the obesity epidemic
Suspicions were high, of course. Between 1970 and 2005, the same period when our weight problems went berserk, so did the use of HFCS-which went up by 10,763%. I mean, that "coincidence" should get anybody's attention.
In fact, it got the attention of researchers. Now we have proof, not just suspicions.
First, some background. In 1994, scientists discovered leptin, an endocrine hormone created by-get this-our body fat. Leptin works as a fat tracker. It tells your brain when enough is enough, and we get the message to stop eating.
Or at least that's the way it's supposed to go. When it works, nobody gets fat. When it doesn't work, the brain never gets the enough-is-enough message, and people blimp up.
High Fructose Corn Syrup
What makes leptin go south? Man-made fructose, which comes without the enzymes, fiber and other natural attributes seen in nature. Man-made products our bodies don't recognize pretty much always cause trouble, and that includes high fructose corn syrup-which is what I'm talking about here.
Fructose blows the whole leptin thing out of the water. Our bodies have no idea what to do with fructose. Every cell we own can metabolize sucrose-sugar-but not fructose. And since our cells can't handle fructose, it gets dumped into the liver because that's the filtration system where all the bad stuff goes.
Well, the liver doesn't know what to do with fructose either. Adding to the problem, the liver can process-not metabolize, but process-about nine grams of fructose in a 24-hour day, while the average can of high fructose corn syrup laden soda has more than five times that amount-48 grams. Yikes!
And since fructose is everywhere, in almost everything, the overload doesn't stop there.
So, the liver's drowning in fructose. Eventually, cometh the fatty liver, similar to an alcoholic liver, with all the problems that entails. You don't know it yet, but you're slowly heading for the exit. And sometimes not so slowly.
For years, doctors noticed a relationship between high blood pressure and obesity. And now we know it's about leptin.
And high triglycerides blockade the brain so leptin can't deliver its enough-is-enough message. That's leptin resistance, the quick path to obesity.
And I don't care how many times a day you stand on your head and whistle "Dixie," a liver in trouble means you won't lose weight. Well, maybe for five minutes or so, but not permanently.
So, fructose and obesity are a team. But fructose doesn't stop there.
Fructose messes with insulin, too. While sugar gets the attention of insulin, fructose never does. Insulin makes sure sugar gets handled, but it can't begin to solve the riddle of fructose.
Long story short, fructose runs amok, leading to insulin resistance, which leads to Type 2 diabetes.
So there you have it. High fructose corn syrup creates chaos in your body and does a number on your health. The more you take in, the greater the mess.
Maybe it's just me, but I don't think high fructose corn syrup is worth ending up obese, diabetic and/or with cirrhosis.
But don't get giddy about Aspartame and the gang, either. Artificial sweeteners are at least as bad as high fructose corn syrup. The body doesn't deal well with anything too artificial to recognize, and those babies are as artificial as it gets.
God is good,
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P.S. Bette Dowdell is not a doctor, nor does she purport to be She's a patient who's been studying and successfully handling her own endocrine problems for more than 30 years. She offers introductory teleseminars and an in-depth 12-month subscription program, "Moving to Health" about living well with endocrine issues. She explains how things work-or don't, discusses what things to avoid as well as the things that help, and she provides a lot of well-researched nutritional information. Subscribe to her free e-zine at Information is power.