You've probably seen the ads on TV claiming that
high fructose corn syrup is no worse than sugar, and even that it is
natural. As a marketing tactic by its producers, the Corn
Refiners Association, these ads are false and deceiving.
Unfortunately, many people believe these ads or just don't read
labels. If you read product labels, you will find that many
well-known foods and drinks contain high fructose corn syrup, several
listing it as one of the main ingredients.
According to the Weston A. Price Foundation, high
fructose corn syrup has become increasingly popular to use because it
is so cheap to make. However, it has almost twice the
fructose of previously used sugars, such as sugar cane.
Fructose consumption more than doubled between 1980 and 1994.
Well-known natural health practitioner and advocate, Dr. Mercola
(mercola.com), points to scientific evidence which links high fructose
corn syrup to the obesity epidemic as well as a range of health
to Liver and Pancreas Bone
Loss Anemia Heart
Problems Diabetes Metabolic
in Triglycerides and LDL (bad) Cholesterol Levels Liver
Dr. Mercola explains that high fructose corn syrup
metabolizes into fat much faster than any other sugar.
Fructose lacks enzymes, minerals, and vitamins and can also make it
difficult for the heart to properly use magnesium, copper, and
chromium. No matter what you hear, high fructose corn syrup
is far from natural and highly processed. Another thing to
keep in mind is the fact that it almost always comes from GMO
(genetically modified) corn. We are learning how these crops
are detrimental to your health and our environment, using huge amounts
of pesticides and contributing significantly to greenhouse gas
emissions. The Organic Consumers Association just released
information obtained through scientific studies finding mercury in
33-50% of the products tested containing high fructose corn syrup.
One of the most popular products containing high
fructose corn syrup is soda. But you will also find high
amounts of it in fruit juice, tea, and other sugary drinks.
When your child is thirsty, give them water. Plenty of water
is vital for good health. Also, read the
labels of any processed food you buy, even those labeled "natural" or
"real fruit". High fructose corn syrup isn't limited to
sweets; many condiments, soups, and cereals have it too.
Dr. Joseph Mercola
Weston A Price Foundation
2009 Danielle Schreck, Full Circle Child
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