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A spoonful of sugar might make the medicine go down. But it also makes blood pressure and cholesterol go up, along with your risk for liver failure, obesity, heart disease and diabetes.
Sugar and other sweeteners are, in fact, so toxic to the human body that they should be regulated as strictly as alcohol by governments worldwide, according to a commentary in the current issue of the journal Nature by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).
(NaturalNews) High-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is a popular sweetener because it is chemically different from sugar -- it has a longer shelf life and mixes better into beverages. Yet the corn industry likes to downplay these differences, pointing out that sugar is 50 percent fructose and 50 percent glucose, while HFCS is 55 percent fructose and 45 percent glucose.
This framing glosses over an essential difference: sugar (sucrose) is a disaccharide composed of a single glucose molecule and a single fructose molecule. HFCS, in contrast, is a liquid solution composed of separated individual glucose and fructose molecules (monosaccharides). To make HFCS, a 100 percent glucose solution is converted via enzymes into a 42 percent fructose-58 percent glucose solution. This solution is further treated until it is 90 percent glucose, then mixed with more 42-58 solution to yield a 55-45 concentration.
So while the final ratio of fructose to glucose might look similar to table sugar, it is in fact a very different product. Is it any wonder that HFCS is processed differently by the body?
Scientific research, not surprisingly, has linked HFCS to diabetes (www.naturalnews.com...), obesity (www.naturalnews.com...) and even heart disease (www.naturalnews.com...). Learn more: www.naturalnews.com...
The presence of mercury in processed HFCS was first revealed through the results of two little-known U.S. studies. Researchers from the two studies reported that about half of tested samples of HFCS contained the toxic element, a substance known to wreak havoc on the nervous system, neurological function, and overall biological function.
Even more concerning is the fact that mercury was found in nearly one third of 55 popular brand-name food and beverage items, which listed HFCS as the first-or-second-highest labeled ingredient. Of course these are only a sampling of popular products containing HFCS as a main ingredient, and it is a significant challenge to find processed food brands that do not contain HFCS as a major ingredient. Learn more: www.naturalnews.com...
HFCS, in contrast, is a liquid solution composed of separated individual glucose and fructose molecules (monosaccharides).
Examples of monosaccharides include glucose (dextrose), (levulose), galactose, xylose and ribose. Monosaccharides are the building blocks of disaccharides such as sucrose andfructose polysaccharides (such as cellulose and starch).
Monosaccharides are simple sugars. (Mono= 1 and saccharide = sugar) Monosaccarides are the building blocks for disaccarides which are complex sugars. Examples of monosaccharides are glucose, galactose, fructose. Glucose is blood sugar. Galactose It is found in dairy products. Fructose can be found in fruits and vegetables.
1. The process of making high fructose corn syrup is pretty weird
First of all, there’s nothing natural about high fructose corn syrup, and it most certainly does not exist in nature.
The process starts off with corn kernels, yes, but then that corn is spun at a high velocity and combined with three other enzymes: alpha-amylase, glucoamylase, and xylose isomerase, so that it forms a thick syrup that’s way sweeter than sugar and super cheap to produce.
That’s why it’s poured into a huge majority of mass pproduced processed foods.
2. High fructose corn syrup does weird stuff to your body
While the commercials claim that it’s fine in moderation, the truth is that the whole problem with high fructose corn syrup in the first place, is that moderation is seemingly impossible.
The syrup interferes with the body’s metabolism so that a person can’t stop eating. It’s truly hard to control cravings because high fructose corn syrup slows down the secretion of leptin in the body. Leptin is a crucial hormone in the body that tells you that you’re full and to stop eating.
That’s why it’s so closely associated with obesity in this country. It’s like an addictive drug.
The stuff's been known to triple the cancer rate on tested lab rats. I'll try and get some info on that
And the group's own study, while not peer-reviewed, was based on products "bought off the shelf in the autumn of 2008," Lilliston added.
The Sugar Wars Are Heating Up: Sugar Manufacturers Sue High Fructose Corn Syrup Industry Read more: www.care2.com...
Originally posted by kdog1982
The sugar wars,as it is called.
HFCS is cheaper to use in products then sugar.
That is why they made the switch.