The stacks of studies showing the health-depleting effects of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) show how unsafe it is for humans. It is currently labeled as glucose-fructose, isoglucose and glucose-fructose syrup (yes, to completely confuse the consumer). This syrup is widely used by the food industry because it’s cheap raw material from corn, is more stable than sugar and easily handled. Click to continue reading...
Let me make one fact VERY CLEAR…HFCS is NOT naturally-occurring, although it is derived from corn, it IS a processed food. Since the public, and my readers, have become more educated in label-reading and what constitutes an ingredient that is health-depleting or down-right toxic, manufacturers keep coming up with legal ways of re-branding. Corn refiners had to find a way to market their product in face of the negative findings and public education. They even described HFCS as “natural”, which it is anything but! They wanted to rename HFCS to “corn sugar” but the FDA rejected that request. Now the industry is using the term “fructose”, which doesn’t tell the consumer anything about it being HFCS but rather simply that the product has “fructose” content – without telling us exactly what kind of fructose. Now, my friends, you see why label-reading and Health thru Education™ is such a vital part of living healthy in a world intent on destroying our health?
LABEL DECEPTION FACTS:
This name-change is the manufacturers attempt to trick the consumer, again. The industry reports that HCFS-90, or a sweetener with 90 percent fructose (compared to HFCS, which is only 40-50 percent) is now being listed simply as “fructose” on ingredient and product labels. This industrially-manufactured sweetener has ZERO nutrients and provides no health benefits at all.
- Increased risk of cardiovascular disorders in young adults. A 2015 study by Stanhope, et. Al., reported a positive association between intake of HFCS sweetened beverages and heightened risk for cardiovascular disease in young adults. The more HFCS in a product, the higher the risk. The following three cardio-risk factors are accelerated by consuming HFCS:
- Low density lipoprotein (bad cholesterol)
- Total cholesterol
- Uric acid
- Disturbed ability of the body lowering blood glucose after eating – causing prolonged elevated levels which damages the body’s organs and tissues.
- Damages normal brain function. HCFS has profound effects on overall metabolic and immune functions according to recent studies revealing HCFS intake damaged a part of the brain called the hippocampus – responsible for long-term memory, regulation of mood, and caused inflammation of the body’s nerves, particularly in the brain.
- Increases risk for chronic lung disorders due to fructose malabsorption. A study by DeChristopher, Uribarri, and Tucker in 2015, intake of soft drinks with HCFS has significant correlation with incidences of chronic bronchitis in adults ages 20-55 particularly. Consuming non-diet drinks potentially leads to fructose malabsorption – linking to lung disorders, specifically asthma. The study also revealed the when pregnant mothers increased fructose intake, the more likely their children would be diagnosed with asthma.
- Causes obesity. Published literature shows HCFS and weight gain are linked, especially intake of HCFS beverages in children. The analysis revealed HCFS contribute to childhood obesity and eliminating the consumption of HCFS helps to eliminate extra weight when all other factors are equal in dietary habits.
Twenty years ago we had little, if any, tasty healthy choices for natural sweeteners with zero calories-carbohydrates, etc. now we do. Consider using Lakanto sweetener, available online from several retailers, because it tastes and measures exactly like sugar so you can bake with it. For sweetening soft foods consider Stevia, it comes in several forms (powder, liquid), try several to see which is most compatible with your taste buds as it can be a bit bitter. I use this for all my green drinks, puddings, sorbets, mousse, etc.
Don’t fall victim of deceptive food labeling, be informed AND become a label-reading sleuth…