The Dangers of High Fructose Corn Syrup

September 17, 2008

Since the introduction of High Fructose Corn Syrup in the1970s the manufacturers of this additive have tried to convince us that since it is made from corn it is a healthy, safe additive. So why do health experts, including David and Fawn Christopher, Dr. Mehmot Oz (he includes it in his "Food Hall of Shame") and Dr. Joel Fuhrman (he includes it in his most dangerous foods to eat) warn against it?

Despite claims by the manufacturers, High Fructose Corn Syrup is NOT a safe sweetener. Independent studies (not paid for by parties looking for a certain outcome) show that High Fructose Corn Syrup:

Uses at least one Genetically Modified Organism during production
Has been linked to heart disease
Causes loss of minerals, which leads to a malfunctioning of the organs
Inhibits white blood cells so you can't fight off disease
Interferes with protein metabolism and amino acid absorption
Is associated with Type II diabetes
Causes obesity
Increases insulin levels
Causes tissue damage
Causes bone fragility
Causes you to crave more food
Leads to cancer causing cell development

Are there any benefits to High Fructose Corn Syrup? Only for the manufactures - it is cheaper to produce than sugar and easier to blend than sugar.

What foods contain High Fructose Corn Syrup? It would almost be easier to make a list of foods that don't contain it! Here are some basics:

Almost all soft drinks, including "healthy" soft drinks (by the way - there is no such thing as a healthy soft drink)
Most condiments
Most breads
Most sugary snacks and treats
Most processed food