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Islander
09-29-08, 10:31 AM
This is the conclusion of an article too long to reproduce here. For the complete story, along with videos, go here:
http://www.jonbarron.org/diabetes-program/2008-09-29.php
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Manufactures love high fructose corn syrup because it's cheaper than table sugar and easier to transport and work with (it's a liquid). Unfortunately, the human body is not designed to handle high levels of isolated fructose. Since the dawn of man, humans have consumed fructose (mostly in fresh fruit where the fructose is actually bound to the fruit fiber, thus slowing its absorption in the body), at about 16--20 grams per day. The heavy use of HFCS, though, has resulted in significant increases in consumption of fructose isolate, leading to typical daily consumption reaching an average of 85--100 grams of fructose per day -- again, not bound to fiber. And remember, the AMA recommendation is 32 g a day -- maximum. Yet in 1980 the average person ate 39 pounds of fructose and 84 pounds of sucrose (http://www.westonaprice.org/modernfood/highfructose.html). And by 1994, those numbers had climbed to 66 pounds of sucrose and 83 pounds of fructose. Today, it's almost impossible to find a commercial food that doesn't have added sugar -- predominantly HFCS with its high content isolated fructose.
The problem is that fructose is absorbed differently than other sugars -- and fructose isolate as found in HFCS even more so. It causes major health problems. For example:

The exposure of the liver to such large quantities of fructose leads to rapid stimulation of the breakdown of fats and the concomitant rapid accumulation of triglycerides, which in turn contributes to reduced insulin sensitivity, insulin resistance, and glucose intolerance.
Unlike glucose, fructose doesn't stimulate insulin production, which means it isn't utilized for energy, but rather is stored in the liver as triglycerides.
Again, unlike glucose, HFCS doesn't increase leptin production or suppress production of ghrelin. (These are hormones that play a primary role in appetite control.) The net effect is that HFCS encourages you to eat moreā€¦the more of it you eat. In effect, HFCS is addictive and encourages weight gain and obesity.
And if that were not enough, it appears that HFCS distorts the body's magnesium balance, thereby accelerating bone loss. Finally, it's true that medical authorities and publicity seeking politicians took on trans fats, but that was a relatively easy target. Let's see if they have the cojones to take on high fructose corn syrup, which has replaced trans fats in my book as the number one dietary killer. So far, at least, it appears they do not.

Reesacat
09-29-08, 10:58 AM
Thank you, Islander. With all the ads out by the Corn Refiners Association saying HFCS is safe, this is good information to have to share.
I like Jon Barron's articles-his experience and good common sense mkae them informative and easy to read.