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03-06-11, 11:09 PM
By Bette Dowdell (http://www.healthiertalk.com/users/betted) on 03/06/2011 Well, looky here! We’re getting more and more proof that high fructose corn syrup plays a major role in the obesity epidemic.

Suspicions were high, of course. Between 1970 and 2005, the same period when our weight problems went berserk, so did the use of HFCS–which went up by 10,763%. I mean, that “coincidence” should get anybody’s attention.

In fact, it got the attention of researchers. Now science backs up our suspicions.
First, some background. In 1994, scientists discovered leptin, an endocrine hormone created by–get this–our body fat. Leptin works as a fat tracker. It tells your brain when enough is enough, and we get the message to stop eating.

Or at least that’s the way God intended for things to go. When it works, nobody gets fat. When it doesn’t work, the brain never gets the message, and people plump up big time.
What gums up the works? Man-made fructose, which comes without the enzymes, fiber and other natural attributes seen in nature. Synthetic products not found in nature usually make a mess of things, and that includes high fructose corn syrup–which is what I’m talking about. Sugar contains fructose, too, but it’s not loose. It’s bonded to glucose, which makes all the difference.

Loose fructose blows the whole leptin thing out of the water. Our bodies have no idea what to do with fructose. Every cell we own can metabolize sucrose–sugar–but not stand-alone fructose. And since our cells can’t handle fructose, it gets dumped into the liver because that’s where all the bad stuff goes. Well, the liver doesn’t know what to do with fructose either. Adding to the problem, the liver can process–not metabolize, but process–about nine grams of fructose a day, while the average can of high fructose corn syrup laden soda has more than five times that amount–48 grams. And since fructose is everywhere, in almost everything, the overload doesn’t stop there.

So, the liver’s drowning in fructose. Eventually, cometh the fatty liver, similar to an alcoholic, with all the problems that entails. Immediately, however, the liver’s struggles cause two things: A rise in blood pressure and a jump in our triglyceride level. Doctors noticed long since a relationship between high blood pressure and obesity. And now we know how leptin gets involved. High triglycerides throw a blockade in front of the brain so leptin can’t get in to deliver its enough-is-enough message. That’s leptin resistance, the quick path to obesity.

But fructose doesn’t stop there.
Fructose messes with insulin, too. While sucrose gets the attention of insulin, fructose never does. Insulin, another endocrine hormone, makes sure sugar gets handled, but, again, it doesn’t know what to do with fructose. Long story short, fructose leads to insulin resistance, which leads to Type 2 diabetes.

And did I mention that fructose raises uric acid levels, too? Leading to kidney damage if you keep it up. Plus fructose makes your endocrine system look like the Keystone Kops in full chaos. In their all-for-one, one-for-all way, they leap into the fray to help their comrades in arms, sacrificing themselves in the effort.

To sum up: High fructose corn syrup marches into your body and starts breaking furniture. The more you take in, the greater the mess. And don’t even be thinking about switching to artificial sweeteners. They’re at least as bad. Maybe even worse. Did you know aspartame wallops the brain?

While sugar wins no prizes as a health food, it beats fructose and artificial sweeteners hands down because our bodies know what in the world to do with it.
Be kind to your body. Just say ‘no’ to high fructose corn syrup. Or corn sugar. Or whatever they start calling it to make you think they actually changed things for the better.