It’s made from corn silly! It’s good for you!
Has anybody seen those ads? The ones put out by the Corn Refiners Association? I have.
Not only are there numerous dangers of high-fructose corn syrup, there’s actually dangers of high-fructose corn syrup commercials – I laughed so hard when I saw those I nearly fell out of my chair and bonked my head.
The high-fructose corn syrup dangers all stem from the fact that it is completely devoid of nutrients, extremely sweet and addictive, and loaded with an isolated, refined form of fructose that is very difficult for the human body to properly process.
Astute researcher Gary Taubes calls fructose “the most lipogenic carbohydrate,” meaning that it has a tendency to get converted to fat more than any other type of carbohydrate food. This conversion takes place in the liver, where fructose is converted into triglycerides.
No wonder metabolic syndrome, a disease of having too much insulin production, high triglycerides, high blood pressure, and low HDL cholesterol has become so common with the increased use of high-fructose corn syrup. These abnormalities all go together and can be easily traced right back to the refined fructose molecule. Consider simply that to study drugs that lower triglycerides or blood pressure, lab rats are fed enormous quantities of fructose to induce those metabolic changes. Enough said.
High-fructose corn syrup, because it is so highly refined – like cocaine or heroin, has an extremely addictive, drug-like quality as well. High-fructose corn syrup side effects include a common list of opiate side effects, as ultra-sweet-tasting refined substances like high-fructose corn syrup trigger a strong release of an opiate substance known as beta-endorphin.
Beta endorphin, although normally a healthy neurotransmitter that makes us feel good, euphoric during exercise, and free of pain – can turn against us when the ingestion of high-fructose corn syrup, other refined sugars, and any highly sweet-tasting substance spikes endorphin levels far too high. This shuts down receptor sites, creates withdrawal symptoms, and thrusts the naturally addiction-prone people into a powerful addictive trap.
Any number of withdrawal symptoms can develop, such as negative thinking, depression, increased physical pain, and tendency to develop even stronger addictions to even more powerful substances – like alcohol or hard drugs.
Plus, common ingestion of high-fructose corn syrup leads to addictive eating behavior and the weight gain associated with eating a large quantity of fructose, which has unique fattening capabilities, while simultaneously draining our bodies of precious nutrient stores important for the prevention of all degenerative and infectious diseases.
In other words, the danger of high-fructose corn syrup is that it makes us all weaker, more prone to disease, more likely to become overweight or obese, and more unhappy. In no universe can a nutrient-devoid substance be ingested in such great quantities and not have a powerful net-negative effect.
White sugar has these same qualities as well, and has long been known to be the greatest nemesis of human health, but high-fructose corn syrup might just be worse than white sugar. There is an undeniable correlation between its widespread use beginning in the late 70’s and the massive rise in obesity, type 2 diabetes, and countless other health problems in the United States, where it is used in greatest abundance.
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