According to research, rats fed high-fructose corn syrup gained significantly more weight than those fed regular cane sugar, even though both groups ate a similar number of calories.
They not only gained more weight, but they had substantial increases in abdominal fat and triglycerides. Both of these conditions are known risk factors in humans for high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, and heart disease.
Other research found that the more high-fructose corn syrup that is consumed, the desire for it becomes stronger, much like drug addiction.
In less than 15 years, type 2 diabetes among children has risen from 5% to 20%. A study conducted by both the University of Southern California and Britain’s University of Oxford in 2012 of 42 countries found a 20% higher rate of diabetes in countries whose food supplies contained high-fructose corn syrup than countries where it wasn’t used.
Studies have shown a correlation between a high consumption of high-fructose corn syrup and a higher incidence of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, pancreatic cancer, cardiovascular issues, learning and memory problems, and childhood asthma.
A study on pregnant mice done in 2016 showed the effect that a mother’s pre-natal diet can have on the health of her children later in life. The consumption of high-fructose corn syrup during pregnancy may put a child at risk for obesity and other health complications later in life.
High-fructose corn syrup can increase uric acid in the body, which may lead to gout, kidney stones, and crystals in the joints (especially fingers and toes), all of which cause terrible pain.
High-fructose corn syrup has saturated our processed food market and is another form of a genetically-modified food (GMO), compounding its unhealthy effects. It’s in beverages, mayonnaise, ketchup, bread, cookies, frozen foods, cereals, crackers, chips, you name it.
What can you do?
Your best defense is to read ingredients on labels, and reduce (preferably, eliminate) your intake of high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS).
When buying sweetened bottled beverages, look for those with organic sugar instead of HFCS.
Beware of products labeled “fructose,” which may be another type of HFCS.
Organic corn syrup is better than high-fructose corn syrup.
When eating out, skip the sodas and lemonade, unless the menu states that they do not use high-fructose corn syrup. Water is always the best option.
When eating out, avoid bread and condiments. This is especially important if you eat out regularly, have chronic health problems, and/or are trying to lose weight.
Making this one change might go a long way in improving your health!
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1 Corinthians 10:31–“Whatever you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for God’s glory!”
Lisa Hernandez, Certified Nutritionist & Health Coach
This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease. It does not take the place of any medical care that you may need. Consult your health care provider about making dietary and lifestyle changes that are right for you.