I thought I had seen it all until I opened one of my monthly health magazines and there it was an ad touting the safety of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). In a health magazine! Then, about three weeks later, I started seeing ads on TV also claiming that HFCS as as safe as sugar.
Are you kidding me? Ive seen lobbies do and say some pretty remarkable things, but this takes the proverbial, HFCS-laden cake. And, to top it off, the Corn Refiners Association has launched a Web site called www.hfcsfacts.com. (Facts is their word, not mine.) Considering the fact that HFCS constitutes about 55 percent of the sweetener market, the Corn Refiners have a financial interest in keeping their product on the market. Even if doing so is dangerous to your health.
On their site, they claim that HFCS is nutritionally the same as honey. To say this is false is a gross understatement. Honey has many immune-boosting properties. HFCS, on the other hand, depresses immune response. The same site also claims that HFCS is equal in sweetness to table sugar. Also not true. HFCS is ranges from 120160 on the relative sweetness scale. Table sugar (sucrose) measures in at 100. Even the name itselfHIGH fructose corn syrup tips you off that it will be sweeter than even fructose (which measures in at 140), let alone table sugar.
But this is just the beginning. Studies have shown that HFCS isnt even metabolized like regular, naturally occurring sugars. HFCS is metabolized in the liver. From there, it is converted into triglycerides, those nasty fats that circulate through the blood. And elevated triglycerides are connected to a whole host of diseases, including heart disease and decreasing good HDL cholesterol.
Plus, chronic consumption of HFCS (and other sugars, including table sugar and fructose) kicks off a chain of hormonal imbalances, leading to weight gain and increased risk for diabetes. There is also research to indicate that HFCS may be a root cause of metabolic syndrome, leading a group of Canadian researchers to issue an urgent need for more stringent efforts to curb the addition of HCFS to foods and beverages.
On the hormone side, HFCS (and all refined sugars) plays absolute havoc with your system. With chronic use, it can overtax your adrenals, thereby either shutting down hormone production or causing your hormones to go haywire. Plus, a whole host of menopause symptoms, including hot flashes and night sweats, are worsened by excess sugar.
Even premenopause, early menopause, and perimenopause symptoms are severely affected by HFCS and other refined sugar. It worsens these estrogen-dominance conditions and their resultant issues like fibroids, endometriosis, and ovarian cysts. It also worsens PCOS and has been shown to be linked to fertility issues.
The long and short of it is this: Ignore the lobbyists’ spin. Avoid HFCS like the plague. This means reading labels on all pre-packaged foods. One safe bet is choosing organic package foods (including ketchup!), as I have never seen HFCS in an organic product.
If you are craving something sweet to drink, try one of Sweet Leafs flavored liquid stevias. They have delicious flavors like root beer, orange, apricot, and vanilla cream. I just add a dropperful to a glass of natural mineral water and presto, natural soda! Best of all, I know that I am keeping my taste buds happy while keeping my body healthy.