If you look at the ingredients of the food you buy, you’ve probably seen high-fructose corn syrup on the list more times than you can count. Following up on a great new corn syrup post by Jeannie, “Corn Syrup May Get a New Name…Nice Try,” and finally catching up on a few articles I’ve been meaning to write on for awhile, I’ve create a list of 7 clear reasons to avoid (or even ditch altogether) high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS).
High-Fructose Corn Syrup = Evil
Ok, maybe not “evil,” since that would require having abilities of discrimination and such. But high-fructose corn syrup is definitely bad for you. If you don’t believe me, take a look at this information.
1. Cancer Cells Love Fructose & It Has Been Linked to Pancreatic Cancer.
Apparently, cancer cells have a special attraction to fructose, according to recent research from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). “Pancreatic tumor cells use fructose to divide and proliferate,” the study, which was published in the journal Cancer Research, found. This seems to explain what researchers found previously, that pancreatic cancer is linked to fructose intake:
“[These findings] have major significance for cancer patients given dietary refined fructose consumption, and indicate that efforts to reduce refined fructose intake or inhibit fructose-mediated actions may disrupt cancer growth,” Dr. Anthony Heaney of UCLA’s Jonsson Cancer Center and colleagues wrote.
2. High-Fructose Corn Syrup Often Contains Mercury.Yummy!
Yeah, that’s right, and not just a little bit of mercury. “Mercury was found in over a third of processed food products tested, the source of the mercury is contaminated high fructose corn syrup,” in the Environmental Health Journal last year.
3. High-Fructose Corn Syrup Linked to Autism and Mental Retardation
Due to the mercury in HFCS, this common sweetener has been linked to “neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism and mental retardation.” Autism has skyrocketed in the U.S. in recent years, and exposure to mercury in vaccines and now HFCS are considered to be some possible reasons why.
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