The Corn Refiner’s Association has now begun to see the concern of many consumers as they filter out their pantries and refrigerators from any product containing the ingredient: “High Fructose Corn Syrup”. The name now has a very negative conotation to it. Ask almost anyone and they will tell you that they are now concerned with this non-natural sweetener.
Now it is time for Big Industry to take action. What are they doing? Turning the name “High Fructose Corn Syrup” into the words, “Corn Sugar”. That definitely sounds more natural, doesn’t it? But what’s the difference between the actual product? Nothing.
Some people claim that corn sugar, or high fructose corn syrup is natural because it comes from corn, thus it comes from nature. However, whether it is “corn sugar” or “high fructose corn syrup”, it still comes from genetically modified corn, which isn’t natural and not part of the earth’s natural rhthms and growing processes.
The Corn Refiner’s Assocation claims to be turning the name into “corn sugar” to prevent any confusion the consumer might have about the sweetener. However, the consumer doesn’t have any confusion, because they are now starting to educate themselves. You’re here to learn more about nutrition, exercise, mental health, etc., because you seek the truth for what is right for you. Will this new name work, or is the public more educated than they were 30 odd years ago when the term “high fructose corn syrup” was first released into our food supply?
Dangers High Fructose Corn Syrup:
- HFCS is often contaminated with Mercury, a toxic element that can contribute to neurological and immunological disfunction
- Mercury also can contribute to learning disabilities–something to think about before considering prescription drugs for ADD or ADHD
- Refined fructose can lead to insulin resistence and disfunctional leptin signaling (hormone which controls satiation).
- Reduced leptin production has been shown to increase adipose tissue in humans. (Study here.)
- HFCS leads to diabetes – A study reported at the American Chemical Society showed that HFCS contains “unbound” fructose molecules, or reactive carbonyls, which can lead to tissue damage, and ultimately undesired blood sugar control
- Table sugar, which has the same percentage of fructose and glucose, doesn’t contribute to diabetes as easily, because the fructose is chemically bound and stable
- “Free Fructose”, or unbound fructose, as found in High Fructose Corn Syrup or Agave Nectar, elevates triglycerdies and contributes to heart disease (according to this study, it is a particular concern for men)
Corn Sugar: A Healthier Alternative?
If you read this post in its entirety, then you already know that HFCS and corn sugar are the exact same thing. HFCS has been given a different name, which does sound more natural, only to be deceptive in their marketing of their products. Sometimes it doesn’t always come down to the concern for the individual’s health when it is with big corporations, especially with the Corn Refiner’s Association and their deep pocketed interest in the cheap, unhealthy sweetener we know to be high fructose corn syrup, or now, corn sugar.
You have probably already seen the insane advertising of high fructose corn syurp on television. The representative of the anti-HFCS campaign in these commercials are always uneducated and do not seem to know the facts. It is a very funny commercial, really, and I am surprised they were even allowed to air it (even more surprised that the actors wanted the parts). After reading this blog post, I’m hoping you can go on one of these commercials and pull up the bullet list above whenever the other person says, “Like what?”
Please help educate others on this new change in names of this sweetener, as hopefully we can help obliterate all forms of corn sugar in our food supply. The best way to avoid corn, sugar or HFCS in your diet is to switch to a whole food diet. I have been eating whole foods, many organic and sometimes local, for about 2 years now, and it is an incredibly, freeing experience. Try it out for yourself. Your health will thank you.
This is The Healthy Advocate.