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High Fructose Corn Syrup is a Biological Novelty
The Examiner.com quotes Mr. Pollan on High-Fructose Corn Syrup...
High fructose corn syrup makes processed foods taste and look good. It can be found in many frozen foods, yogurt and bread. In his book, "In Defense of Food: An Eaters Manifesto,” Michael Pollan refers to high fructose corn syrup as a “biological novelty” indicating that it causes ill health because our bodies are unfamiliar with this substance. High fructose corn syrup has been linked to increasing obesity levels, heart disease and diabetes. In addition, there is some belief that it encourages overeating.
Panic in the Corn Fields
As the truth comes out about HFCS, the Corn Refiners Association is scrambling to convince you that their product is equal to table sugar, that it is "natural" and safe. Of course, many things are "natural" -- cocaine is natural, but you wouldn't want to use 142 pounds of it each year.
The food and beverage industry doesn't want you to realize how truly pervasive HFCS is in your diet -- not just from soft drinks and juices, but also in salad dressings and condiments and virtually every processed food. The introduction of HFCS into the Western diet in 1975 has been a multi-billion dollar boon for the corn industry.
The FDA classifies fructose as GRAS: Generally Regarded As Safe. Which pretty much means nothing and is based on nothing. There is plenty of data showing that fructose is not safe -- but the effects on the nation's health have not been immediate. That is why we are just now realizing the effects of the last three decades of nutritional misinformation. As if the negative metabolic effects are not enough, there are other issues with fructose that disprove its safety:
- More than one study has detected unsafe mercury levels in HFCS.2
- Crystalline fructose, a super-potent form of fructose the food and beverage industry is now using, may contain arsenic, lead, chloride and heavy metals
- Nearly all corn syrup is made from genetically modified corn, which comes with its own set of risks.
The FDA isn't going to touch sugar, so it's up to you to be proactive about your own dietary choices. For a real eye-opener about what sugar has down to the health of America, I recommend watching a piece that 60 Minutes did on this issue. (Read more at Mercola.com)
Hidden HFCS at the Grocery Store
By now the terms organic, all natural and fair trade are symbolic words used by food manufacturers to persuade shoppers to purchase their products by insinuating that their product is safe, and a better alternative. Most shoppers rarely take the time to actually read the labels to know what exactly they are buying. And sadly most either don't know the dangers contained therein, or even worse, don't care.
But for those of us who do read labels, food manufacturers have cleverly replaced the name "HFCS" with the names Inulin, Glucose-Fructose Syrup, Iso Glucose, Chicory and Fruit Fructose, and you'll be surprised as to where all your efforts to avoid HFCS, may have been overlooked.
The following items often (surprisingly) contain HFCS: Cottage cheese, salad dressing, steak sauce, canned soup, cough syrup, breakfast cereal, yogurt, bread, pastries, jelly and jam.
The most alarming part of the entire HFCS devolution is that once again money and convenience was placed ahead of the people and the planet. Major food giants did what they do best and paid huge amounts of money to condition the masses in believing that there is nothing to be concerned with, and that we are safe from yet another man made concoction labeled as food that's safe to eat, all for the sake of profit.
It would appear that since these man made concoctions have surfaced the sicker and more obese the population has become. Today Americans consume more HFCS than sugar. One can assume there is indeed a correlation.
Fructose should come from eating whole fruits, in moderation. Everything that the human body needs to be healthy and vibrant is already in nature. No one can replace, or improve, the perfect balance of nature.
It is the people that control the outcome of every intention brought forth by the food companies and government officials. It really comes down to the consumers demanding pristine foods. And the best way to "demand" is by boycotting all foods containing HFCS, and GMO's.
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