Aug 27 2017

Avoid this sweetener at all costs

Published by at 1:29 pm under Food Additives,Immune System,Sugar

Avoid this sweetener at all costs
Sugar is really bad for you, but high fructose corn syrup is even worse.

High fructose corn syrup…now those are dirty words. High fructose corn syrup appeared basically unannounced in the 1950s and slowly became a common sweetener found in soft drinks, candies and other foods. It started to show up in almost everything at the grocery store, from cereals, to protein bars, jams, ketchup and pickles. Oftentimes, one can be hard pressed to find an item that contains real sugar. High fructose corn syrup has been identified as a prime contributor to this country’s obesity epidemic and for years has been underestimated for its role in our country’s declining health. Fortunately, since the turn of the millennium, people are educating themselves even more on the massive presence of high fructose corn syrup in our food supply and are turning to healthier options.(1,2)*

The United States, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, is the world leader in per capita sugar and sweeteners consumption. According to the American Heart Association, the recommended limit for daily added sugars is 29 lbs a year for men and 20.1 pound per year for women. That seems like a lot, doesn’t it? But according to the USDA, our per capita consumption is 128.1 pounds. Between 13 and 25 percent of Americans are estimated to eat diets containing 25 percent or more of calories from added sugars. We are addicted to it, and that is not good for our gut bacteria, our waistlines or our metabolic health. It’s easy to think, ‘I am not eating that much sugar!’ But it is snuck into so many foods that we don’t even realize how much we are truly consuming. Some breakfast cereals have so much sugar, they should be called breakfast candy. If you are in the practice of reading labels, you will know just how much this is true. While high fructose corn syrup should certainly be avoided, so should conventional sugar in these types of quantities.1*

So what is the difference between sugar and high fructose corn syrup? For starters, “…Both sugar and HFCS begin out in the field: sugar as sugarcane or the sugar beet, and HFCS as corn. To make HFCS, caustic soda is used to shuck the corn kernel from its starch. The result is the corn syrup you might have used to make pecan pie. Then enzymes are introduced to convert the syrup’s sugars to super-sweet fructose. Unlike sugar, you’ll never see HFCS on the supermarket shelves. It’s only available to food processors…”3*

Not to mention that high fructose corn syrup is made from corn, which when grown for these purposes is most certainly genetically modified. So not only are you getting high levels of glucose in your system, you are getting it from a GMO crop…both are bad for the gut bacteria. Sugar is also a primary GMO crop. If you are going to consume sugar, look for pure cane sugar or other more natural forms. *

For decades, we have been wrongly targeting dietary fat and cholesterol as the major reasons for obesity and heart disease in our country. In a previous blog we talked about the misleading Harvard research from the 1960s that falsely said fats were the culprit — not sugar — in the development of heart disease. More and more, medical researchers are compiling data building their case to show that high sugar consumption is what’s really behind these health issues. Despite so much misinformation over the past decades preaching the contrary, this is the most up to date research and perhaps we are finally on the right track. That Harvard research had after all been subsidized by the sugar industry. But, we all know, it is sometimes hard to know who to believe. (If you believe in Mother Nature, and eat what she has provided, you are doing the best thing for your body.)1*

According to researchers from the University of Utah, High Fructose Corn Syrup is more toxic than table sugar. The research, which was funded by the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation and published in the March 2015 Journal of Nutrition,  is among the first to differentiate between the effects of the fructose-glucose mixture found in corn syrup and sucrose, or table sugar. The study involved female mice mainly and showed to shorten their lives and reduce their reproductive rates. (1,2)*

The study consisted of female mice being fed a diet in which 25 percent of the calories came from added fructose and glucose carbohydrates known as monosaccharides that are found in corn syrup and another group in which 25 percent of their calories came from sucrose. These female mice given the fructose and glucose carbohydrates died at a rate 1.87 times higher than female mice on a diet in which 25 percent of their calories came from sucrose. Additionally,  these mice produced 26.4 percent fewer offspring than those mice on the diet containing added table sugar.2*

There was no difference in the male mice given either high-fructose or sucrose diets in regards to both lifespan or reproduction for unknown reasons, but it is thought that it could be because both forms of sugar are harmful for male mice. The study illuminates the potential harm to women especially, as they could face adverse health effects tied to consuming too much corn syrup.2*

More bad news about high fructose corn syrup came from a study published in 2009 in the scientific journal Environmental Health, in which Mercury was detected in nearly half of tested samples of commercial high fructose corn syrup.  The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) did a separate study in which mercury was detected in nearly 1/3 of 55 popular brand- name food and beverage products in which high fructose corn syrup was the first or second highest labeled ingredient. Products included those made by “…Quaker, Hershey’s, Kraft and Smucker’s…”  Mercury is released when caustic soda is produced, during the separation of the cornstarch from the kernel. It is a dangerous for the kidneys, liver, brain and other internal organs, especially at high levels and especially for children, the authors warned.(3,4)*

The good news is that according to the research firm Beverage Marketing Corp., in 2016 bottled water sales outpaced soda sales in the US for the first time. (Though plastic bottle usage needs to stop and everyone needs to go to reusable bottles). Even though many soda manufacturers are switching back to real sugar, soda sales are down by nearly a quarter since 2006. Energy drinks, like Gatorade have replaced soda drinks for a lot of people, especially young males. While some moves have been made at the government level to direct anti sugar efforts, like applying a local soda tax, people are steering away from sugar more and more because they are realizing just how bad it is for overall health.1*

Sugar, in all its forms, is the favorite food for disease and the bad bacteria residing in the microbiome. By eating a low sugar, whole food, organic diet, we are taking care of our bodies from the inside out. If we go heavy on junk and processed foods and sweets, we are setting ourselves up for disaster. Disaster in the form of diabetes, metabolic syndrome, a weakened immune system, fatigue and all the other unfavorable symptoms that come with Candida overgrowth and illness. Read labels! So many food products have sugar that you get it when you are not even trying. For example, Campbell’s tomato soup has 11 grams of sugar, and it is hidden in pasta sauces, salsas, salad dressings and so much more.1*

You will know when you are eating too much sugar and not taking care of your gut. You might feel sluggish, get canker sores, and catch a cold, amongst other things. Don’t wait to get sick. Cut back on the sugar, focus on healthful foods, take your Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™ daily and get plenty of sleep and exercise. You have one body. Don’t put garbage in it manufactured by some multi-million dollar food company who cares about bottom lines not your health. You are the only one who can do it!*

Healthiest wishes,

Kelli

www.bodybiotics.com

 

Resources:

  1. https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2017-08-10/sugar-is-finally-more-popular-than-corn-syrup-again
  2. http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-health-cornsyrup-idUSKBN0KF03820150106?feedType=RSS&feedName=healthNews
  3. http://www.healthline.com/health/high-fructose-corn-syrup-or-sugar#overview1
  4. https://www.iatp.org/documents/much-high-fructose-corn-syrup-contam

 

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