What High Fructose Corn Syrup Is Doing To Your Body
High fructose corn syrup first came onto the market in the 1970’s. Because it was sweeter than table sugar, less costly to manufacture and contained fructose which didn’t cause a noticeable rise in blood sugar level unlike glucose, it was used a lot by companies and people.
There are two types of high fructose corn syrup, namely, HFCS-42 and HFCS-55. The numbers attached to the HFCS (high fructose corn syrup) tell us how much fructose it contains. HFCS contains a high level of fructose which poses a lot of danger to our bodies and organs.
Some of the negative effects of fructose are:
1. Fructose is a source of energy to cancer cells and helps them grow.
2. Fructose causes kidney stones as a result of increase in production of uric acid.
3. Fructose has been found to be a cause of chronic diseases.
4. Fructose inhibits the enzyme, leptin, which is supposed to tell our brains that we are full. The end product is obesity. HCFS causes damage to some organs in our body.
Some of these organs are:
Unlike glucose which can be processed by nearly every cell in our bodies, fructose can only be processed by the liver. Instead of getting processed into energy like glucose, it gets processed directly into fat.
As it is being processed, some fat molecules are left on the liver and these can cause a type of liver disease called hepatitis after a long time of fat deposits.
Excessive use of HFCS causes high blood pressure which affects the heart. High blood pressure is another health condition that causes other diseases like strokes.
The fructose contained in HFCS has also been found to be a driving force for a molecular mechanism that causes uncontrollable growth of the heart which ultimately leads to death.
Although it has only been tested on rats and is only a speculation concerning humans, HFCS affects our brain by causing memory loss and dullness.
Other effects of HFCS in our body:
In the process of manufacturing the HFCS from corn, mercury is used although in small amounts. However, excessive consumption of HFCS can cause health problems related to mercury intake.
It has been discovered that excessive intake of HFCS can increase the risk of neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimers. This is because a protein found in the brain of a person suffering from Alzheimers is caused by mercury intake.
Most people have a belly fat problem. HFCS is a major contributor of belly fat. It causes storage of fat around organs in the body. This fat is called visceral fat and can cause larger health problems like diabetes.
HFCS also makes cells resistant to insulin and this can cause type two diabetes.
Remember, that the moderate intake of HFCS is okay because fructose is a component of our natural fruits. However, excessive intake can really harm our bodies.
It is advisable to check labels before consumption and to consume more of the natural fruits and table sugar, although moderately, to combat these harmful effects of HFCS in our bodies.