High fructose corn syrup may be one of the worst synthetic food additives in human history. That’s right – it is synthetic, not natural. And it is a poison. Here is what it does to you.
High Fructose Corn Syrup is Synthetic
Yes, we all know that fructose is fruit sugar, because it is naturally occurring in fruit, among other plant organs. And the more erudite biochemists among us also know that fructose is one of the two monosaccharides that make up common table sugar, sucrose, the other being glucose. Also all natural.
Why, then, do I refer to high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) as synthetic? The reason is that HFCS is not the predominant sugar in its source, corn syrup. No, corn syrup naturally produces glucose. High glucose corn syrup is natural. Unfortunately, it is not very sweet.
Biochemists to the rescue! In just 10 easy manufacturing steps, some involving enzymes and some involving caustic reagents (occasionally containing mercury), glucose is magically (chemically) transformed into fructose. Fructose is the sweetest sugar of all, so it has become the darling of processed food manufacturers who think that our food should be sweeter.
Just a short list of foods that contain HFCS may surprise you. Take a look here to see what I mean: StopHFCS.com.
Whew! That’s a lot of food additives, don’t you think? Good thing that HFCS has been classified ‘generally recognized as safe‘ (GRAS) by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration since 1976. Otherwise, we’d be in trouble.
We Are Already in Trouble
I have already posted on the dangers of HFCS (see: Avoid High Fructose Corn Syrup). However, I must prostrate myself before you and offer to wash your feet in absolution – I almost totally underestimated how bad this junk really is for human health.
It won’t just make you fatter than anything else you can possibly put down your gullet. It will poison you, it will shorten your life, and it will cost you, your family, and your government hundreds of thousands of dollars in health care before you kick the bucket before your time should be up.
As usual, I came across this new realization because my old college buddy, Richard Amrhein, sent me a link to the video that I’ve provided to you below. I hesitated to watch it, only because it almost 1.5 hours long. Nevertheless, when I did sit down to watch it, with a cup of coffee on a recent sunny morning in Arizona, I was flabbergasted at what I saw.
I think my mouth was wide open in awe throughout this video. If you have time to watch it, be patient for the nuggets among all the biochemistry. Of course, the biochemistry added to its appeal for me. I love that stuff, although I realize that you may not.
In case you want to skip the video for now, or for good, I’ve added a summary of one of the most pertinent slides from it below. If anything, at least take this information to heart.
This is taken from Dr. Lustig’s presentation. It has all the jargon that medical people like to use. Even if you don’t understand all of it, at least get this:
Chronic fructose exposure ruins your health in many ways that simulate chronic ethanol (alcohol) exposure. Both are bad news!
Taking action against high fructose corn syrup,