The Dangers of High Fructose Corn Syrup

 

Far too often we get a high from indulging in certain food and drinks. Let’s take an ice-cold soda. A mere twist of the cap produces a subtle sound that engages each of our 5 senses. A slow pour elicits a unique sound as the bubbles collide, settle, and fizz. At first sip, it produces a slow burn as it glides down your throat. Truth is if it burns on the way down you can only imagine the effect it has on your stomach lining.

Soda in of itself is acidic. Whereas, the stomach has some degree of acidity as it works to neutralize and digest all foods and liquids before digestion. Sodas contain a significant amount of processed sugars, which is detrimental to your health. At first glance, sodas are masked as a refreshing cool beverage. But if you dissect the ingredients you’ll find that it is filled with high fructose corn syrup that can cause diabetes, and cardiovascular disease to name a few. 

What’s in a Name

The name high fructose Corn syrup is misleading. Fructose in of itself is another name for sugar. Corn syrup appears harmless enough as the name implies that sugar aka fructose is derived from corn. This raises an important question. Why is HFCS dangerous? So glad you asked. Fructose is, in fact, a form of sugar. However, corn is heavily processed to extract a sugary syrup. But all sugar is not created equally. For example, fruits have naturally occurring sugars that are easily processed by the body and do not result in health issues. Whereas, up to 93% of US corn supply is genetically modified. 

The Problem with High Fructose Corn Syrup

Genetically modified organisms are have been manipulated by man. Meaning a crops DNA has been tinkered with to make it more resistant to pesticides. In theory, this protects crops from insect and pest infestation. This is a potential game-changer for farmers, as has the potential to protect their investment. But there are consequences when you attempt to mess with Mother Nature.

GMO corn seeds grow into pesticide and insecticide resistant crops. Meaning that they are able to live despite the constant barrage of chemicals. The workers that spray these toxins are covered from head to toe in protective clothing and headgear that resembles a space suit. In fact, little to no skin is exposed in an effort to maintain a seal of protection. This raises a few questions. Why isn’t the same level of protection applicable for the consumers? After all, we are ingesting food that has been layered with toxins.

How is it safe to eat GMO foods after it is harvested. In the case of corn, it is harvested and heavily processed to make high fructose corn syrup. Not only is it a highly processed sugary substance, it is also a GMO byproduct. HFCS is a cheap mass-produced product that is present in approximately 60 to 70% of processed foods. Translation, HFCS is a nutrient deficient substance that is practically in all processed foods. This further compounds its dangers to human health.

Don’t Believe the Hype

When it comes to your health you should not simply rely solely on the advice of the manufacturers. Push past the advertisements and seek out your own information, as corporations do not have your best interest at heart. Often times, their best interest is their bottom line and not your health. Far too often we blindly trust corporations to function for the greater good.

Take Home

As with anything we cannot take anything at face value especially when it comes to our food. When in doubt rely on Mother Nature to sustain your health. The food that naturally sprouts from the earth was designed with our best interest in mind. You cannot go wrong with natural fruits and vegetables. Mother nature got it right. It is only when manipulating plant DNA that we affect our health. All food and sugar are not created equally despite what they’d leave you to believe. 

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