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The Natural Sweetener That Makes People Fat | Care2 Healthy Living

Health & Wellness  (tags: HFCS, corn syrup, genetically modified, fructose, obesity, sweetener, unhealthy, disease, food additives )

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Corn syrup is the sugar extracted from corn. When isolated it is not and never has been healthy, but as corn is now almost entirely genetically modified, it is even worse for us. The fructose in high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) converts to fat stores...

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Jenny Dooley (830)
Thursday September 20, 2012, 8:41 pm
Corn syrup is the sugar extracted from corn. When isolated it is not and never has been healthy, but as corn is now almost entirely genetically modified, it is even worse for us. The fructose in high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) converts to fat stores quickly in your body, which is why it is frequently used in animal experiments to make animals obese. This food additive is found in most packaged, prepared, and fast foods and interferes with your body’s appetite and metabolism hormones, causing your body to store fat.

It can be found just about anywhere; food manufacturers have been profiting by sneaking this cheap food additive into our food supply in greater quantities over the last few decades, and it shows in our bottom lines.

Jenny Dooley (830)
Thursday September 20, 2012, 8:42 pm
A University of Colorado study published in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology found that even people who eat a healthy, low-sodium diet may be at risk of high blood pressure due to this common food additive, as it was shown to increase blood pressure by up to 32 percent.

According to the study, HFCS leads to inflammation in the bloodstream, which causes the blood vessel walls to tighten, resulting in blood pressure increases. Even people who ate a healthy diet with periodic ingestion of HFCS experienced the blood pressure increase.

Another problem with HFCS being so commonplace in processed and prepared foods is that corn sensitivities are on the rise, affecting more people than ever. If you have developed a food sensitivity to corn, then continued exposure to it can cause bloating and weight gain—another great reason to give it up and slim your waistline.

Jenny Dooley (830)
Thursday September 20, 2012, 8:43 pm
Some surprising sources of HFCS include:


Baby food

Granola and granola bars

Cereal (even so-called healthy cereals or cereals intended for children)

Salad dressing



Jenny Dooley (830)
Friday September 21, 2012, 9:44 pm
Good point thanks Wolf.

Past Member (0)
Saturday September 22, 2012, 6:20 am
Good to know. Thanks for posting.

Ro j (0)
Saturday September 22, 2012, 7:20 am
good to know thanks

Jill Hodges (0)
Saturday September 22, 2012, 8:25 am
Great conversation starter for the GMO debate- no one says that the HFCS is from GMO corn, but you can almost bet with the level of production necessary to get it to so many products, that it is. We are certainly ruining the world's food supply with the GMO varieties - sad. It's never too late to start reading the labels! We really need to push for SMO labeling in this country so consumers can make educated choices!

. (7)
Saturday September 22, 2012, 9:34 am
Thanks for the info., will pass it along.

Greg K (1)
Saturday September 22, 2012, 12:50 pm
Corn syrup is also added to prepared foods that you would never put corn syrup in if you made it from scratch. Meat ready to roast and prepared sandwiches are two things that pop to mind.

Stuart Thomas (497)
Saturday September 22, 2012, 5:59 pm
WOW! Thanks for the "heads up" warning, Thubten! What on the surface seems to sound so harmless is
not so harmless afterall. Again thank you, Thubten!

Jenny Dooley (830)
Saturday September 22, 2012, 6:14 pm
Thank everyone, for these comments.
For my part, I believe we need to be vigilant regarding GMO and HFCS, but not lose our hope and humour while we are at it.
Love to all of you.

Sharon F (0)
Sunday September 23, 2012, 1:34 pm
One source said (a few years ago) that there are about 1,000 products in grocery store containing corn syrup. Yikes.

Fred Krohn (34)
Sunday September 23, 2012, 2:24 pm
As usual, th answer is moderation. Don't scarf down so much and find some practical exercise to burn off what you do eat.

reft h (66)
Sunday September 23, 2012, 2:44 pm
People will need to practice moderation + read labels. The simple act of eating has become so complicated.

Elizabeth M (65)
Sunday September 23, 2012, 3:02 pm
You make a good point Wolf. We the consumer have to be vigilant and stay away from overly processed foods for sure.
Thanks for this post Thubten.

Charlene Rush (79)
Sunday September 23, 2012, 6:51 pm
There are times, when I spend too much time in the super market reading labels.
Isn't it a shame, that this is what we have to do, to fight against Big Business:

Sheila D (28)
Sunday September 23, 2012, 7:24 pm
Thanks for the article. Just another reminder to read, read, read those labels.

Jenny Dooley (830)
Monday September 24, 2012, 12:03 am
Absolutely true, Sheila!

Nimue Michelle Pendragon Gaze (339)
Monday September 24, 2012, 12:13 am
Use stevia instead :)

Robert Garvin (46)
Monday September 24, 2012, 2:38 am
From my study over the last 13 years, I have come to the conclusion from information gathered from many different places, there is something else that really exacerbates each of the observations made here but we are not generally told about a certain situation which is probably quicker in creating the fat situation. Most folks are totally unaware that he body actually stores toxins in fat. Those toxins will be generated in large amounts simply by miscombining our foods. Most are unaware that by combining Proteins and starches together that it causes fermentation and putrifaction in the gut. This creates toxins that the body MUST get rid of, and as there are only four basic ways for this elimination process being breath, sweat, urine and the other stuff. When the body has more than it can handle through these four points, the overload is encapsulated with fat and stored ready for elimination at a later time. Unfortunately, because most bad foods actually taste "nice" we do not recognise that the body is calling for nutrition and just keep feeding it what we think is food, but which is virtually negative as far as nutrition is concerned. There are many different "methods" for properly combining foods and I have looked at quite a few. Some are quite difficult to get the basic information from but there is one that I have found to be extremely easy and also very much to the point. It is this site
I have proven this really works as I lost 15 kilos and have kept it off for two years without any great effort other than to be sure I follow the combining suggestions fully. Disease also has been dramatically removed since I am no longer fertilising the bad bacteria and when they have little to eat, they are overcome by the good bacteria which have much good stuff to eat. Simple!

M B (62)
Tuesday September 25, 2012, 12:38 pm
coca cola uses corn syrup instead of sugar, because it's cheaper.

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Monday October 1, 2012, 5:00 am
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And isn't it .. errr shall we say: fascinatingly remarkable, how (very targeted) someone/thing/whatever here @care2 keeps, for years now --per-sis-tent-ly-- deleting (some) comments (of some users), WHEREAS --in appalling sharp contrast-- care2 has not even managed to delete spam postings when the spammer's profile gets deleted ?

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Friday, September 21, 2012, 4:44 AM
Subject: Comment on: The Natural Sweetener That Makes People Fat | Care2 Healthy Living

> Corn syrup is the sugar extracted from corn.
sucrose = saccharose is sugar *extracted* from beets or cane
(e.g.) agave syrup | agave nectar = also a *natural* plant-*extract*

WHEREAS " Corn syrup " and even more so HFCS = a semiSYNTHETIC product derived by extracting + HYDROLIZING

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