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High Fructose Corn Syrup: As Addictive As Cocaine

Health & Wellness  (tags: high fructose corn syrup, addictive, obesity, processed foods, diabetes, heart disease, inflammatory diseases, early death )

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One of the most common ingredients in processed foods, HF Corn Syrup has contributed to the wave of obesity sweeping the industrialized world than any other food item. And, it is addictive.

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mag.w.d. Aichberger (34)
Thursday June 13, 2013, 12:53 pm
> High Fructose Corn Syrup: As Addictive As Cocaine
from my personal experience (with a lifetime-consumption of tons of sugars, and only about (a line, here and there, i was invited to, and) 1g(!) of C.HCl, but this of reasonable chemical purity) i consider this statement utter BS


Brian M. (210)
Thursday June 13, 2013, 1:08 pm
High Fructose Corn Syrup is typically made with GMO corn in industrial settings with questionable cleanliness, These production plants spew toxic waste materials that contaminate the surrounding environment. And, wealthy corporations make huge profits by manufacturing this product and/or using as a sweetener in many processed food items. The end result: obese children with bad teeth learning to live with diabetes, heart disease, and shortened lives.

Debbie G. (311)
Thursday June 13, 2013, 1:18 pm
I don't know about it being as addictive as cocaine, although I can see that that is a strong probability. I try to avoid it if I can. I read labels, avoid most corn products (because of GMOs). More people should read labels to look out for their health.

Brian M. (210)
Thursday June 13, 2013, 1:34 pm
Addiction has three components: 1. compulsive behavior to repeat dosing. 2. withdrawal when unable to dose. 3. life-damaging consequences from prolonged use. High Fructose Corn Syrup produces all three of these in chronic consumers.

Laurie H. (776)
Thursday June 13, 2013, 6:37 pm
When I hear GMO food of any kind I cringe!!!! I know that High Fructose Corn Syrup is something I try to avoid completely. Thanks for this posting Brian~~~

Patricia H. (454)
Friday June 14, 2013, 6:38 am

John De Avalon (35)
Friday June 14, 2013, 9:49 am
A health 'firestarter' that no responsible manufacturer should be including in their products...

Jennifer Bender (5)
Friday June 14, 2013, 11:46 am
I wouldn't be surprised as most forms of sweeteners can be habit forming. Many people are addicted to sugar. They "need" it like they need drugs. Best bets are to replace all sugars with pure natural unrefined sugar or use honey instead. Eat more fruit for natural sugars. I've been on a diet for 5 days now and it eliminates all added sugars. I've only used honey to sweeten some recipes. I must say I feel a LOT better already. I don't think we'll ever be able to get the big food corporations to stop using these addictive ingredients. It's how they rope in their consumers.

DORIS L. (61)
Friday June 14, 2013, 12:37 pm
Shared on facebook.

Jamie Clemons (282)
Friday June 14, 2013, 1:30 pm
Thats why I like to inject High Fructose corn syrup directly into my veins. Just Kidding.

Brad Kraus (6)
Friday June 14, 2013, 1:40 pm
Refined sugars of any kind are best avoided, but especially HFCS. thanks for posting.

Birgit W. (156)
Friday June 14, 2013, 2:54 pm
Thank God I do not use it.
Thanks for the article.

Dandelion G. (385)
Friday June 14, 2013, 3:39 pm
Thank you for placing this on here. I am very aware of HFCS and have been saying for a long time on here and anywhere else who will listen that this has been a big cause of our society gaining weight and increase in diabetes in both children and adults.

A 2004 paper in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition points out a 10 fold increase in the consumption of high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) between 1970 and 1990.

The study is driven from the US Department of Agriculture food consumption tables from 1967 to 2000.

The authors report that as of 2004 HFCS accounted for 40% of total added sugar in foods and 100% of sweeteners for soft-drinks. Their data shows an increase in obesity that correlates closely with the increased consumption.

They theorize the molecular link between HFCS and obesity may exist in two key ways, both based on the difference between glucose and fructose:

1.Hepatic Lipogenesis - The process whereby the liver creates fat is known as hepatic lipogenesis. The authors suggest that increased consumption of high fructose corn syrup leads to unregulated carbon precursors in the liver that are then transformed into excess fat.

2.Insulin and Leptin - The authors argue that high fructose corn syrup stimulates less insulin than glucose. As a result, the lower insulin stimulates less leptin. Leptin is a hormone which slows or stops our appetite and is essential to prevent overeating.


A Princeton University research team has demonstrated that all sweeteners are not equal when it comes to weight gain: Rats with access to high-fructose corn syrup gained significantly more weight than those with access to table sugar, even when their overall caloric intake was the same.

In addition to causing significant weight gain in lab animals, long-term consumption of high-fructose corn syrup also led to abnormal increases in body fat, especially in the abdomen, and a rise in circulating blood fats called triglycerides.

The researchers say the work sheds light on the factors contributing to obesity trends in the United States.

Winn Adams (213)
Friday June 14, 2013, 6:07 pm

Debra Tate (17)
Friday June 14, 2013, 6:29 pm

Kerrie G. (135)
Saturday June 15, 2013, 9:11 am
Noted, thanks.

Jonathan Harper (0)
Saturday June 15, 2013, 12:23 pm

Phyllis P. (353)
Saturday June 15, 2013, 5:06 pm
Too much of anything is NEVER good. Thanks for the post.

Elisa F. (235)
Saturday June 15, 2013, 11:49 pm
Noted. Thank you.

Past Member (0)
Sunday June 16, 2013, 4:49 am
i don't think so. But white sugar is really bad for you.

Shanti S. (0)
Sunday June 16, 2013, 9:39 am
Thank you.

Arlene Morrison (1)
Sunday June 16, 2013, 2:25 pm
I read somewhere that sugar is as bad for you as smoking cigarettes~ we should all try to avoid but you would be surprised what actually contains sugar! Just about everything!

DaleLovesOttawa O. (198)
Tuesday June 18, 2013, 3:37 am
Not too surprising but don't worry and be happy, as the corporations love to maximize their profits no matter what health threat is present...they spend nights losing sleep because some of us question their need to increase the bottom line.

Mari Garcia (51)
Tuesday June 18, 2013, 2:33 pm
I cut out junk food completely last week and notice my energy increase right away. Today I noticed it even more so.I would normally nap since it was raining, and would drink 3 cups of coffee a day, but today I only had one cup and no nap!

Melania Padilla (194)
Friday June 21, 2013, 7:01 pm

J. J. (30)
Monday July 29, 2013, 5:51 pm
Quite a few so-called health drinks and foods actually contain HFCS. Health+HFCS =2 words that definitely shouldn't mix! Thanks for posting.

J. J. (30)
Monday July 29, 2013, 5:54 pm
Oops, technically more like 5 words but then again who's counting:)
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