High Fructose Corn Syrup
Back in the late 1960s, the corn growers stumbled across something that would forever change our diets here in America. Originally, the technology to refine corn syrup started with the production of dextrose from corn starch, and led to refined corn sweeteners being manufactured in the late 1800’s.
In 1967, the process of converting crystalline corn syrup (dextrose) to fructose was accomplished and along came High Fructose Corn Syrup. Within just a few years, this new sweetener had become the sweetener of choice for an abundance of manufactured foods and drinks. This was because of the extremely low cost to produce it compared to cane sugar.
High Fructose Corn Syrup is an insidious creation and wreaks havoc on numerous things including blood sugar. Despite the tremendous adverse health consequences, the major companies decided to promote this sweetener and included it in many other products in order to make greater profits.
The way these manufacturers were able to do this was by creating a nationwide movement to reduce fat consumption in order to help people lose weight. When you remove the fat from foods, it tastes like cardboard. The solution… At a ton of sugar or high fructose corn syrup.
The unsuspecting public latched on to this new idea and so started the revolution of eating highly processed, highly sweetened manufactured food products. Since that time, the average American is 25 pounds heavier today. This is tragic and was totally avoidable if the truth had come out. But of course, at the end of the day it’s always all about the money.
The bottom line is that high fructose corn syrup causes many other problems besides obesity. It is very damaging to the body’s metabolism and biochemistry which makes it a major contributor towards alcoholism and relapse.
Here’s a great video that will summarize a publication called sugar the bitter truth by Dr. Robert Lustig. This video will give you an understanding of just how bad sugar and high fructose corn syrup is for you:
Sugar: The Bitter Truth – Short Version
If you want the full story about the real dangers of sugar and high fructose corn syrup:
Sugar: The Bitter Truth – Full Version
Robert H. Lustig, MD, University of California, San Fransisco, Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology.