High Fructose Corn Syrup and Low Energy Levels

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High fructose corn syrup is a processed corn syrup that has a sweet flavor similar to sugar. This sugar additive is often added to processed foods and drinks as a cheap artificial sweetener, which is why it is a common ingredient in processed foods. This synthetic sugar is often contaminated with genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Most GMOs have been linked to cancer, organ problems, obesity, allergies, and low energy levels.

Foods with high fructose corn syrup (HFCS)

High fructose corn syrup is often found in processed foods and drinks, including but not limited to white bread, cereals, yogurts, soft drinks, soups, candy bars, condiments, cookies, cakes, cough medicine, ice cream, sauces, salad dressings, and certain dairy products.

Food products that include HFCS in their ingredients list usually contain other processed ingredients and preservatives. Many of these food additives are used to increase the shelf life of junk food. This is great for increasing profits for the food industry but bad for your health. A lot of food additives have been linked to obesity, heart disease, diabetes, autoimmune disorders, and cancer.

Side effects of high fructose corn syrup

High fructose corn syrup is often made from genetically modified corn. This type of corn has been linked to many health problems in rodents, including cancer, kidney and liver damage, digestive problems, and premature death. This artificial sweetener has also been linked to weight gain and autoimmune disorders. Fatty liver is also a common disease associated with an increased intake of HFCS. These health issues will often lead to energy problems, such as chronic fatigue syndrome.

High fructose corn syrup poses a serious health threat as it often contains the toxic heavy metal mercury or other food contaminants that aren’t regulated by food agencies. During the process of making high fructose corn syrup, mercury-grade caustic soda is often used to extract the corn starch and therefore contaminating it with mercury. Mercury is very toxic to cells, especially nerve cells which is why it has been linked to neurodegenerative disease and low energy levels.

Other side effects of high fructose corn syrup

Obesity

Unlike natural sugar in fruits, HFCS contains free-form monosaccharides of fructose and glucose, causing it to break down differently than natural sugar. Glucose is what your body uses for energy whereas fructose is metabolized directly into fat in the liver. In a sense, ingesting fructose is like eating pure fat. What makes sugar safe is that it contains 50 percent glucose and 50 percent fructose. High fructose corn syrup on the other hand doesn’t contain a balance amount of glucose and fructose and therefore it breaks down improperly, causing stress on the liver and harmful side effects. Because your liver likes to metabolize fructose into fat, when you consume too much of it, you increase your risk of obesity.

Food addiction

Studies done on the effects of high fructose corn syrup on rats suggested that HFCS has similar addictive properties similar to cocaine. This shouldn’t be a surprise because we all know how addictive sweet foods are, which is why children can’t resist candy. Sweet foods have a lot of refined sugar, a toxin linked to cancer and autoimmune disorder. If sweet foods don’t have refined sugar in them, the sugar is often replaced by artificial sweeteners, such as HFCS and aspartame. Since HFCS is sweeter than sugar, it is even more addictive and therefore leading to food addictions and other health problems.

The conventional corn syrup industry as well as the food industry want people to believe that high fructose corn syrup and other artificial sweeteners are just as healthy as natural sugars, but this simply isn’t the case. Natural sugar contains synergistic components and other natural substances that assist your body to metabolize it in a safe way. Without these natural substances, sugar breaks down improperly, causing harm to your body. High fructose corn syrup doesn’t have these natural synergistic components to prevent it from breaking down into toxic chemicals, which is why it is bad for health and long-term energy.

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This article was written by PL and Jacqueline.

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