America is increasing their consumption of High Fructose Corn Syrup.  On average Americans consume over 60 pounds per person per year. The highest consumption is from sugar, sweetened drinks and processed foods. During that time period, obesity rates have more than tripled and diabetes incidence has increased more than seven times. Fructose and overall increased refined carbohydrates are a major part of these problems.

The favorable cost and taste has influenced America to consume massive amounts of this sweetener and the fat around the midline is a tale-tell sign.  Evidence points that heart disease, obesity, dementia, liver failure, tooth decay and many more named and blamed conditions are increasing under HFCS consumption.

 We are being misinformed by the corn industry that it is safe and they refer to it as Natural Corn Sugar.  The ads are stating the body cannot tell the difference betweem cane and corn sugar.  They further state that eating it makes us feel better.  Physicians have been targeted too with a twelve page monograph from the Corn Refiners Association reviewing the science that HFCS is safe and no different than cane sugar. This simply is not true.

There are informative websites: www.sweetsurprise.com and www.cornsugar.com that give facts and figures for a clear understanding of the dangers of HFCS. Dr. Bruce Ames, one of the foremost nutritional scientists in the world, presents evidence from his research center on how HFCS can trigger body-wide inflammation and obesity.

  Dr Mark Hyman states are 5 reasons you should stay away from any product containing high fructose corn syrup and why it may kill you:

  •  “Sugar in any form causes obesity and disease when consumed in pharmacologic doses.  Cane sugar and high fructose corn syrup are indeed both harmful when consumed in pharmacologic doses of 140 pounds per person per year. When one 20 ounce HFCS sweetened soda, sports drink, or tea has 17 teaspoons of sugar (and the average teenager often consumes two drinks a day) we are conducting a largely uncontrolled experiment.

  • HFCS and cane sugar are NOT biochemically identical or processed the same way by the body. High fructose corn syrup is an industrial food product and far from “natural” or a naturally occurring substance.

  • HFCS contains contaminants including mercury that are not regulated or measured by the FDA.

  • Independent medical and nutrition experts DO NOT support the use of HFCS in our diet, despite the assertions of the corn industry.  David S. Ludwig, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School, has published extensively on the dangers and the obesogenic properties of sugar-sweetened beverages.

  • HFCS is almost always a marker of poor-quality, nutrient-poor disease-creating industrial food products or “food-like substances”. The last reason to avoid products that contain HFCS is that they are a marker for poor-quality, nutritionally-depleted, processed industrial food full of empty calories and artificial ingredients.”

  •  It is important we measure what we eat and drink with science and prudence!

 At Align Columbus Chiropractic Health and Wellness Center we can help you  remove HFCS from your diet with the help of the following supplements:  B Active helps to cut sugar cravings as does MaX Adrenal.  ALAmax CR not only helps cut cravings but also helps to promote better insulin sensitivity.  MedCaps IS is formulated to help balance blood sugar. Call us today to learn how you can successfully cut HFCS out of your diet without sideeffects or cravings.

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