Deadly High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS)

High fructose corn syrup, diabetes, healthy diet, healthy living, heart disease

I was watching TV the other day when an advert came on promoting High Fructose Corn Sugar (HFCS) as good for you. I was horrified and shook my head in disgust that such a dangerous food could be marketed as desirable.

So before we go any further into our discussion, I want to make it perfectly clear here and now that High Fructose Corn Sugar (HFCS) is VERY DANGEROUS and SHOULD NOT be consumed.

The refined food industry developed HFCS not because they were concerned about your health and wanted to offer a healthy sugar alternative.

Make no mistake, High Fructose Corn Sugar (HFCS) is very inexpensive to produce compared to cane sugar and adds bulk, texture and an extended shelf life to many packaged foods.

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The aim of these large corporations is to maximise their profits at the expense of your health – it’s that simple!

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So what is all the Hype on HFCS?

High fructose corn syrup, diabetes, healthy diet, healthy living, heart disease

High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) is a synthetic processed sweetener and food preservative found in soft drinks, baked goods, yoghurt, snack foods and a huge number of other packaged and processed foods. In fact only foods labeled as 100% organic can be assumed to be HFCS free.

It is made from corn starch and manufactured by changing the sugar (glucose) in corn starch to fructose. Contrary to what some people think corn is not a vegetable but a grain and is also one of the four big genetically modified crops.

Corn also has a significant amount of phytate, an enzyme inhibitors that can block the uptake of essential minerals such as calciummagnesium, iron, especially zinc in the intestinal tract.

Grains metabolise into sugar very rapidly which causes a huge spike in blood sugar. As a counter-reaction the pancreas releases the hormone insulin to break down glucose (which is made when the body breaks down starches such as carbohydrate) and stores it as fat in the body. Not only is this a major contributor to type ll diabetes it also puts additional strain on this overburdened organ.

The body metabolises naturally occurring sugar differently to the synthetic sugar found in HFCS. Naturally occurring sugar include sucrose which is derived from sugar cane or sugar beet and is sold as table sugar. Fructose for example is the naturally occurring sugar found in fruit and gram for gram in sugar tests is considered the sweetest.

HFCS is 75 per cent sweeter than sugar making it a great choice for powerful profit-hungry corporations who needed to add less, increase bulk and shelf life, for more return.

Fructose metabolises more gradually into the bloodstream unlike the fructose in man-made HFCS which is absorbed quickly and causes a spike in blood sugar and leaves you craving for more and more.

The dangers of HFCS and what you need to know:

  • HFCS Can Cause a Significant Risk of Weight Gain and Obesity

A recent study conducted at Princeton University found that rats that were fed HFCS gained fat 300% quicker than those fed a similar diet of naturally occurring fruit sugar.

Read more about the Princeton findings from their University website.

Diabetes warning.

An article in Time Magazine April 21 2009 reported that ‘’researchers at the University of California Davis (found that) consuming too much fructose can actually put you at greater risk of developing heart disease and diabetes than ingesting similar amounts of glucose.’’

Test subject who were given fructose sweetened beverages at each meal showed signs of unhealthy changes in liver function including reduced levels of insulin sensitivity and increased levels of visceral fat.   Test subjects who consumed similar amounts of glucose sweetened beverages displayed no such change.

Insulin sensitivity is one of the early signs of diabetes ll. The accumulation of visceral fat around the major organs such as the heart and liver is known to affect the body’s metabolism and sets the stage for cardiovascular disease.

  • HFCS and Reactive Carbonyls

Beverages containing HFCS have high levels of reactive carbonyls which are linked to cellular and tissue damage. This damage further contributes to diabetes.

  • HFCS and Increased Levels of LDL (Bad) Cholesterol Levels

The build- up of arterial plague is caused by elevated levels of blood fats called triglycerides and LDL (Bad) cholesterols levels both of which are found in HFCS and cause a condition known as ‘fatty liver’.

This build up can lead to dangerous heart conditions such as hypertension, heart disease and stroke.


The fructose contained in HFCS is not absorbed gradually in to the blood stream, it goes right to the liver therefore by-passing much of the normal digestive process. Can you image the decay artificial sugar is causing to your liver? If you have no idea, try soaking a used coin in a glass of coca cola overnight and the nice shiny coin you discover the following morning will shine some light on this sugar!

Among the many functions of the liver it plays an important role in detoxifying the blood of poisonous substances therefore it is essential to good health. A diminished liver will lead to a myriad of associated health problems.

In his article entitled 5 Reason HFCS Will Kill You,

health reform advocate Doctor Mark Hyman provides an easy-to-understand explanation of the biochemistry:

Regular cane sugar (sucrose) is made of two-sugar molecules bound tightly together – glucose and fructose in equal amounts. The enzymes in your digestive tract must break down the sucrose into glucose and fructose, which are then absorbed into the body.

HFCS also consists of glucose and fructose, not in a 50-50 ratio, but a 55-45 fructose to glucose ratio in an unbound form… Since there is no chemical bond between them…they are more rapidly absorbed into your blood stream. Fructose goes right to the liver and triggers… the production of fats like triglycerides and cholesterol … and causes a condition called “fatty liver”. The rapidly absorbed glucose triggers big spikes in insulin. Both these features of HFCS… drive increases in appetite, weight gain, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, dementia and more.

“Research done by Dr Bruce Ames at the Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute found that high doses of free fructose have been proven to literally punch holes in the intestinal lining allowing nasty byproducts of toxic gut bacteria and partially digested food proteins to enter your blood stream and trigger the inflammation that we know is at the root of obesity, diabetes, cancer, heart disease, dementia and accelerated aging. Naturally occurring fructose in fruit is part of a complex of nutrients and fiber that doesn’t exhibit the same biological effects as the free high fructose doses found in “corn sugar”.

  • HFCS and the Exposure to Mercury

HFCS is loaded with alarmingly high levels of mercury. Some studies have found mercury in over 50 per cent of tested samples of commercial HFCS.

An article written in the Washington Post dated January 28 2009 highlights concern about mercury levels found in commercial foods containing HFCS.

Mercury exposure can lead to irreversible brain and nervous system damage and the developing bodies of young children are of particular concern and pose an even higher risk.

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It will teach you how to use food as medicine and choose natural alternatives to sugar and HFCS.You’ll find over 60 quick and easy delicious recipes, juices, smoothies, snacks and desserts. Enjoy essential DVD’s on how raw food can reverse diabetes, detoxing and cleansing, juicing and even natural cancer treatments.

Food Matter’s Healthy Freedom Box Set will help you wave goodbye to the hazards of HFCS for good! Just click the image or highlighted text to find out more and get started today.  Make HFCS history. 🙂

Evading the Evils of HFCS

Firstly you need to know where they are and how to spot them. Then you can easily avoid them at all cost!

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You will find HFCS in:

Carbonated Beverages and Fruit Drinks

Fast Foods

Processed Foods



HFCS is plainly labelled on most foods packaged in the U.S but outside the U.S can also be labelled as:

Maize syrup, pole corn syrup, glucosefructose syrup, glucose or fructose.

So do beware and do take care to avoid High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS).

Sugar Alternatives

Here are some healthy alternatives to sugar that you can enjoy without risking your health. And for more Raw, non-GMO and Organic Food including sugar alternatives click the highlighted link.

  • Xylitol or Birch sugar substitute
  • Stevia
  • Raw Organic Cacao (Click the link for raw, organic and non-GMO)
  • Raw Honey (in moderation and go for organic)
  • Agave Nectar (in moderation and go for organic)

But remember even the healthy alternatives above should be eaten in moderation.

Use this great app to help with your food choice. 

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