January 9, 2012

From Dr. Weil's Newsletter. I wanted to pass this information along.

The HFCS debate rages on:

""High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is a cheap sweetener chemically derived from corn. This ubiquitous ingredient of junk food has been in the news lately, in part due to a proposed name change by the Corn Refiners Association - the group wants to rename it "corn sugar."

Whatever you call it, HFCS is a marker for low-quality food and has no place in a healthy diet. But unfortunately, it is widely used: HFCS is found as a primary ingredient in soft drinks and often hidden in processed foods including salad dressings and ketchup, jams, jellies, ice cream, bread and crackers. It is one of the biggest sources of calories in the American diet.

The most widely used kind of HFCS may have disruptive effects on metabolism, as the body doesn't utilize fructose well. In fact, regular consumption of HFCS may contribute to obesity, which in turn is a risk factor for several types of cancer and diabetes. In my opinion, HCFS is definitely bad for you and should be avoided - read food labels carefully and minimize your consumption of items that list HFCS as an ingredient.""

I would concur that an unnatural processed product like HFCS is likely to be unhealthy for us. We can sustain life on intravenous glucose (sugar) but prolonged IV fructose causes liver dysfunction and failure. Fructose occurs naturally in fruit and honey, but the volume of ingestion has skyrocketed with the use of HFCS. Why would they need to hide the name if the safety was without doubt???

See the article in Links

My take home point today: Nature provides fructose - use this form in moderation. Avoid HFCS until safety data is unequivocal.

Hedging my bets,

Dr. Magryta