High Fructose Corn Syrup

It is safe for you to assume that I am 100% against consuming High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) – which is damn difficult considering it has infested everything from baby formula to wheat bread and found in something that – in my opinion – should be banned, along with cigarettes … soft drinks.

 

But does High Fructose Corn Syrup just cause physical health problems? In a recent article from Holistic Primary Care: News for Health & Healing titled, “Children of the Corn (Syrup)” it seems that it can cause psychological problems, as well.

 

High school kids who drink more than 5 cans of soft drinks per week are 15% more likely than their non-soda’d counterparts to act violently, according to a new study from Harvard School of Public Health.

 

Researchers surveyed 1,878 inner-city Boston public school kids, and found an unequivocal correlation between self-reported soft-drinking and aggression. Among those who drank 14 cans/week—that’s roughly one third of the kids—58% had histories of violence toward peers, and an alarming 43% carried guns or knives. For those who drank 1 or less, the numbers were 35% and 23%—still disturbingly high, when you think about it.

 

“Dose-Dependent” Relationship

Investigator David Hemenway says the correlation between soft drinks and violence was “dose dependent,” and similar in magnitude to correlations between teen alcohol use and violence. The data were published earlier this week in the online edition of the British journal, Injury Prevention.

Is it the sugar (corn syrup) or the caffeine? Dr. Hemenway said nobody really knows. He stressed that correlation does not prove causation, though it does raise suspicion.

 

It also raises the specter of the “Twinkie Defense”—a weird judicial episode in which a killer pleaded—somewhat Twinkiesuccessfully–that his murderous behavior was triggered by junk food. HPC wonders whether it’ll also give the gun lobby some new ammo: “Guns don’t kill people, Soft Drinks do!”

 

Whether or not soda makes kids go ballistic, it’ll probably help make ‘em fat and sick. Princeton researchers showed that high-fructose corn syrup—the stuff Corn Refiners Association now wants us to call “corn sugar”—is significantly more metabolically detrimental than plain white sugar. Continue Reading …

 

 

The portion of the article, “Children of the Corn (Syrup)” has been reprinted by permission from Holistic Primary Care.

 

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15 Responses to High Fructose Corn Syrup

  1. Kevin Bettencourt says:

    I couldn’t agree more. It’s one of those things that you don’t notice until you notice. It should be pointed out however it’s usually only in things that are obviously bad for you. Not too much of a defense.

    Las Vegas Air Conditioning Service & Repairs

  2. I am so confused, how does Corn Syrup make people pick up a gun and use it to threaten people?

    Can you give us more information?

    Mark Hogan

  3. Neil, I had no idea you were against HFCS, is there anywhere that a good video could explain how that suff is made and why we dont just use sugar like the rest of the world.
    Scott Sylvan Bell
    Reading body language when hugging
    Now go implement!

  4. HFCS is one of the WORST things you can consume. It’s linked to all kinds of health problems. It’s one of my absolute no-nos.

    Soda is really a topic unto itself. It’s beyond bad…way to much to say about it here.

    Can you comment on how sugar, particulary HFCS, effect digestion?

    Thanks for reprinting this article. It’s important information to share.

    Cherie Miranda
    Pratyahara: The Fifth Limb of Yoga

  5. Not a fan of high fructose corn syrup. I sometimes think of it as the legal equivalent of speed. Not healthy at all. Glad to see you citing some research being done on this.

    Michael
    Minnesota Music Memories

  6. Eva Palmer says:

    Hi Neil,
    That is a very scary information…I would have never guess that there was a correlation betwen drinking sweet soft drinks and violence.
    Thank you so much for sharing,

    Tratar la ansiedad con hipnosis

  7. HFCS is absolutely foul stuff, and as you say, ubiquitous.

    14 soft drinks a week – good grief!

    Totally scary figures re violence amongst school kids.

    EcoExpert
    Dog Survives Gas Chamber

  8. Great article!
    Interesting research!
    I definitly would like to have more info.
    Thank you for sharing!

    http://www.leadershipmissinglink.com

  9. High fructose corn syrup does seem to sneak into a lot of processed foods for sale at the grocery stores. We read labels a lot looking at carb count which is often a quick indicator of added sugar.

    Happy Dating and Relationships,

    April Braswell
    Widow Dating Expert

  10. Rob Malone says:

    Hi Neil,

    My brother is reading a book on marketing by a former marketing great (sorry can’t remember his name or the name of the book) but in there the author makes a comment about how marketing companies have known for decades that HFCS is additive and that is a contributing factor in my so many food manufacturers have gone to it.

  11. I just read an article recently that said there is no difference between high fructose corn syrup and sugar as far as the effects it has on the human body. This is an interesting contradiction. I wish there was a clear answer.

    Lisa McLellan
    Babysitting Services, Nanny Services, and Nanny agencies

  12. John Moulder says:

    More nasty foodstuffs to shorten our life . Great, just what we don’t need .

    http://johncmoulder.com

  13. Dennis Perry says:

    HFCS is nothing more than a toxic chemical that certain groups want to pawn off as safe. The increasing use of HFCS and the increasing waistlines of the American public, especially the children, is no coincidence!

    Dennis
    The Wealth Doc

  14. Sonya Lenzo says:

    You are just confirming my decision to cook my own food from scratch and to know as much as possible what goes in to my body. I gave up drinking anything but water except on rare occassions a few years ago, and I notice a difference when I drink anything else. Even so called fruit juice has a lot of additives unless you make your own.If your health is a priority, then food is a medicine and you need to KNOW what youre eating and drinking.
    Sonya Lenzo

    http://www.sunnyincostarica.com/stuff/

  15. Neil, do you think that countries that use real sugar have less health problems vs those that use HFCS?

    Scott Sylvan Bell
    How to sell
    Now go implement!

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