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.
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 successfully–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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