Posted: 19 Dec 2014 07:00 AM PST
Is high fructose corn syrup one of the most shocking ingredients found in your food? Watch this video and decide for yourself.
The Shocking Truth about High Fructose Corn Syrup
It's no secret that chemical alternatives are unhealthier than their natural counterparts. Take sugar, for example. Sugar is a natural food product derived from the sugarcane plant. The problem with sugar is that it is highly inflammatory and contributes to insulin resistance if consumed for long periods of time.  Artificial sweeteners came into the scene to fight these issues. Artificial sweeteners like aspartame actually cause more harm than good by contributing to decreased satiety and expanding waistlines. In fact, individuals who consume sodas with artificial sweeteners weigh more than those who consume traditional sodas sweetened with sugar. 
High fructose corn syrup follows the same path, except that it wasn't brought into the food industry with the intent to improve health. In reality, high fructose corn syrup costs less than actual sugar because it is much sweeter than sugar. Food manufacturers use less and earn more. It really is all about the money when it comes to this product. Food subsidies also put an enormous amount of attention in corn, the prime ingredient for producing high fructose corn syrup. This is why so many products, even those you would never imagine having the sweetener, contain high fructose corn syrup.
Surprising Health Effects They Don't Want You to Know
Studies have consistently shown that the consumption of high fructose corn syrup seriously damages the health of vital organs, including the brain. The corn industry is spending millions of dollars to keep the science hidden from public view, spreading half truths to protect their hidden agenda: profits. Money trumps health in the food industry, which is surprising considering that food is our primary source of sustenance.
One of the most shocking health effects of high fructose corn syrup is its possible link to Alzheimer's disease and other neurological disorders.  The sweetener is often laced with mercury, a compound that contributes to amyloid plaque buildup, a key component in Alzheimer's disease development. Corn syrup also increases obesity risk up to 300%, according to animal studies.
What You Need to Do
You don't have to give up your favorite treats just because you will be cutting high fructose corn syrup out of your life. All you have to do is be mindful of ingredient labels on the back of the packaging. If you see the ingredient anywhere in the ingredient list, find an alternative, preferably one that is organic. Don't forget including more fresh fruit in your diet which will provide a natural source of sugar that may help stave off your sweet tooth as well as reduce your caloric intake.
Do you avoid high fructose corn syrup? Have you noticed any benefits? Please let us know!
-Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, ND, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM
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