High-fructose corn syrup and your health: Research roundup

High fructose corn syrup has been on the high alert list for a while now, but there is still a need for good resources that explain what HFCS is, what foods contain it and why we should be on alert for it (and avoid it!)

This article covers the what and where, and offers a great list of resources for more information. Definitely bookmark and keep handy!

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Fructose Powers a Vicious Cycle

Researchers have found a hitherto unknown molecular mechanism that is driven by fructose and can lead to cardiac enlargement and heart failure.

High consumption of fructose can lead to uncontrolled growth of cardiomyocytes and heart attack.

In recent decades fructose spread throughout the food market, due to a reputation as being less harmful than glucose. In contrast to glucose, fructose barely increases blood glucose levels and insulin secretion. This avoids frequently recurring insulin spikes after any glucose consumption, which are judged harmful. In addition, fructose is sweeter to the taste.

But there’s a downside: the liver converts fructose very efficiently into fat. People who consume too much high-fructose food can in time become overweight and develop high blood pressure, dyslipidaemia with fatty liver and insulin resistance — symptoms that doctors group together under the name metabolic syndrome

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Sugar, Fructose, High Fructose Corn Syrup and Gout

From the Gout and You website, this article examines the role of sugar & HFCS in the development of gout and increased risk of gout attacks.

The culprit appears to be fructose which increases uric acid levels and when uric acid levels get high enough, they harden and crystallize which causes a gout attack to occur. Our modern day diet consists of a very high consumption of fructose, mainly in the form of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS).

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