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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The Parallels Between Synthetic Opiates and High Fructose Corn Syrup

High Fructose Corn Syrup and synthetic opiates have many similarities in metabolism, marketing, and impact on the epidemics of obesity and addiction.

Over the last three decades, two health crises have simultaneously overwhelmed modern America: obesity and addiction. The rise of both and a driving factor of each – opioids for addiction, and sugar for obesity – can be traced to two similar inventions, the creation and proliferation of synthetic opiates, and the promulgation of high fructose corn syrup. However, these two products are not only similar in how they have been marketed to consumers, but in how their chemical architecture metabolizes in the human body.

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How Sugar Fuels the Growth of Cancer

Researchers may be able to explain how sugar might fuel the growth of cancer. They say it boils down to one type of sugar in particular: fructose.  Tests in mice show a possible mechanism for how it happens. The findings, published in the journal Cancer Research, support studies that suggest people who consume more sugar have a higher risk of cancer — especially breast cancer.

The researchers fed mice four different diets that were either heavy in starch or heavy in different types of sugar. What they found is that “Any sugar helped make the tumors grow faster, but fructose did it significantly more. ”

The implications for people are clear. Cohen notes that fructose consumption in the U.S. surged from about half a pound a person a year in 1970 to more than 62 pounds a year in 1997. That’s mainly due to the broad use of high fructose corn syrup.

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