HFCS and Your Heart

HFCS and uncontrolled growth of the heart

High consumption of fructose can lead to uncontrolled growth of cardiomyocytes and heart attack.
Credit: Courtesy of ETH Zurich/Peter Mirtschnik and Tatiana Simka

Newly Discovered Danger of High Fructose Corn Syrup is Alarming!  New scientific studies reveal how high fructose corn syrup-containing foods are causing yet another unwanted side effect – heart failure.

It started with the replacement of glucose with fructose, including high fructose corn syrup, which tastes sweet but doesn’t elevate sugar levels in the blood.  Good, right?  Wrong.  HFCS is bad all over.

This article by Natural Society lays it out pretty succinctly.

“The liver converts fructose directly into fat. People who consume lots of fructose end up developing high blood pressure, suffering from obesity, and developing insulin resistance, among other health issues. Doctors usually call this metabolic syndrome – and for some time, they couldn’t figure out why so many Americans were so overweight.”

How does this affect the heart?

“Unknown previously, but verified through their research and recently published in Nature, fructose has been discovered to be a key driver for a molecular mechanism that drives uncontrolled growth of the heart muscle. This condition can eventually lead to complete heart failure, as the heart literally outgrows its ability to function within the body.”

What’s more, since one consumes fructose to cause this issue, they likely have high blood pressure as well, which is a one-two punch to the cardiovascular system.

Read the article…

Sugar and Cancer

The list of problems caused by sugar in all its forms just goes on and on.  If you hadn’t previously thought of sugar as a cancer trigger, think again.

The reader’s digest version:  when we eat sugar, or white flour, or foods with a high ‘glycemic index’, the blood levels of glucose rise rapidly.  The body immediately releases a dose of insulin to enable the glucose to enter the cells.  The secretion of insulin is accompanied by the release of another molecule, called IGF (insulin-Like growth factor), whose role it is to stimulate cell growth.

And therein lies the root of the cancer-sugar problem.

Insulin and IGF not only stimulate the growth of cancer cells but also their capacity to invde neighboring tissues.  In addition, insulin and IGF promote inflammation, which also stimulates cell growth and acts in turn as fertilizer for tumors.

From Anticancer: A New Way of Life, by David Servan-Schreiber MD, PhD

When David Servan-Schreiber, a dedicated scientist and doctor, was diagnosed with brain cancer, his life changed. Confronting what medicine knows about the illness and the little-known workings of his body’s natural cancer ­fighting capacities.


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