Science Says High-Fructose Corn Syrup Is Pretty Much The Worst Thing Ever

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The title pretty much says it all.

In addition to causing significant weight gain in lab animals, long-term consumption of high-fructose corn syrup also led to abnormal increases in body fat, especially in the abdomen, and a rise in circulating blood fats called triglycerides. The researchers say the work sheds light on the factors contributing to obesity trends in the United States.

“Some people have claimed that high-fructose corn syrup is no different than other sweeteners when it comes to weight gain and obesity, but our results make it clear that this just isn’t true, … When rats are drinking high-fructose corn syrup at levels well below those in soda pop, they’re becoming obese — every single one, across the board. Even when rats are fed a high-fat diet, you don’t see this; they don’t all gain extra weight.”

The researchers don’t yet have all the answers, but the processing of corn syrup into HFCS seems to a factor.  The unbound sugar molecules that can be metabolized almost instantly end up getting converted to fats in our bodies, rather than something a bit more useful, such as fuel/energy.  Of particular interest is the comparison of HFCS against plain ol’ table sugar (in higher concentrations than the HFCS).  Regular old white sugar is a relatively whole food, at least the sugar cane or beets don’t undergo molecule-altering chemical processes that render their resultant sweeteners useless to our bodies as a fuel source.

And, the other thing i’ve been saying for years now:

The new research complements previous work … demonstrating that sucrose can be addictive, having effects on the brain similar to some drugs of abuse.

Science Says High-Fructose Corn Syrup Is Pretty Much The Worst Thing Ever

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