Updated: Apr 3
High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) has been under scrutiny for many years and it has been clearly established that it causes significant health problems. HFCS has been identified as one of the major players in the obesity epidemic along with its unscrupulous relative, added sugar which is compromised of 50 percent glucose and 50 percent fructose.
Glucose is utilized for energy by every cell in your body including your brain, which uses glucose as its primary source of energy. In harsh contrast, fructose from HFCS and table sugar needs to be converted to FAT or glycogen (stored carbs) by the liver before it can be used as fuel. HFCS and added sugars elevate unnatural amounts of fructose, which our bodies have not evolved well enough to process efficiently.
Up until the last few decades our diets contained very small amounts of fructose which was eaten through natural sources such as fruit. Keep in mind natural sources of fructose are not a problem and none of this applies to whole fruit which is healthy.
The serious adverse health effects of excess fructose cannot be ignored if your goal is to live a long healthy life, not burdened by medicines to help manage the undesirable biochemical effects caused by fructose.
As already mentioned, fructose is converted to glycogen (stored carbs) by the liver, but the liver has limited storage capacity, so all excess fructose is stored as FAT and this is where the problems begin.
Fructose increases the risk of fatty liver disease, obesity, late-onset diabetes (insulin resistance), increase triglycerides, and hypertension referred to by the medical community as METABOLIC DISEASE. These simply are not diseases of old age, they are diseases of biochemistry compensations caused by years of fueling our bodies incorrectly.
The bottom line: HFCS and added sugar are empty calories containing no essential nutrients, there is no reason to eat or consume them as they cause grave harm to your body. So the next time you sit down to your favorite meal it may not be the fat that is the problem it might be what your drinking or the over-sweetened sauce on that delicious one healthy seafood fish.