Wednesday, January 9, 2013

High Fructose Corn Syrup Could Be Making You Fat


In a recent study published in the January issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), a team of scientists have found that consuming fructose effects how our brains deal with hunger.  The study finds that the part of the brain that deals with feeling full, did not kick in, when consuming fructose.

Delia Quigley, of Care2.com, reports, "Scientists at the Yale University School of Medicine enlisted 20 adults who were each given 75g of pure glucose and another time 75g of fructose to drink. Their brains were scanned before and after consuming the drinks, leading to some interesting observations.  The glucose caused a reduced blood flow to the brain’s hypothalamus signaling that the body was satisfied and full; while the fructose caused an increase in blood flow signaling that it was not sated and wanted more."

The artificial sweetener High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) is genetically modified to decrease glucose, and increase fructose.  From Wikipedia, HFCS "comprises any of a group of corn syrups that has undergone enzymatic processing to convert some of its glucose into fructose to produce a desired sweetness." 

In the past, I have written many times about the benefits of Organic food and the dangers of genetically modified products, like High Fructose Corn Syrup.  For example, Aspartame, another artificial sweetener used in many of today's products, has been linked to Leukemia and Lymphoma.  Also, the Pepsi Co. is working with a company named Senomyx, that produces an artificial sweetener, using kidney cells from an aborted baby, and will soon use this product in their beverages.  Finally, the infamous corporation Monsanto, genetically modified a cotton seed that is engineered to produce an insecticide which breaks open the stomach of insects and kills them, but the Indian farmers that are forced to used this BT cotton seed are telling of rashes and other problems working with the genetically modified crop. 

While the majority of the public eat food filled with harmful additives and poisonous pesticides, many top politicians, and celebrities, only eat Organic, and completely avoid genetically modified products, like High Fructose Corn Syrup.

The first lady, Michelle Obama, in 2008, even called High Fructose Corn Syrup "poison", in an interview with The New Yorker, as she was telling how her family had shifted to eating organic meals.  Her husband, President Barack Obama, in 2007, promised, if elected, he would force companies to label their product "GMO", if it contained genetically modified ingredients.  Not only did he not do this, Obama has placed many people with connections to the genetically modifying food company Monsanto, in high level regulatory positions.  In the first three years of the Obama Administration, 10 different genetically engineered crops, and even a genetically modified animal, have been approved by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), according to Food & Water Watch.