How High Fructose Corn Syrup Causes Obesity

By: Byron J. Richards, Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist

I have repeatedly stated that high fructose corn syrup should be banned from the food supply.  A new study confirms the diabolical nature of this substance to induce leptin resistance1 and consequent obesity – and future heart disease and diabetes.  The study found that fructose consumption raised triglycerides in the blood, even though obesity and weight problems had not yet set in.  This problem blocks leptin from getting into your brain, setting the stage for the first changes that lead to obesity.  Then, when overeating occurred, the prior fructose consumption led directly to a handicapped metabolism and obesity.

Children and teenagers consume large amounts of high fructose corn syrup in many beverages, as do many adults.  There is no question this is a major factor in the onset of obesity and diabetes in America.  There is also no question that a massive health expenses will result along with a generation that will be plagued by diabetes and heart disease at early ages. 

The American Medical Association doesn’t have the guts to make a position statement on the subject.  The FDA, little more than a gatekeeper of profits in the food and drug world, won’t act because it would cost a lot of junk food makers a lot of money. 

When high fructose corn syrup is combined with a branded flavor (a cocktail of neurostimulants that the FDA also allows), then addiction to the brand flavor is created which causes further over consumption of high fructose corn syrup.  Unfortunately, such addictions are as difficult to break or more difficult to break than addictions to alcohol and many drugs.

The more branded flavors you can eliminate from your diet the healthier you are likely to be.  Replace them with meals cooked from scratch and flavors from spices and herbs.  The more time families learn to cook together and enjoy the flavor of wholesome food the healthier they will be – for many years to come.  If you are stuck needing a convenient meal, find one free of branded flavors and high fructose corn syrup.

Referenced Studies:
  1. ^ Fructose and Leptin Resistance  Am J Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physiol  Alexandra Shapiro1, Wei Mu, Carlos A Roncal, Kit-Yan Cheng, Richard J. Johnson, and Philip J. Scarpace.

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