High Fructose Corn Syrup Makes You Stupid

July 30, 2008 | Byron J. Richards, Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist

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 High Fructose Corn Syrup Makes You Stupid
We now know the real reason so many of our kids can't finish high school. They have been fed too much high fructose corn syrup and they have become dumb. This is not a laughing matter. Coke and Pepsi are on the line for playing a significant role in wrecking the intelligence of several generations of children – as well as making them fat. Of course, birdbrains at the AMA want to give our kids statin drugs because they don't have the guts to make a policy statement against high fructose corn syrup as a major cause of obesity.

A new study analyzing rats on a high fat and high fructose corn syrup1 diet found that the hippocampus, the region of the brain needed for learning and memory, was severely impaired. Eight months on the diet impeded spatial learning ability, lowered the density of brain cells, and the function of brain synapses. The brain damage appears to be caused by a lowering of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF). I have made several recent posts on the importance of boosting BDNF to restore your brain, and here we have clear evidence that high fructose corn syrup as part of a high calorie diet is killing off brain cells like an alcoholic.

Parents need to wake up and not give their children any beverage of any kind with high fructose corn syrup. We have a young generation of dropouts and an old generation with excessive dementia headed for Alzheimer's. Coke and Pepsi, and many other smaller companies, have played a large role in the decline of intelligence in our country.

Referenced Studies

  1. ^ High Fructose Corn Syrup and Brain Damage  Hippocampus.   Stranahan AM, Norman ED, Lee K, Cutler RG, Telljohann RS, Egan JM, Mattson MP.

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