High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is an obvious bane in the war on obesity as there is a striking correlation between the rise in obesity rates and HFCS consumption over the past couple of decades.
Only someone with some skin in the game would write this off as merely coincidental:
This could be why the powers at be within the corn milling industry are investing hundreds of millions of dollars producing propaganda to convince the populace that HFCS is completely natural and no more physiologically damaging than cane sugar.
This video is a prime example:
HFCS is not the same as cane sugar and it doesn’t have the same physiological result.
It is chemically derived by a process that isolates specific molecular components of corn, with the end result being anything but natural, and more akin to the process that produces cocaine than that which produces cane sugar.
Incidentally, the results of a study conducted to test the addictiveness of HFCS were presented several months back.
And the conclusion of the researchers was that HFCS leads to addictive behaviors on par with those observed among cocaine addicts.
“In the experiments, rats were fed diets containing different levels of HFCS. They were then taught to press a lever which controlled how much syrup they received. The researchers found that rats responded to diets containing large amounts of HFCS in the same way that cocaine addicts respond when addicted to the drug. The more concentrated the syrup, the harder the rats worked at pressing the lever to obtain the taste enhanced food.
According to the researchers, the findings of their study suggest that foods with high levels of HFCS have the same addictive properties as cocaine.” 1
I am hard pressed to believe that food manufacturers have remained conveniently ignorant of this fact for more than 3 decades as HFCS has been integrated into the vast majority of processed foods in any supermarket today.
Having millions of consumers addicted to your food is about as lucrative as…
Well, being a cocaine dealer with millions of customers unknowingly addicted to your wares and no threat of legal consequences.
This particular study doesn’t stand alone, either. The findings of another study were released that disseminated similar results with rats actually choosing to consume HFCS-laden Oreo cookies over morphine.
“For their study, the students gave Oreos to hungry rats on one side of a maze, and on the other side of the maze they gave them a ‘control’ food, in this case, rice cakes (Prof. Schroeder comments that like humans, rats do not seem to relish rice cakes very much).
Then they gave the rats the option to go to either side of the maze (without the food present), and measured how long they spent on the side where they were typically fed with Oreos compared with the side they were fed with rice cakes.
The researchers then repeated the experiment with another group of rats. This time, instead of feeding them Oreos and rice cakes, they injected them with addictive drugs – such as cocaine and morphine – when they were on one side of the maze, or saline, when they were on the other side. (Prof. Schroeder is licensed to carry out this kind of experiment).
The results showed that the rats ‘addicted’ to Oreos spent as much time on the side where they had been conditioned with Oreos as the rats that had been conditioned with addictive drugs spent on the drugs side of their maze.” 2
HFCS is addictive, it causes unparalleled blood sugar spikes, wreaks havoc on insulin levels, has been instrumental in the rise in obesity and diabetes around the world, and our food supply is wrought with it.
That’s the bad news.
The good news is that by sticking to a diet of natural, whole foods we can avoid the consumption of HFCS and a number of other ingredients that are known to be detrimental to our health.
If you fear that you may be addicted to HFCS-containing foods (and you probably are), it’s time to start being intentional about scaling back your consumption by replacing the processed foods in your diet with fruits, veggies, healthy fats, wild caught fish, free range poultry and eggs, and grass fed beef.
And make the transition easy on yourself by allowing yourself to eat as much of these foods as you want. This will guarantee that you’re never hungry and you’ll still experience an increase in health and likely losses in body fat – while eating to your satisfaction on the most wholesome, nutritious foods on God’s green earth.
The giant food conglomerates are betting against you and banking on you fiending for their products as a cocaine junkie fiends for another hit.
You really only have two choices in the matter:
Become a statistic in the seemingly unrelenting decline in our society’s health or end your addiction to HFCS and take back the control over your physical destiny.
With that, I’d like to leave you with the sage words of Master Yoda: “Mind what you have learned. Save you it can.”
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