Here’s a thought. If cancer was a wild fire, would you add more fuel to it so it would never go out? How about if it was a vicious plant (think Little Shop of Horrors), would you consistently water it so it would flourish? Probably not. Well remember that time I talked about high-fructose corn syrup being bad? Well guess what, it still is. In case my first post didn’t stick, here’s some more insight. Besides from containing Mercury, a carcinogen, its shown that CANCER CELLS FEED ON high-fructose corn syrup after it metabolizes through the liver.
You may say so what, isn’t sugar (glucose) just as bad? NO. Although sugar is not good for our health either, our bodies metabolize glucose (sugar) and fructose (HFC) differently. It has been shown that tumor cells use FRUCTOSE for cell division and to speed up tumor growth over that of glucose.
“This cancer-feeding fructose is what the majority of Americans are consuming on a daily basis, to the point where high-fructose corn syrup is their number one source of calories,” explains this article from Green Med. This is effective our children too. Kids are consuming sugar in excess through juice boxes, candy, and even ‘healthy’ sports beverages. Extreme huh? Well we consume 150 grams of sugar each day; whereas, many experts believe that the number should be around 15 grams per day or lower to prevent cancer.
Although we don’t think we are literally opening cancers mouth and feeding it, we are. As cancer rates in this country are on the rise it is crucial we make the dietary changes necessary to stop it before its too late. It drives me crazy to see people ingesting these things left and right with no awareness to what it is doing to them. Again, natural sweeteners like Stevia or honey are GREAT substitutes with low calories that are shown to PREVENT diseases.
Over the weekend I couldn’t help but notice tons of people slurping down a delicious (so we think), thirst quenching (not!), icy soda. Whether its Coke or Pepsi, Sprite or 7-up, or even a good ole Dr. Pepper – it seems us Americans can’t get enough of this stuff. Now we all know soda has sugar. (What about diet soda you ask? Don’t worry! Thats equally if not more poisonous, but let’s save that for a whole other post!) But what about all this high fructose corn syrup talk? What is that stuff anyway? It does have the word corn in it, so it couldn’t be THAT bad. Unfortunately this little demon, high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), is just as bad if not WORSE than sugar.
Let’s start with a basic definition of HFCS: corn syrup to which enzymes have been added to change some of the glucose to fructose, making it sweeter than regular corn syrup. In America, HFCS is among the sweeteners that have primarily replaced table sugar in the food industry. So what? A syrup sweeter than sugar, sounds amazing huh!? If you want cancer, heart disease, and obesity, than drink up everyone, cause that is the only thing HFCS is doing to your body. Why you ask? Well let me tell you…
Our digestive system is not familiar with high amounts of isolated fructose such as HFCS. Our bodies are NOT designed to break down the levels of fructose that we are intaking. This results in it passing 100% of the fructose to our livers, which then processes all of itas FAT. Big surprise that this leads to an INCREASE in reduced liver function and an INCREASE in a risk for heart disease.
So what? I’ll just eat less to account for the extra soda in my diet. FALSE! HFCS creates even more metabolic damage because it has no effect on ghrelin, which stimulates appetite, and interferes with the brain`s leptin communication, which lets you know you`ve had enough to eat. This leads to overeating. (In fact you are better off with plain old sugar.) S0 by consuming soda and other sweet juices with HFCS I will actually eat more?! Yes indeed.
Still NOT CONVINCED YET? Perhaps liver damage and heart disease don’t hit home. Perhaps overeating is not a concern. How about cancer? A study at UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center found that pancreatic cancer cells grew faster when “fed” with fructose. They concluded that fructose would also speed the growth of other cancers as well. Instead of nourishing and feeding ourselves, we are fueling our demise, cancer cells. Then we wonder why cancer is rapidly taking over this country? The facts are right here people! Between 1970 and 1990, consumption of high-fructose corn syrup rose 1,000 percent, according to the cancer researchers.
Unfortunately HFCS is not only in soda, but is now in pretty much everything we eat. Juices, canned goods, syrups, KETCUP etc. How could this be? Because the cost is is significantly less then that of producing with sugar. So we are being cheated of our health for corporations to save a buck, the answer is yes. Where does that money go? To the excessive amount of advertising that these companies are using, distracting us from the truth and brainwashing us that these are actual beverages we should be drinking. This results in us making our own decision to poison ourselves and buy more and more. CRAZY RIGHT!
Now what? I dare you. Instead of ordering an XL soda with your meal, opt for a bottle of water. Can’t resist sugar? Avoid HFCS at all costs! Make sure to READ THE LABELS of what you are eating. You wouldn’t believe how many products have high fructose corn syrup in them that you wouldn’t expect. Search for something with a natural sweetener (stevia) or use raw honey. Stores like Trader Joe’s offer many non-HFCS products like ketchup, syrups, etc.
A little extra effort will go a long way folks!
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