I've about had it with the new advertisements touting how "corn syrup has the same nutritional value as sugar." Um, that would be NOTHING. Do these companies think we're STUPID? Don't they realize with the internet we have a world of information at our fingertips? I think it's going to backfire on them. The ad will make people wonder just what the nutritional value is of both items and find out how destructive corn syrup really is.
I've become something of a health nut (and it's all Kristin's fault. She created a monster.) New studies are showing that corn syrup is very destructive to your body. It's not the empty calories--it's that high fructose corn syrup contains a good deal of "free" or unbound fructose. Research shows it interferes with the heart’s use of minerals like magnesium, copper and chromium. It causes fatty liver disease, increases the chances of metabolic syndrome, can increase your chances of getting gout. Gosh the list goes on and on. And it's in EVERYTHING. I dare you. Go to your cupboard and check things like chili beans. Most have corn syrup. It's in fruit juices we give our kids and all kinds of things we think of as healthy.
Cut it out! Start checking what you put in your mouth.
From my favorite health magazine, Life Extension Magazine: (Dec. 2008) - Metabolic Danger of High-Fructose Corn Syrup:
. . . . Fructose, on the other hand, is more rapidly metabolized in the liver, flooding metabolic pathways and leading to increased triglyceride synthesis and fat storage in the liver. this can cause a rise in serum triglycerides, promoting an athegrogenic lipid profile and elevating cardiovascular risk. Increased fat storage in the liver may lead to an increased incidence in non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, and this is one of several links between HFCS consumption and obesity as well as the metabolic syndrome. (7)
Scientists have therefore come to realize that all sugars are not created equal, which has been borne out in a number of studies. In one study, investigators looked at whether reduction in insulin sensitivity was caused by glucose or fructose components of the diet. They took two groups of young healthy men and fed one group a high-glucose diet, while the other received a diet high in fructose. At the end of one week, high-fructose feeding was accompanied by a significant reduction in insulin sensitivity and insulin binding, whereas no significant changes were seen in the high-glucose group. (23)
Do you have a deceptive ad that's a pet peeve of yours?
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