Research into high fructose corn syrup reveals frightening results

High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) has been pinpointed as a leading cause of impulsive behaviour in anyone that consumes it. This remains true for any age, and especially for kids given the fact that their diets contain a high amount of HFCS which is found in ketchup, soda, and even fruit juices.

Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology at UCSF, Dr. Robert Lustig, stated in a presentation on the matter that the biochemical negative feedback system that operates inside of human beings is usually out of whack because of the high amount of fructose that is in our diets now.

This is due to the fact that normally the system sends signals to the brain to let it know that eating is complete and the body should now burn the calories to turn them into energy. However, fructose causes weight gain by turning off the appetite control system and encouraging you to eat more.

In some cases, when fed to lab rats in high doses it was found that fructose can even be a poison. This is due to the fact that fructose is metabolised and processed mainly in the liver. The liver actually metabolises it the same way that it would alcohol, and over time too much fructose will actually lead to liver damage. In fact, it is considered equivalent in unhealthy negative side effects, but it does not affect the brain in a detectable way so people are not aware of what they are consuming.

The main reason that high fructose corn syrup is added to foods is because it often makes food taste better leading to even higher consumption levels. Due to the amount of HFCS that children regularly consume as part of their diets, the problem has been directly linked to obesity in children.

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