I have been weaning myself off of HFCS ever since it became one of the subjects on a message board here at SparkPeople. I never really knew too much about it until then, or didn't pay attention. When I started researching the affects on the body and how it was processed by the body when we eat it, I decided then and there it was not a healthy alternative to sugar.
Now over and above that I find out it is full of Mercury. Evidently I was slow to learn this fact also as it appears many of my SparkPeople friends already knew.
This morning I read a health newletter that has been sitting in my inbox begging for my attention for quite awhile. Apparently due to how common HFCS is in our food and beverages, the average American consumes 12 tsp. of HFCS per day. PER DAY! Kids who live on sodas and snack bars consume even more.
Isn't Mercury the neurotoxin that they found in certain fish and told us not to eat it any more (or very seldom)? And isn't Mercury the reason they told us to get to our dentists and have all our old fillings pulled out and put new ones in of a different substance? And isn't Mercury one of the main ingredients that promotes Alzheimer's?
In one study researchers found measurable amounts of mercury in nearly half of the 20 HFCS samples tested, collected from three different HFCS manufacturers. This study was followed up by similar research from the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy. The IATP team examined 55 brand name food products that listed HFCS as the first or second ingredient. Almost one-third of the products contained mercury. The first study was gathered from the FDA in 2005, while the second study examined food products purchased from grocery stores in late 2008.
Despite what the Corn Growers say, first animal studies showed HFCS consumption might contribute to insulin resistance, high blood pressure, and elevated triglyceride levels, a cluster of symptoms that put a patient at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Five years later, a study of human subjects confirmed those conclusions.
In addition, studies have linked increased body weight, fat storage, and symptoms of irritable bowl syndrome to HFCS consumption. To me, even in moderation HFCS is a scarry ingredient. At least the other bad things I do to my body I do knowingly. I think I'll skip this one.
Thanks to Health Sciences Institute of Baltimore for such timely information.