Strategy 22, High Fructose Corn Syrup: Lifestyle Strategies to Combat and Prevent Breast Cancer

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October 22 – Strategy 22 – Beware of High Fructose Corn Syrup

High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) began to be widely used in our food supply approximately 30 years ago. Ever since its debut, the problem of obesity has been on the rise.  HFCS is a man-made sweetener that is used in almost every convenience and pre-packaged food on the market.  New marketing strategies by the corn industry praise HFCS and mislead the public by calling it natural “corn sugar”.  By putting the word natural in front of any product, the food industry makes unhealthy products appear as if they are good for you.

At the end of the 1970’s less than 15 percent of Americans were obese. According to the centers for disease control, 35.9% of adults over 20 and 18.4 % of adolescents ages 12-19 are now obese.  This is an incredible increase in the last 40 years.  One of the major causes of obesity and the rise in type 2 Diabetes is the most evil refined grain of all, High Fructose Corn Syrup. The production of HFCS rose from 3,000 tons in 1967 to 9,227,000 tons in 2005. A study at Tufts University reported that Americans consume more calories from HFCS than from any other source. Obesity is a major contributor to developing breast cancer.

Why is HFCS so widely used?  It’s one of the cheapest sweeteners around. By using it in place of sugar, processed food companies can boost profits considerably.  Unfortunately, they are expanding our waistlines at the same rate. 

How does this happen?  HFCS somehow tricks the body so that insulin and leptin are not released.  These two hormones should be released when you’re done eating to make you feel satisfied. Of course these companies want you to consume their products in large quantities to drive profits, so by suppressing the body’s natural control mechanisms, you continue to eat even when you have exceeded your daily calorie limit.  Thus obesity is the result.  We continue to eat even though we should be full because the flavors are addicting and our appetite control hormones are being manipulated.

Here are the main reasons you should stay away from any product containing high fructose corn syrup.

  1. HFCS is not a natural product but is produced by chemical means.
  2. HFCS turns off insulin and leptin, hormones needed to feel satisfied.
  3. Mercury contamination has been found in random samples of HFCS.
  4. Most corn grown for HFCS is genetically modified and riddled with pesticides.


If you want to cut down drastically the amount of processed food you eat, don't buy anything that has high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) in it. Unfortunately, when you shop, you'll have to read all labels very carefully because HFCS is in nearly everything: jelly, juice, sodas, whole-grain breads, cereals, ketchup, crackers, yogurt, sweet pickles, applesauce, salad dressing, ice cream, cough syrup and lots

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Judy Fitzgerald November 02, 2012 at 03:38 PM
Dear Still Hope...obviously I must agree to disagree. The issue is really misrepresentation of HFCS as "not sugar". It's hidden in many foods to improve the taste. If you read my blog on Sugar...you will see that I also said white sugar was unhealthy. I agree that self-control is the issue here but advertising is also liable. The addition of this "cheaper sugar" to products has made it more readily available. I had bi-lateral breast cancer so I am erring on the side of caution and conservatism. I hope you will respect my opinion as I do yours. This blog was never meant to be gospel...it is my opinion and meant to provide helpful information about what I've learned in the past years since my diagnosis. Good luck to you.
Lori Farrell November 02, 2012 at 04:31 PM
I just decided to do a very quick Bing search on this subject. Here are the results from a few online sources I more or less trust. I say more or less because I am pretty careful even with sites I depend on for valid information. I wrote more about that further into this post so please read this in the entirety. I have to admit what I found was exactly mirroring all the views on this topic in these comment sections. As in this Wikipedia article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Health_effects_of_high_fructose_corn_syrup So the jist of it is that there havent been enough studies down to confirm or refute the health risks. It is up to me, or you, as a consumer to decide. I for one, after researching more, am convinced-HFCS is unhealthy,That is what my instinct and wisdom tell me.The proponents that be definitely do not have any vested interest in furthering any medical studies, why would they? they are using HFCS because it saves them loads and loads of money. your source is very suspect-read this- http://summertomato.com/study-exonerating-saturated-fat-tainted-by-industry-funding/ and if you want to know more about the tactics and subterfuge that people will go to when there is big money involved- read this- http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-mark-hyman/high-fructose-corn-syrup-dangers_b_861913.html "If you can't convince them, confuse them." --Harry Truman
Still Hope November 02, 2012 at 04:34 PM
Fair enough. Keep up the good work.
Still Hope November 02, 2012 at 08:34 PM
Just an FYI. Australia's obese population is almost identical with the US. Australia does not have corn subsidiaries, therefore HFCS is close to nonexistent in their foods. So, one would attribute the rise in obesity and diabetis in Australia to regular sugar. The funny thing is, the consumption of ALL sugars and sweeteners in Australia has been in significant decline over the last couple decades, yet people keep getting fatter. Cut the sugar and gain weight? What the heck? http://www.mdpi.com/2072-6643/3/4/491/pdf
Judy Fitzgerald November 02, 2012 at 10:04 PM
Very timely interview on CBS news by Sanjay Gupta..long video but worth watching. Addresses both sugar and HFCS. http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7403942n


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