Archive for the ‘High Fructose Corn Syrup’ Category

Three Industries Attacking Our Health

Sunday, March 11th, 2012

You would think that as the richest country in the world and with the most expensive health care system anywhere in the world you would think we would be healthy. But two-thirds of our U.S. population is overweight, and many of them obese that we need to take all kinds of drugs to get through the day.

Women in 48 other countries and men in 44 other countries live longer than we do.


Fast and highly processed foods are the number one culprit.

The TV industry with remotes so we can keep from exercising is number two.

And number three is the pharmaceutical companies. Their drugs do not kill us too quickly so we can continue to get the prescriptions refilled. In most cases good nutritious food could replace these drugs with no side effects. Did you ever watch a TV add for some new drug “Be careful, it may kill you” is the most frequent warning. Or “Don’t take this drug if . . .”

Why do they do this?

Money, greed, lack of concern for  a healthy America.

One fast food chain boasts that they give money to help fight breast cancer – the cancer they cause with their food.

These companies start out with real food and they they process it – heating, bleaching, drying, evaporating, etc., until it’s not food any more. Then they add color, preservatives, artificial flavors, enhance the appearance and modify the texture. They use over a billion pounds of chemicals to processed food to make what looks like food. And these chemicals are addictive. Yes as the ad says “sugar is sugar” but high fructose corn syrup is not plain sugar – it is dangerous to your health.

If we start out with whole, organic foods we wouldn’t need all the medicines and would feel more like exercising to stay healthy.

How is your health?

High Fructose Corn Syrup

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

Did you know that most of our corn grown in the United States is unfit to eat. A large portion is turned into high fructose corn syrup. And all of the nutrition is taken out of this syrup. It just makes things taste sweeter at the expense of the person taking it.

Also a large portion of corn produced in the U.S. is fed to livestock. Cows were not meant to eat corn and if not slaughtered when they were would die of corn induced disease. Then we put antibiotics in with the corn to help keep the cows from getting too sick.

Now the ads come out saying corn is corn – a very underhanded way to say high fructose corn syrup is good for us. Corn on the cob is good. Corn for corn syrup and animal livestock is harmful to our system.

Check the facts and forget about the false advertising.

As Americans we can eat healthier but we have to stop eating junk food – which tastes good.

Organic Produce

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

Organic produce has no synthetic additives that are linked to heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, osteoporosis, ADHD, and Alzheimer’s.

It also has no residue from the more than 500 chemicals they use in pesticides. And crops are not made with genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

And don’t forget about high fructose corn syrup. Sugar is sugar from cane and corn – but the process for making high fructose corn sugar is the poison in the pill.

High Fructose Corn Syrup

Sunday, April 17th, 2011

In light of recent ads on TV I want to point out to you an article from December 2008. The food industry and the FDA are not really concerned about our health as much as they are concerned about making a huge financial profit. You can read the complete article at:

I have left the footnotes in the article but you’ll need to read the complete article to see what they reference.

Metabolic Danger of High-Fructose Corn Syrup

By Dana Flavin, MS, MD, PHD

Americans are being poisoned by a common additive present in a wide array of processed foods like soft drinks and salad dressings, commercially made cakes and cookies, and breakfast cereals and brand-name breads.

This commonplace additive silently increases our risk of obesity, diabetes, hypertension, and atherosclerosis.

The name of this toxic additive is high-fructose corn syrup. It is so ubiquitous in processed foods and so over-consumed by the average American that many experts believe our nation faces the prospect of an epidemic of metabolic disease in the future, related in significant degree to excess consumption of high-fructose corn syrup.

The food industry has long known that “a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down in the most delightful way.” And cane sugar had been America’s most delightful sweetener of choice, that is, until the 1970s, when the much less expensive corn-derived sweeteners like maltodextrin and high-fructose corn syrup were developed. While regular table sugar (sucrose) is 50% fructose and 50% glucose, high-fructose corn syrup can contain up to 80% fructose and 20% glucose, almost twice the fructose of common table sugar. Both table sugar and high-fructose sweetener contain four calories per gram, so calories alone are not the key problem with high-fructose corn syrup. Rather, metabolism of excess amounts of fructose is the major concern.

The alarming rise in diseases1,2 related to poor lifestyle habits has been mirrored by an equally dramatic increase in fructose consumption, particularly in the form of the corn-derived sweetener, high-fructose corn syrup.3-12 In this article, we’ll examine the evidence for these associations, and we’ll attempt to determine if high-fructose corn syrup is a benign food additive, as the sweetener industry has lobbied us (and the FDA) to believe, or a dangerously overlooked threat to public health.

Harvard Study

Friday, June 12th, 2009

A recent Harvard study reported that women who drank one or more fructose-sweetened soft drinks per day were 83 percent more like to develop type-2 diabetes than women who drank less than one a month. Correspondingly they also gained more weight.

Corn! Corn! Corn!

Sunday, May 10th, 2009

It’s everywhere! What are you eating?

Despite the great variety of “foods” in the supermarket, it all comes back to corn.

Corn is the feed the steer eats that becomes the steak. Corn feeds the chicken and the pig, the turkey and the lamb, the catfish and the tilapia. And today it even feeds the salmon, a carnivore by nature that fish farmers are reengineering to tolerate corn. The cows that once grazed on grass are now fed corn. (1)

Now these salmon which once fed in the open waters are farm-raised on corn. The danger comes from the corn that does not contain omega-3 but rather omega-6. So when you buy farm raised salmon you are getting more omega-6. To get salmon for omega-3 you must buy wild salmon. The problem arises when we should be eating a ratio of one part omega-3 to 2 or 3 parts omega-6, we’re actually getting one part omega-3 to 17 to 25 parts omega-6. Omega-3 lowers inflammation. Omega-6 raises inflammation. Inflammation in the arteries helps create plaque and the possibilities of stroke and heart disease. Omega-3 reduces inflammation and lowers cholesterol.

Look at the chicken nugget—corn and more corn. The chicken is fed corn and most of the other ingredients include corn—modified corn starch, corn flour in the batter and corn oil for frying. To wash down your chicken nuggets with almost any soft drink you get more corn. Since the 1980s almost all soft drinks are sweetened by high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS). And the beer you may substitute still contains corn in the form of alcohol fermented from glucose refined from corn.

(1)    Pollan, Michael, The Omnivores Dilemma, Penguin Books, 2006, p. 18

Raising Healthy Children

Monday, May 4th, 2009

One good move today is taking place as some schools are taking soda/pop machines out of the schools. The cola companies promised to give a percentage of the dollars spent back to the schools. But at what cost? The corn syrup industry likes it. The dentists get plenty of business filling teeth. But the student suffers. For one thing it raises the omega-6 level in the body which is already out of balance for a healthy life.

The most important thing we can do for our children is to provide them with good, natural fresh foods and clean water. Instead of the candy bar eat a piece of fresh fruit. To my understanding, most tastes are acquired. If you give a child wholesome, nutritious food they will look for that when they snack. I suggest organic foods wherever possible. They may cost a little more up front but then you don’t have as many illnesses and doctor’s bills.

There are also several supplements you actually need.

First we don’t get enough omega-3—the anti-inflammatory “medicine”. The ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 should be one-to-two. Studies today say it is more like 1-to-17 or 25. (Much of this comes from high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) in our diets. Omega-3 is also very important for making healthy cells in every part of our bodies. They are also essential for prenatal and childhood brain development.

Probiotics (acidophilus/bifidus) are the healthy bacteria that needs to be in our digestive system. When we take an anti-biotic, the good bacteria gets killed along with the bad and it needs help to be restored to the proper level.

A multi vitamin for children then helps to fill the gays that usually happens in every diet. Keep extra vitamin C on hand for use when a cold is coming on.

As the child gets older vitamin D is a necessity for those of us living in northern climates where we don’t get enough sun to manufacture the vitamin D our system needs. Milk is often fortified with vitamin D.

Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is the energy running every cell in the body. The heart works harder than any other muscle in the body. To keep it healthy we need a balance to keep our energy up.

Just a reminder! When you buy food supplements buy QUALITY. The cheapest is probably the most expensive in the long run. A recent study showed that one-third of the supplements tested didn’t provide what was stated on the label. A poor supplement will just pass through the body without any benefit at all. Some children’s vitamins were too potent for the age listed on the label. It is important to buy a good quality supplement.

You only have one body. Take care of it.

Obesity and High Fructose Corn Syrup

Monday, April 13th, 2009

The average American now consumes 145 pounds of high fructose corn syrup per year. New research proves how high fructose corn syrup bypasses the normal energy balance in your body.

When scientists want to make rats diabetic so they can study them they feed them high fructose corn syrup.

Look at the number of obese people in our nation.

How long will be Americans sit idly by and  just become obese and diabetic?

Read more about this in Byron Richards Wellness Resources Newsletter.