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One of principal
arguments food corporations have used to defend high-fructose corn
syrup (HFCS) is that it is chemically similar to table sugar.

Manufacturers
have stated repeatedly that HFCS contains at most 55 percent fructose,
little different from white sugar’s 50 percent fructose makeup.

But as it turns
out, the specific amount of fructose in HFCS for any particular
food product has never been officially tested. And when researchers
tested brand-name sodas, they found that the fructose content is
actually 65 percent.

According to
Grist:

“Why is
this important?

It’s because
research has shown fructose to be particularly harmful to human
health. Unlike excess glucose, which passes through our digestive
tract and is excreted, 100 percent of fructose that’s consumed is
taken up by the liver. Once there, fructose causes increased fat
deposition in the abdominal cavity and increased blood levels of
triglycerides – both of which are risk factors for heart disease
and diabetes.”

Source: Grist
October 26, 2010

Dr. Mercola’s
Comments:

This is actually
pretty shocking news, and could further explain just why soda in
particular is so extremely detrimental to your health. As it turns
out, the fructose content of the high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS)
used in many popular soda brands has been sorely underestimated.

Around 100
years ago the average American consumed a mere 15 grams of fructose
a day, primarily in the form of fruit. One hundred years later,
one fourth of Americans are consuming more than 135 grams per day,
largely in the form of soda.

Fructose at
15 grams a day is harmless unless you suffer from high uric acid
levels. However, at nearly ten times that amount it becomes a major
cause of obesity and nearly all chronic degenerative disease.

Instead of
consisting of 55 percent fructose and 45 percent glucose, many of
the sodas
tested
, including Coke, Pepsi and Sprite, contained as much
as 65 percent fructose, nearly 20 percent higher than originally
believed.

Overall, the
mean fructose content of all 23 sodas tested was 59 percent — still
higher than claimed by the industry.

How this happened
is anybody’s guess at this point.

Grist
reports
:

“[T]urns
out that the actual amount of fructose in HFCS in particular
food products has never been officially disclosed, just assumed.

… Perhaps
it’s been a recent development, or perhaps HFCS producers have been
making this higher fructose concoction for decades.”

These results
also raise the question of whether or not HFCS-containing processed
foods are also far higher in health-harming fructose than previously
believed.

Soda Consumption
Drives Obesity and Chronic Disease Epidemics

When you consider
that Americans drink an average
of 53
to 57
gallons of soda per year
(depending on the source of your statistics),
this 10 percent difference in actual fructose content could make
a huge difference in your health.

Remember, high-fructose
corn syrup in the form of soda is the number one
source of calories in the United States, and it is very likely the
primary cause of the obesity epidemic.

A single can
of soda per day can add as much as 15
pounds to your weight
over the course of a single year, not
to mention increase
your risk of diabetes by 85 percent
.

Additionally,
elevated insulin levels — which soda clearly causes — also underlies
nearly every chronic disease known to man, including:

  • Cancer
  • Heart disease
  • Premature
    aging
  • Arthritis
  • Osteoporosis

From my perspective,
there is absolutely NO reason to ever drink soda.

Why Higher
Fructose Content is More Harmful to Your Health

It’s been clearly
established that fructose is far more dangerous than other forms
of sugar, mainly due to the fact that your body metabolizes fructose
differently.

When metabolizing
fructose, the entire burden falls on your liver.

This is why
fructose is a hepatotoxin – it can severely tax and overload your
liver. This metabolic pathway leads to the creation of a number
of waste products and toxins, including a large amount of uric
acid, which drives up blood pressure and causes gout
.

Most experts
now believe fructose to be the primary reason for nonalcoholic fatty
liver disease which can lead to liver failure.

Elevated uric
acid levels are also associated with heart- and kidney disease.

Interestingly,
the connection between fructose, uric acid, hypertension, insulin
resistance and kidney disease is now so clear that your uric acid
level can actually be used as a marker for fructose toxicity.

According to
the latest research in this area, the safest range of uric acid
is between 3 and 5.5 milligrams per deciliter, and there appears
to be a steady relationship between uric acid levels and blood pressure
and cardiovascular risk, even down to the range of 3 to 4 mg/dl.

If your uric
acid level is higher than that, it’s a clear indication that you
are particularly sensitive to the detrimental health impacts of
fructose.

Fructose =
Dangerous FAT, Not Carbohydrates

The specific
metabolic pathway of fructose also explains why fructose is the
leading cause of obesity.

Much of the
fructose
you eat is literally stored as fat
.

Additionally,
whereas glucose suppresses the hunger hormone ghrelin and stimulates
leptin, which suppresses your appetite, fructose has no effect
on ghrelin and interferes with your brain’s communication with leptin.

The result
is a vicious cycle of overeating, weight gain and ultimately obesity.

The bottom
line is that a
high-fructose diet is a HIGH FAT diet
— a very dangerous high-fat
diet that creates a vicious cycle of consumption that won’t shut
off, and produces very rapid, harmful changes in your body.

In one 2009
study
, 16 volunteers who consumed a controlled high-fructose
diet produced new fat cells around their heart, liver and other
digestive organs in just 10 weeks. They also showed signs of food-processing
abnormalities linked to diabetes and heart disease.

Another group
of volunteers on the same diet, but with glucose sugar replacing
fructose, did not have these problems.

These results
mirror the findings
of Dr. Richard Johnson
. His research also shows that glucose
does not impact your body the way fructose does. For example, ONLY
fructose will raise your uric acid levels.

I would encourage
those of you who remain doubtful that fructose is any worse than
any other sugar to look at Dr. Johnson’s work. His book, The
Sugar Fix
, is one of the best books on the market on the health
dangers of fructoseu2014specifically, how fructose causes high
blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, diabetes and kidney disease
.

How to Combat
Soda Addiction

Ideally, I
recommend that you avoid sugar in general, but especially HFCS in
the form of soda and other processed foods. (This is particularly
important if you are overweight or have diabetes, high cholesterol,
or high blood pressure.)

As a standard
recommendation, I strongly advise keeping your TOTAL fructose consumption
from ALL sources below 25 grams per day.

If I were to
recommend just ONE dietary step that could have a most dramatic
impact on your health, it would be to eliminate soda from your diet,
and this one step could put you well on your way to lowering your
fructose intake to a more ideal range.

However, sugar
is addictive — even more
addictive than cocaine
! Research has even shown that the mere
taste of sweet causes addictive behavior, so this is a
fact that many people must address.

So what’s a
soda addict to do?

If you find
yourself struggling with this issue, I highly recommend trying a
method called Turbo
Tapping
.

Turbo Tapping
is a clever use of the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), designed
to resolve the many aspects involved in addictive behavior in a
concentrated period of time.

The Healthiest
Drink in the World

In the end,
nothing beats pure water when it comes to hydrating your body and
maintaining optimal health.

The most economical
and environmentally sound choice you and your family can make is
to purchase
and install a water filter for your home
.

My team has
researched this issue extensively, and I’m pleased to announce that
we will soon offer a superior water filtration system for your home
called the Pure & Clear Whole House System.

Not many of
the whole house water filtration systems my team looked at even
came close to the level of certification earned by the Pure &
Clear Whole House System.

By being tested
and certified by Underwriters Laboratories (UL) to ANSI/NSF Standard
42-2003 for chemical reduction of chlorine, the manufacturer of
the Pure & Clear Whole House System delivered solid proof of
its extraordinary performance.

So, if you
really want to filter your entire house from chlorine, DBPs, and
other contaminants, this extraordinary 3-stage filtration process
is the system for you.

Alternatively,
you can look around for sources of mountain spring water, which
is about as close to ideal as you can get.

There’s a great
website called FindaSpring.com
where you can find a natural spring in your area. This is also a
great way to get back to nature and teach your children about health
and the sources of clean water. The best part is that most of these
spring water sources are free!

Definitely
avoid drinking unfiltered tap water, as chlorine and fluoride
(which are added to most municipal water supplies) are toxic chemicals
that should not be consumed in large quantities. Keep in mind also
that bottled water is not an assurance of purity. In fact,
about 40 percent of bottled
water is regular tap water
, which may or may not have received
any additional treatment.

January
4, 2011

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