Monday, July 19, 2010

Time to Ban High Fructose Corn Syrup!

Why are Europeans healthier, slimmer, fitter-looking? Why the lower heart disease rate?

One big reason, besides more exercise, is diet. Specifically, HFCS--- high fructose corn syrup. That is correct, NO HFCS exists in the European diet!

That's right, High Fructose Corn Syrup is banned in Europe . Europe, where national health plans are cost-effective--- due in great part to disease-preventive life styles. Like no HFCS. It's illegal there. Europeans just don't become morbidly obese the way Americans do.

HFCS is genetically modified factory stuff. It's a prime cause of obesity and other related aliments, and its made on purpose--- made in the USA. Millions of acres of once-edible dinner table corn have been converted to a starchy product for HFCS production. It's a giant malnutrition industry, this ‘number 2 field corn’.

And the US government--- now tackling obesity as part of the coming national health plan--- is conflicted, to say the least. The FDA labels allow great consumer confusion, for instance. How?

Americans purchase and consume mass quantities of processed food labeled ALL NATURAL or 100% ALL NATURAL--- junk food with little nutritional value but dense calorics, containing High Fructose Corn Syrup and Monosodium Glutamate (MSG).

HFCS is backed not by nutritional value but by billions in marketing.

Even the name HFCS is misleading. The typical consumers sees the word "fructose"... fruit, fruit's healthy, right? And they see the word "natural". Natural means healthy, right? This sweet chemical stuff comes in 55-gallon drums like motor oil. No fruit or healthiness here. Just a sticky flood of empty calories.

The US government is moving, but slowly. However, a team of investigators at the USDA, headed by Dr. Meira Field, has sounded the initial alarm. 

Dr. Field says that all fructose must be metabolized in the liver. So? So--- the livers of the rats on the USDA's study of a high fructose diet looked like the livers of alcoholics, plugged with fat and cirrhotic.

Can we find the USA obesity epidemic's source here? HFCS is a major ingredient in tons of products that target children.

Due to the NAFTA treaty, Mexico's people are also now exposed to the HFCS issues. Where will it end?

Outlaw HFCS!

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