As you probably know, the national obesity rate recently jumped to 33%, and the national overweight rate skyrocketed to 66%. The universe must be playing a big cosmic joke on us because we’re eating less fat but getting fatter! Can it possibly be a coincidence that the introduction of HFCS into our food supply in 1978 parallels the dramatic increase in obesity and overweight in our country?
Unfortunately for you, the bulk of scientific research attention is still focused on dietary fat and cholesterol, very little is on sugar/sucrose, and even less is on HFCS. That said, the destructive role that excessive amounts of fructose plays in high triglyceride production is slowly coming to light.
As it turns out, for example, it’s much more likely that cardiac patients will have high triglycerides than high total cholesterol, and something called the “athrogenic profile” could become the single best predictor of heart disease risk. This profile is comprised of just two factors: high triglycerides and low HDL (the healthy cholesterol). "Athrogenic" is a new term that refers to conditions that result in plaque build-up in the blood vessels.
Then there’s metabolic syndrome, which is defined by the presence of five indicators: 1) high blood pressure, 2) high blood sugar, 3) too much fat around the waist, 4) low HDL (the healthy cholesterol), and 5) high tryglicerides. Did you notice that high total cholesterol or high LDL cholesterol isn’t on this list, but high triglycerides are? In addition to heart disease, metabolic syndrome puts you at risk for diabetes, stroke, and probably Alzheimer’s.
HFCS poses a potent triple threat because the glucose in it contributes to high blood sugar, the fructose in it contributes to high triglycerides, and both glucose and fructose contribute to fat around the waist.
It will take another 20 years or so for nutritional guidelines from our government to change and for the message about the toxic effects of HFCS to become more mainstream. In the meantime, think and act for yourself and consider just saying no to HFCS. It's the easiest, healthiest detox program in the world! While you’re at it, think about getting rid of sugar, too, which is no better for you.