Sunday, November 01, 2009

High Fructose Corn Syrup Reportedly Increases High Blood Pressure Risk (So Why Can't I Buy Mexican Coca-Colas® with Sugar in My Neighborhood?)

As the old Tom and Jerry cartoons used to say, "Don't you believe it!" And when I say "it," I'm talking about the hype from the corn industry that high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is no different than regular sugar. No matter how much propaganda this industry releases (see below for some of these ridiculous videos), I will never believe the hype. There is a difference in how the body processes these two substances at a base level and harmful effects can result when the body processes HFCS.

A recent study supports this position and says that HFCS increases the risk of high blood pressure. Since HFCS' introduction and increased usage, obesity rates have also increased. You also don't want HFCS, because it may contain mercury! From the Herald Scotland:

High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is abundant in many types of foods and beverages, including fizzy drinks, biscuits, ketchup and bread, and was originally viewed as a “healthy” method of sweetening...

Although healthy amounts of fructose exist naturally in fruit, excessive amounts of the sugar may be harmful. Studies have already shown that large quantities of fructose cause the liver to pump fats into the bloodstream that may damage arteries...

Since it was first developed in the United States in the 1970s, HFCS has widely replaced sugar as a result of the vast corn subsidies offered to farmers and the high price of sugar tariffs and quotas.

HFCS is now preferred over cane sugar among the vast majority of American food and drink manufacturers thanks to its low production costs. Coca Cola and Pepsi switched to sweetening their products with the substance in 1984, but continue to use sugar in other nations. Four main companies in the US control 85% of the HFCS market...

Dr Diana Jalal, from the University of Colorado, and colleagues wrote in their paper: “These results indicate that high fructose intake in the form of added sugars is significantly and independently associated with higher blood pressure levels in the US adult population with no previous history of hypertension.”

One of my first ventures into news research and gathering was around 1985 when I was 11 years old and when Coca-Cola abandoned its original formula for new Coke. I remember watching all the live television news reports on Nightline about this corporate decision to abandon the popular cola formula. When Coca-Cola buckled and started the Coca-Cola Classic product line, it stated the cola contained the original Coca-Cola formula. However, this may not have been true.

My Granny never liked Coca-Cola Classic® at all! She said that it tasted funny and kept drinking new Coke (or Coke II) until it was no longer available. I did not know why until I realized that Coca-Cola had replaced the sugar with high fructose corn syrup. Being a country woman, my Granny could taste the difference that my youthful self could not perceive. I did not understand what she meant until I tried a Mexican Coca-Cola that has regular syrup and no HFCS.

These Cokes are AMAZING and should be sold in America at every stop from sea to shining sea! However, non-HFCS Cokes are very hard to find unless it is around Passover or you live in a southern border zone! Actually, try finding any non-HFCS soda in your grocery store. I dare you! I used to be able to buy sugar-only, non-HFCS Coca-Colas by the case in Venice, California as late as July, 2009, but I believe these products became a casualty to the cola wars and bottling rights, because they are no longer available.

I even wrote Coca-Cola and I may decide to share Coca-Cola's response that it is not a corporate decision to use sugar or HFCS, because the local bottling companies make this decision.

coke story

Check out these propaganda videos from the Corn Refiners Association! If you ever find yourself in one of these situations, quote the report in this blog article to counter the argument that HFCS is harmless.

Source: Herald Scotland

Scribd Author: A. Reji

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