High-Fructose Hell

I’ve ranted about High-Fructose Corn Syrup for something like twenty years now, after I went through a grocery store and found all the fruit juice was 60% or more sugar-water, and HFCS was showing up in my MEAT PRODUCTS.

Well, the heavy research is in.  The shit’s not only as bad for you as I thought it was… it’s worse.  MUCH worse.

Researchers observed a hyperactivity of hepatic protein tyrosine phosphatase 1B (PTP1B), which is associated with defective insulin and leptin signaling, in fructose-fed rats.

Now, that’s not a human study…. but this was.

A dietary history and paired serum and liver tissue were obtained from patients with evidence of biopsy-proven NAFLD (n=49) without cirrhosis and controls (n=24) matched for gender, age (+/-5 years), and body mass index (+/-3 points). RESULTS: Consumption of fructose in patients with NAFLD was nearly 2- to 3-fold higher than controls [365 kcal vs 170 kcal (p<0.05)].

NAFLD.  Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease.  Cripes.  If I want liver disease, I want to get it from beer and vodka, not from some syrup additive that’s all over the food industry, from baby food to sausage.  I’m a man, not a moth, dammit.

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  1. Roger

     /  May 2, 2010

    I too am a HFCS hater… this only makes it more tangible. Hope they take down aspartame too…

    I’m not a luddite – I just want to know the true risks.

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  2. I’m not a health nut — I just like to eat FOOD.

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  3. Andrew Reyna

     /  May 3, 2010

    Seriously, as soon as someone see’s that you eat organic food they think you’re a health hippy who wears nothing but Toms and enjoys flaunting their learned progressiveness.

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  4. Russ

     /  May 7, 2010

    Remind me later, Andrew, if you want, to go into that Progressive thing over coffee and/or a beer with you.

    Reply

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