Once you start really looking for it, it hits you.
High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is EVERYWHERE.
It’s hidden in plain sight in everything from applesauce to cold cuts.
And if you’re wondering just how much of it is in the foods you eat I challenge you to check some labels.
Take a look at a bottle of your favorite salad dressing or can of your go-to soup, for example. Chances are it’s in there. It’s likely lurking in your bread and coffee creamer too.
And of course, sodas, fruit punches, sweetened teas, and sports drinks are loaded with the stuff.
Fructose drives up disease risks
Now I’m sure you already know eating a lot of HFCS is a health disaster.
You see, your body processes glucose and fructose differently. And it simply wasn’t designed to handle such a large amount of fructose.
Your cells are able to easily transport and use glucose for fuel. But with HFCS your liver has to get involved. It has to CONVERT fructose to fat or glycogen before it can be used for energy.
Which is why when you eat too much of this highly-refined sweetener (which is EASY to do) it’s linked to abnormal increases in body fat.
Plus, it’s been shown to cause us to pack on more pounds than regular old table sugar.
HFCS and colon cancer could be linked
But perhaps most disturbing of all is the association between high fructose corn syrup and cancer.
The sweetener triggers inflammation and insulin spikes, both of which can fuel tumors. And several long-term studies have hinted at a potential link between HFCS and cancer.
But now a brand new study is confirming the connection. And what the researchers uncovered is downright terrifying.
If you didn’t heed my warning earlier this week to swear of sodas, THIS might finally convince you.
Is HFCS fueling colon cancer tumors?
It turns out drinking just one can of soda a day could be all it takes to trigger the growth of colon tumors.
When mice, which were predisposed to colon cancer, were given the equivalent of a single, high-fructose sweetened soft drink a day, it caused large colon cancer tumors to develop.
According to the researchers the high fructose corn syrup fueled the growth of the tumors by targeting colorectal polyps.
We, of course, don’t know exactly what would happen to humans in the same position yet. More studies are needed.
But past research has already hinted at the connection between HFCS and cancer. And there’s every reason to believe something similar could be happening in humans who are predisposed to polyps.
Eating a lot of high-fructose-corn-syrup laced foods could be feeding countless cases of hidden cancer.
Up to 50% develop pre-cancerous polyps
In other words, while HFCS is bad for ALL of us, folks who are prone to polyps or who have colon cancer should swear off all sugary drinks and read labels carefully.
But if you aren’t prone to polyps don’t make the mistake of thinking you’re off the hook. Colorectal polyps do tend to run in families. However, many folks are unaware they’re at a higher risk for them.
Plus, polyps are relatively common. In fact, experts say they occur in 30 to 50 percent of adults. Which means the safest path is to just cut HFCS out of your diet. And that’s regardless of your polyp risk.
I hope in this case I’m just preaching to the choir. But if not, there’s no better time than now to commit to a change. Try cutting soda and any other high fructose corn syrup sweetened foods from your diet.
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