What you eat affects how you think. Studies at UCLA, reported in the Journal of Physiology, reported that a steady diet of high-fructose corn syrup disrupted the ability of lab rats to think clearly and to recall how to run a learned maze route. Some of the rats also developed signs of insulin resistance; insulin is a hormone that controls blood sugar and regulates brain function. (According to the US Department of Agriculture, the average American consumes more than 40 pounds of high-fructose corn syrup per year, it being found commonly in soda, applesauce, baby food, condiments, and other processed snacks.) Researchers reported that the study “shows that a high-fructose diet harms the brain as well as the body. This is something new." (http://newsroom.ucla.edu/portal/ucla/this-is-your-brain-on-sugar-ucla-233992.aspx

High fructose corn syrup contains about 5% more fructose (than sugar). HFCS does not stimulate insulin production but goes directly to the liver, which releases enzymes that trigger fat storage. HFCS may promote overeating, elevate triglyceride levels, slow fat burning, and weight gain. (Cohen, Mark Francis. What’s Worse Than Sugar? AARP Bulletin, April 2004, pp 18-19)

New research from Princeton has shown that rats fed high fructose corn syrup had dramatic weight gains (as opposed to those ingesting water-sugar mixtures). There was a concentration of this weight gain in the abdomen along with a rise in triglyceride levels. In humans, these same characteristics are known to increase one's risk factors for high blood pressure, coronary artery disease, cancer and diabetes. This advocates for "reading labels." Common foods that contain high fructose corn syrup include breads, mayonnaise, ketchup, fruit juice, soda, cereal, yogurt, and other “packaged” or “convenience” foods. (Anderson, Sylvia, Insider Health Editor. New Study: High Fructose Corn Syrup Prompts Considerably More Weight Gain. 2010.)

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