Since 1976 (when the sugar industry found it was cheaper to make sugar from corn than from beets or cane) high-fructose corn syrup has replace sucrose as a sweetener in most soft drinks, baked goods, and processed goods. Fructose can reduce the ability of white blood cells to defend against harmful foreign invaders. (Appleton, Nancy, PhD. Lick the Sugar Habit. p 56-57. NY: Avery Penguin Putnam, 1996.)

High-fructose corn syrups are often used to sweeten soft drinks, giving fructose access to human brains, including young formative brains. In 1996 the average American drank over 53 gallons of soft drinks. The average 12-oz non-diet soft drink or cola contains about 10 teaspoons of sugar. (Carper, Jean. Your Miracle Brain. p 25, 136-138. NY:HarperCollins Publishers, 2000.)

It’s important to read labels! High fructose corn syrup contains about 5% more fructose (than sugar). HFCS does not stimulate insulin production (e.g., some are concerned about potential negative effects to the brain). HFCS goes directly to the liver, which releases enzymes that trigger fat storage. HFCS may promote overeating, elevate triglyceride levels, slow fat burning, and cause weight gain. (Cohen, Mark Francis. What’s Worse Than Sugar? p 18-19. AARP Bulletin, April 2004.

While earlier research has revealed how fructose harms the body through its role in diabetes, obesity and fatty liver, this study is the first to uncover how the sweetener influences the brain. A new study showed that a high-fructose diet harms the brain as well as the body. Eating a high-fructose diet over the long term alters your brain's ability to learn and remember information. (