Two scientifically researched and published papers show the connection between consumption of high fructose corn syrup and NAFLD. One is a review published in Nature reviews and the other a research paper of a three year study. A third research group says that high fructose corn syrup should be declared an environmental toxin. A fourth paper publised by a team of nutritionists in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 2004, suggest that the obesity epidemic trend since 1970s is closely related to 1000 fold increase in use of high fructose corn syrup in sweetened beverages. This article has already been cited over 800 times by 2012. Click here to read. Why are these international research teams concerned about the rising public health concern of NAFLD?
1) The review postulates that the Western diet which includes excessive fructose may be leading to Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). Which means that liver damage from excessive consumption of alcohol is expected. However, nonalcoholics are often diagnosed with liver damage. These reviewersblame their western diet which includes beverages sweetened with high fructose corn syrup. The damage is in two steps and the second step can be prevented with antioxidants. However, the western diet does not include or is deficient in antioxidants. The combination of high fructose and lack of antioxidants may be contributing to the most frequent liver disease worldwide – NAFLD. To learn more about the toxic effects of sweeteners you may want to write to one of the authors of this review and ask for a copy of a latest february 2012 article in journal Nature entitled:
Public health: The toxic truth about sugar.
Department of Pediatrics, University of California, San Francisco, California 94143, USA. firstname.lastname@example.org
2) Another group of researchers (Liver Unit, Ziv Medical Center, Safed, Israel and other colleagues)were perplexed when faced with patients with fatty liver when they did not have the traditional risk factors such as obesity, diabetes and hyperlipidemia. So, they conducted a three year, systematic scientific research study with patients with fatty liver and healthy people (controls) with no fatty liver. They used a validated food questionnaire given by a dietician. They followed the daily intake of food and beverages and sources of added sugar. Their results?
80% of the patients with fatty liver consumed sweetened beverages compared to 20% of healthy people. They included 50grams per day of added sugar to their beverages which was considered excessive by the researchers and 40% of the patients with fatty liver consumed four of more of such beverages which were excessively sweetened. Ultrasound findings revealed mild fatty liver in 44% of the cases to severe fatty liver in 18% of the cases.
Soft drink beverage was the only independent variable able to predict a fatty liver in 82.5% of cases.
If you want to encourage more research on such topics encourage these scientists with your words or funding. Write to them at:
Their conclusion is obvious isn’t it? Change your beverage habit. Unsweeten it. If you cannot stop it yourself, just do not introduce your child to sugar or corn syrup sweetened beverages from childhood. The child will never crave a sweetened beverage and prefer plain water, like our healthier ancestors.
3) A third group of researchers say that high fructose corn syrup depletes ATP and causes uric acid to collect in human bodies. They say it is an environmental toxin. Write to this research team to learn more or if you wish to encourage them for further research on the effect of fructose on renal biology and disease.
Johnson RJ, Sanchez-Lozada LG, Nakagawa T.
Division of Renal Diseases and Hypertension, University of Colorado, Aurora, Colorado 80045, USA.
Question for our readers: What is used to sweeten beverages today? High fructose corn syrup. Is it better than sugar? If yes, why?
To our readers: If you know of a single healthy benefit of high fructose corn syrup, please share it with our readers.
If you are aware of any human health features improved by substituting sugar used for centuries with high fructose corn syrup introduced in recent decades, please share with our readers.
If you cannot stop yourself from having sweetened beverages, just do not introduce your child to sugar or corn syrup sweetened beverages from childhood. Children develop taste buds as infants. The child will probably never crave a sweetened beverage and prefer plain water, like our healthier ancestors. You may want to write to the pediatricians and scientists listed above and ask why they are concerned of this rising public health threat. The more informed you are, the better you can serve your community and prevent it from facing cripling medical expenses in the near future.
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