Ban the Use of High Fructose Corn Syrup
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Thank you! You have made a choice to read some of this petition. You don't have to sign it. Just know that we live in the fattest nation on the planet. And doing nothing is like feeding all the kids a big fat white swirled chocolate cupcake down the hatch! 2 out of 3 Americans are at least overweight. Help this cause, because it may seem small but the details and the baby steps needed are the most important! Please help our nation and especially the children. Because they can't do anything about what their parents buy at the store. They are also helpless to the food provided by the schools and the vending machines there. Our taxes and our health care will be lower in the long run. Our life expectancy, longer, too. Health is wealth.
THIS IS FACT: 70% of children ages 5-17 are overweight in America and 17% are obese. 34% of adults are obese and 67% of our total population are at least overweight.
So you are not sure High Fructose Corn Syrup is safe, and like the commercials, you think it's safe in small quantities? And with mercury and pancreatic cancer in the picture now, sure, exposure to anything toxic in small numbers is going to be considered relatively safe, RIGHT?? Do the research or just read below.
You should know that the "Sweet Surprise" campaign from the Corn Refiners Association is more than a complete lie. They are big business. No kidding, HFCS is in more food products than you would believe. They only say these things because HFCS is legal and considered natural because no one has stood up to them and said otherwise. It isn't natural, it's processed. And it isn't like sugar because sugar is a single compound ingredient and HFCS is a multiple compound ingredient making it very difficult to the body to understand and digest.
By the way, university experiments (Princeton) on the effects of HFCS has resulted in obesity, organ failure and fatality in rats.
What about anyone allergic to corn? Just imagine how they live their lives. I went to have breakfast at Denny's and they have HFCS in 90% of the food they serve! The syrup on your pancakes aren't from trees either! That toast (bread), has HFCS in it. And the pies, frozen french fries they cook, the ketchup and dressings for your salad... yes, even when you go out to eat! There is HFCS lurking. And none of the food I listed is even corn. Ask for nutrition and allergy information or research the restaurant's webpage before you go out.
How can anyone consume something 'in moderation' when it is unregulated and in everything imaginable? You have to read every single label, just as if you had an allergy, but you don't. You just want to be able to manage your health and weight, and your family members', just by going by the food groups, but it is a challenge.
Bread really shouldn't have HFCS in it, but most brands do. Canned or packaged fruit and vegetables do, too. Sweetened applesauce, like Mott's, does. NutriGrain bars do. Special K cereal and pretty much all Kellogg's products do, even Special K. Smucker's jellies have it. Jell-o gelatin cups contain HFCS, too. Nabisco pride their products, even Ritz crackers and Oreos, but they haven't mentioned HFCS. Del Monte canned tomatoes. Chef Boyardee products. Campbell's tomato soup. The Texas brand Mrs. Baird's bread have it, and that bread is considered premium here in Texas. What happened? They stopped caring about all of us Americans (they probably use words like consumer, instead of people or customers) and they started focusing on themselves.
Longer shelf life + cheaper ingredients + plastic wrapper = less shrink, max profit for the big guys, and it costs the health of our Americans.
Europe countries like UK don't have this problem because they do not authorize the use of this ingredient. It is banned in the UK by a production quota. It's called glucose-fructose syrup if you want to research it.
HFCS is sweeter and is far more addicting than sugar. I have noticed that since I have excluded it in everything I eat, I don't binge or have cravings. I eat when it's time to eat. Not before, not after. It is a major difference.
I truly feel we Americans deserve better than artificial sweeteners and fillers in our food! Who cares if it has a 3-5 year shelf life? I want a 100 year shelf life for us and our families :) Let's finally do something about this unrestricted ingredient once and for all.
The following info via Facebook Ban HFCS.
High Fructose Corn Syrup: Why the World's Most Popular Sweetener is Enemy #1 to Your Health and Waistline
Prior to 1966, high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) was virtually non-existent in Americans' diets. When it came to sweeteners, the number one version on the market was sucrose, or table sugar. But that all changed after the invention of high-fructose corn syrup.
Made from corn starch through a complicated process, HFCS emerged as a cheaper, significantly sweeter, easy to transport and easy to use (especially in beverages, since it's a liquid) alternative to sugar.
Even supposedly "healthy" bottled teas and sports drinks are usually sweetened with high-fructose corn syrup.
Today, sweeteners made from corn are the most widely used -- they account for 55 percent of the sweetener market and bring in $4.5 billion in sales each year. And consumption continues to grow. In 2001, the average American consumed almost 63 pounds of HFCS (up from zero in 1966).
In fact, between 1970 and 1990, Americans' intake of HFCS increased more than 10,000 percent - -which is far greater than changes in intake for any other food, according to an article in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
High-Fructose Corn Syrup is Everywhere!!
Soft drinks, fruit juices and other sweet beverages (including sports and energy drinks) are almost always sweetened with HFCS. In fact, HFCS is the only caloric sweetener used in soft drinks.
But, this versatile sweetener doesn't stop there. It's also in countless other products -- many that you wouldn't expect unless you read the label. These include baked goods, cookies, jams and jellies, ketchup, pasta sauce, salad dressing, bread, condiments and many others.
Why HFCS May be Worse for You Than Sugar
High-fructose corn syrup is not the same as the corn syrup you buy to make pies. Whereas regular corn syrup is all glucose, HFCS is composed of half glucose and half fructose.
Says George A. Bray, former director of Louisiana State University's Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, "Fructose is absorbed differently [than other sugars]. It doesn't register in the body metabolically the same way that glucose does."
When glucose is consumed, a set of reactions occur in the body allowing it to be used as energy, and production of leptin, a hormone that helps control appetite and fat storage, is increased. Meanwhile, ghrelin, a stomach hormone, is reduced, which is thought to help hunger go away.
Many experts agree high-fructose corn syrup, particularly in soft drinks, is at least partly responsible for America's obesity epidemic.
When fructose is consumed, however, it "appears to behave more like fat with respect to the hormones involved in body weight regulation," explains Peter Havel, associate professor of nutrition at the University of California, Davis. "Fructose doesn't stimulate insulin secretion. It doesn't increase leptin production or suppress production of ghrelin. That suggests that consuming a lot of fructose, like consuming too much fat, could contribute to weight gain."
Drink a Lot of Sweet Drinks? Your Weight May be at Risk
According to an analysis of food consumption patterns from 1967 to 2000 by Bray and colleagues, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Bray said, "In examining this data, the importance of the rising intake of high-fructose corn syrup was obvious. It did not exist before 1970. From that point, there was a rapid rise in this country in its use during the late 1970s and 1980s coincidental with the epidemic of obesity." He goes on:
"Unlike glucose, fructose does not stimulate insulin secretion or enhance leptin production. Because insulin and leptin act as key afferent signals in the regulation of food intake and body weight, this suggests that dietary fructose may contribute to increased energy intake and weight gain. Furthermore, calorically sweetened beverages may enhance caloric overconsumption. Thus, the increase in consumption of HFCS has a temporal relation to the epidemic of obesity, and the overconsumption of HFCS in calorically sweetened beverages may play a role in the epidemic of obesity."
Another study, this one by researchers at the Children's Hospital Boston, found that every additional 8-ounce soft drink in a day increased school kids' risks of being obese by 60 percent.
More Than Just Weight Gain
Along with helping Americans pack on more pounds, HFCS has been linked to other health problems, including:
Increased levels of triglycerides, which is linked to an increased risk of heart disease. A study by the University of Minnesota found that fructose "produced significantly higher [blood] levels" of triglycerides in men than did glucose.
A review of multiple studies by Havel and colleagues, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, found that, in animals, consuming large amounts of HFCS:
o Induced insulin resistance
o Impaired glucose tolerance
o Produced high levels of insulin
o Boosted a dangerous fat in the blood
o Caused high blood pressure
If You Want to Give Up HFCS ...
The first thing to do is to give up all soft drinks and other sweetened beverages that contain it. Then start checking labels meticulously. Even products that aren't thought of as "sweet' often contain it (like croutons and flavored almond slices for salads).
Fortunately, as more and more consumers opt to stay away from HFCS, there are product alternatives out there. Organic pasta sauce and ketchup, for instance, are much less likely to contain HFCS than regular varieties. Look for them at your favorite health food store or even in the "natural" section of your local grocery store.
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