New Research Says Cancer Cells Feed on High Fructose Corn Syrup
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New Research Says Cancer Cells Feed on High Fructose Corn Syrup

In the past few years there have been many health concerns raised on the issue of the American obsession with high fructose corn syrup. For the most part, there has not been much effort in educating people of its dangers and much less effort in reducing the unbelievable amounts of the stuff Americans consume

In the past few years there have been many health concerns raised on the issue of the American obsession with high fructose corn syrup. For the most part, there has not been much effort in educating people of its dangers and much less effort in reducing the unbelievable amounts of the stuff Americans consume. The average American consumes about 12 teaspoons a day, while teenage Americans consumption could be doubled and even triple that, but new findings by scientists at UCLA give the best reason why you should kick the habit.

The experiments, which were done on pancreatic cancer cells, found they multiplied at an increased rate when "fed" with fructose. It is said to be very likely to speed the growth of other types of cancer cells also. High fructose corn syrup's consumption in the United States is so high, it had a 1000% increase from 1970 to 1990, it is a danger all Americans are facing. Anthony Heaney, the associate professor of medicine, and neurosurgery at UCLA's cancer center warned: "The bottom line is the modern diet contains a lot of refined sugar including fructose and it's a hidden danger implicated in a lot of modern deseases, such as obesity, diabetes and fatty liver."  Heany has also called for government action in reducing the American consumption of high-fructose corn syrup, the leading source of fructose in Western diets. Fruits and vegetables are also sources of fructose.

The Corn Refiners Association has tried to reduce the validity of the research though, saying in a statement: "This study does not look at the way fructose is actually consumed by humans, as it was conducted in a laboratory, not inside the human body." They also included that the main causes of pancreatic cancer are complicated and relatively unknown at present.

High fructose corn syrup, which is a sweetener made from a mix of fructose and glucose, is found in a staggering amount of foods and beverages in the United States. It is also the most common form of sugar used in American soft drinks (or sodas). High fructose corn syrup is still the most commonly used type of sweetener in all of America and something needs to be done quickly to reverse this trend. Please also be aware and do not be fooled by products which will advertise that they have replace the high fructose corn syrup with sugar. Sugar also contains high levels of fructose.

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