Expanding waistlines, memory loss may be linked to high-fructose corn syrup

Tri-City HeraldAugust 24, 2012 

— Feeling fluffy? Wondering why that once-trim waistline is only a faint memory?

Researchers at UCLA are pondering the results of a new study that seems to indicate that eating a high-fructose diet may have more consequences than adding on extra pounds.

According to an article I read by Sylvia Booth Hubbard for Newsmax magazine, rats fed a fructose solution in place of their drinking water for six weeks had a problem navigating a maze. Their ability to think and remember was affected.

Ms. Hubbard's news story noted that more study is needed, but the human brain may be affected as well.

"Eating a high-fructose diet over the long term alters your brain's ability to think and remember information," warned UCLA professor of neurosurgery Fernando Gomez-Pinilla.

Also included in this same health item is another study at Princeton University where rats were fed high-fructose corn syrup by researchers. The outcome indicated the rats "gained 47 percent more weight than rats who were fed an equal number of calories, but no corn syrup."

What is troubling about this information is that even if you try to eliminate HFCS, it is in a lot of processed food.

My husband and I eat "close to the Earth," shopping primarily in the outer perimeter of the grocery store, but HFCS is in unsuspecting products. After checking labels in our refrigerator, I found it in a meat sauce we commonly use.

This man-made sweetener is in condiments, crackers, soups -- and a lot more, including flavored juice drinks. There are indicators showing HFCS doesn't alert the body to stop eating, although sugar does. This may explain expanding waistlines.

Now, add to that the possibility that HFCS may affect the ability to think and remember, and it gives pause for thought -- which is what I do when I leave Costco and have forgotten where I parked my car.

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