1970 and 2000, the per capita consumption of
HFCS in the U.S. increased from less than one
pound per person to over sixty pounds year”
That is a known fact that has been floating around the research community for several years. The above quote comes from a article called Worse Than We Thought by Sally Fallon and Rami Nagel (dated Spring 2009)
The sugar industry began adding HFCS to our diets as far back as 1970 and applied for GRAS (generally regarded as safe) in 1983, but wasn’t given the pass until 1996 and that was because of political pressure more than the fact that it was “regarded as safe” by scientific standards. I am not a scientist, but certainly favor the notion of learning all I can regarding our food supply and in these dubious times it is almost imperative to study the science and evolution of food in order to find out what is being done to every bite one takes. From the genetic alteration of fresh grown fields of beets (gmo’d) corn (gmo’d) along with the various oils that are processed and laid out for you to fry foods, mix in baking, ladle on salads, spread on your bread in form of mayo or salad dressing, etc. those being the gmo of canola, soybean and cotton. Also there appears to be some fields of squash and zucchini that are now suspect. I try to stay up on this type of information, but until the official word is out regarding whether a food is gmo’d or not, I usually try to avoid that item.
This morning as I was reading through today’s headlines I am seeing more scientific results of regarding Leptin and how not having enough of it may be in some way responsible for Alzheimer’s.
According to the article I was reading it says: “Leptin is produced by fat cells in our bodies, and is important for regulating our hunger and fat stores.”
Now go over to the study done by Fallon/Nagel and read what they say about Leptin:
“Thus, to the extent that fructose inhibits
insulin and leptin levels, one would expect an
increase in food intake in a diet that includes
As you can see just from my own little bit of reading this morning if you can “connect the dots” it doesn’t seem at all improbable that this connection lies within the framework of the over consumption of HFCS. I am seeing this possibility and want to make note of it. I just did a quick google and cannot find the exact data regarding Alzheimer’s number increased, but it seems that the late 1970’s it was beginning to shift in definition. See article here . First is says it was discovered or named in 1906 by a German scientist named Alzheimer, but then later in the 1970’s
“For most of the twentieth century, the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease was reserved for individuals between the ages of 45 and 65 who developed symptoms of dementia. The terminology changed after 1977 when a conference on AD concluded that the clinical and pathological manifestations of presenile and senile dementia were almost identical, although the authors also added that this did not rule out the possibility that they had different causes. This eventually led to the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease independently of age. The term senile dementia of the Alzheimer type (SDAT) was used for a time to describe the condition in those over 65, with classical Alzheimer’s disease being used for those younger. Eventually, the term Alzheimer’s disease was formally adopted in medical nomenclature to describe individuals of all ages with a characteristic common symptom pattern, disease course, and neuropathology.
I see a definite parallel between the dates of HFCS and this disease. One that gives me concern. I began to try my very best to avoid HFCS 2 1/2 years ago, it is not easy, it is in so many foods, and I eat catered meals here where I live, still yet, each year I figure out how to work around it better and better. But I am not your average consumer who ignores what the govt deems safe, I tend to do my own research and find out what is behind the veil. Most hard working consumers don’t have the time nor the energy to put forth this type of in-depth research, see there is football on tv, all kinds of kids sports, numerous bars and restaurants, fox news and lots of other things that take up our time, most of those who work hard deserve some kind of satisfaction, and also with all the sickness in the world and communities filled with hungry people to feed, who has the time to look for reasons for issues such as this, isn’t that what corporations/govt are for? If Walmart sells it, that means it is good, right? ….?????? right?????? (silence on the other end here)