Sugar and Stress – Is This a Killer

    Sugar (High Fructose Corn Syrup)

    New research is finally showing how high fructose corn syrup kills you.

    We all know that our diet plays an important role in our health.

    Carbohydrates are broken down by the body into simple sugars for energy.  The result is glucose in the blood.

    But new research shows that if you eat a diet where you are pouring fructose and glucose directly into your system instead of breaking down a more complex carbohydrate, there are significant effects on your body.

    These sugars (fructose and glucose) are absorbed and metabolized in a very different way.

    But especially fructose because it is not regulated by insulin.  This results in tremendous increases in inflammation.

    Inflammation in your body results in an increase in white blood cells.  It’s the same response the body has to a germ or virus.  It goes into overdrive to fight the infection.

    The long-term result is a worn-out immune system, and then the autoimmune diseases start to take over.

    Some of the diseases that result from autoimmune responses gone wild are:

    Rheumatoid arthritis:  These are anti-inflammatory particles in the blood that attach to the joints and over time make it painful when you walk or try to use your hands.

    Lupus: This happens when autoimmune antibodies attach to tissue through the body.  It attacks the joints, lungs, heart, kidneys.

    Inflammatory Bowel Syndrome:  Beyond the pain in your intestines, this syndrome can affect how your body absorbs food resulting in even more problems.

    Multiple Sclerosis (MS): This is when the immune system attacks the nervous systems resulting ultimately in loss of control of your muscles.

    Diabetes:  This is when the body can no longer control its insulin levels resulting in a host of metabolic problems, weight gain and then heart and kidney disease.

    All of these problems go back to the problem with fructose.

    While glucose has its own problems, particularly with weight gain, new studies are linking the unique problems with fructose with the inflammation and autoimmune damage.

    Dr. DiNicolantonio puts it this way:

    “Traditionally, the leading hypothesis regarding the development of obesity involves caloric imbalance, whereby the number of calories consumed exceeds the amount of calories burned which causes obesity.

    Another hypothesis for why we get fat has surfaced in the last decade, which is the idea that the overconsumption of added sugars and refined carbohydrates induce insulin resistance and high insulin levels causing obesity.

    While insulin is a fat-storing hormone, this hypothesis does not explain visceral adiposity, or why certain people are found to have fat stored in and around their organs.

    We [James J. DiNicolantonio et al.] propose a new mechanism for body fattening, particularly visceral adiposity. This hypothesis involves the overconsumption of fructose, which leads to inflammation in all cells that metabolize it rapidly.”

    His studies are showing that fructose is uniquely responsible for the autoimmune response.

    He is concerned that fructose is also responsible for the dangerous fat that surrounds your organs.

    What this may mean is you might want to look at getting rid of all products that contain high fructose corn syrup.

    You can find out more about the dangers of corn syrup and the various names food marketers use to hide it in soft drinks and other pre-packaged food.  (

    The question you have to ask yourself is “does this soft drink taste that good that I want to put my health at risk?”

    And it very well might because you are in essence creating the same response in your body as an infection.