Tuesday, February 9, 2010

The Dangers of High Fructose Corn Syrup

Budweiser stock just went up and Coca Cola down today!
Bad news for soft drink makers at least those made with a certain sugar, high fructose corn syrup.
A study found that 2 sugary drinks per week could increase risk of pancreatic cancer by 87% if other risk factors like diabetes, red meat eater and smoking are present. Interesting is the fact that fruit juices with equivalent sugar have no effect on anyone so that seems to indicate that something synthetic or some combination of ingredients in the soft drinks is the problem!

My educated guess as a chemist is that the high fructose corn syrup, a semi synthetic sugar, is the culprit possibly combined with low pH (high acidity), all the flavor ingredients and phosphate at least in Classic Coke and DP! Sometimes combinations of benign organic chemicals can form carcinogenic toxins in combination with other food in the stomach where the pH is low(2) and highly acidic. Another example is cured meats like bacon with nitrite as a preservative.
Another possibility is dark color in Coke and DP due to the caramel coloring which is burned sugar . Anything burned is carcinogenic.

An exstudent/engineer, Dan Lyke, just added his opinion:
"I understand that high fructose corn syrup is very hard to metabolize in the digestive system since it is initially based from a fiber source. When the fiber doesn't appear, the enzymes that were triggered to break down the fiber are left confused and don't have anything to work on... this leads to other health problems."
Most nutritionists have warned about high fructose corn syrup for years, especially for obese people in danger of diabetes, and so now some responsible food companies post a label: No High Fructose Corn Syrup on some products.

Instead of a Coke in the morning I suppose now I have a good excuse to go back to my college days and have a Bud, the breakfast of champions!

You are asking how is this related to entropy and politics! Our college days greatly increased entropy/disorder in our bodies especially if in social clubs, but decreased it in our minds at least for most of us!
The video links below are from an ex student, Dr. Kent Zocchi, a retinal surgeon in Little Rock, concerning my last blog about the dangers of high fructose corn syrup. Please watch these videos, especially if you have children who drink sugary drinks and are overweight or if you are headed down that dangerous road.
We can blame Richard Nixon for this political conspiracy that is killing us slowly - a real Right Wing Conspiracy! HFCS is poison! Treat it as such!
You won't be consuming any HFCS anymore.

Sugar: The Bitter Truth

The Politics of Obesity,

As far as politics is concerned, not much effect on any of us before the 60's. I graduated in '64 before the cultural upheaval in Texas migrated from California. Most everyone in southern universities like Baylor where I was were still traditional conservatives, both Democrats and Republicans. One hundred miles south of Waco in Austin the fires of liberalism were beginning to burn and now Austin is a island of progressivism surrounded by a sea of Texas traditionalists who would secede from the union before they would succumb to liberalism!

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