Thursday, November 8, 2012

Feeding Frenzy

High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is already implicated in obesity and diabetes, but a team of scientists from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), says that HFCS is a major contributor to cancer cell proliferation. They discovered that cancer cells an affinity for refined fructose. In fact, in the tests the researchers conducted, pancreatic cancer cells gobbled up refined fructose and used its sustenance to divide and proliferate quickly within the body.

Their findings were published in the journal Cancer Research, and one of the authors of the study, Dr. Anthony Heaney of UCLA’s Jonsson Cancer Center, says, “These findings show that cancer cells can readily metabolize fructose to increase proliferation.”

They say HFCS intake causes cancer cells to reproduce and spread in ways that even plain ol' sugar cannot. That’s not to say that cancer cells don’t like glucose. They do. It’s just that fructose directly causes cancer cells to proliferate and to take over faster than glucose does. “Importantly, fructose and glucose metabolism are quite different,” wrote the research team.

It’s no surprise, then, that a study published in Cancer, Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention by the American Association for Cancer Research in 2010 links 5 sodas a week to an 87% increase in pancreatic cancer. Check it out here:

Now, back to the study on HFCS’ link to cancer cell proliferation and its results. . .

“I think this paper has a lot of public health implications,” says Dr. Heaney. “Hopefully, at the federal level there will be some effort to step back on the amount of high fructose corn syrup in our diets,” he adds.

Maybe there will be some changes as a result of this study, but even in 2009, HFCS was still being used in at least 55% of all sweetened foods and beverages, including sodas and other sugary drinks—which account for two-thirds of our annual intake of HFCS. So, we still have a long way to go to bring this cancer cell-catalyzing sweetener under control.

We’re not going to get any help from the corn refining biz, though. In fact, in 2008 and in 2010, respectively, the Corn Refiners Association insinuated that consumers who questioned high fructose corn syrup were “self-righteous” and “incoherent” and that differences in the chemistry of HFCS and table sugar was nothing more than “an urban myth.”

Really?? They sure are defending this poison.

High fructose corn syrup is in more than you might think it is, too. Watch this video showing how the Corn Refiners Association ads discount those who question. The video also features Sugar Shock! co-author Connie Bennett, who tells us about how prevalent HFCS is in our nation’s diet.

I sure don’t want the HFCS cellular “feeding frenzy” in my food or beverages.

How about you?