Susanne Posel (OC) : Researchers at the Keck School of Medicine (KSM) at the University of Southern California (USC) presented a study at the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACN) showing that fructose, a component of high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) can make you feel hungry even after you have eaten, increasing the likelihood of overeating.
The researchers found “fructose ingestion produces smaller increases in circulating satiety hormones than glucose ingestion. Further, administration of fructose directly into the brain provokes feeding in rodents, whereas glucose administered this way promotes satiety, or the feeling of being full.”
While monitored by a functional magnetic resonance imaging scanner (fMRI), volunteers were asked how hungry they were and the reward center of their brains were tracked.
The conclusions of this experiment showed:
- Participants who drank the fructose drink experienced a greater degree of hunger when looking at pictures of food then those who drank glucose
- The fructose drink provoked a greater response in the “reward” center, which was interpreted to mean the participants had a greater desire to eat
In a similar study conducted by Princeton University, rats who were given HFCS displayed excessive weight gain even when their caloric intake was not elevated. Simply consuming HFCS caused the rats to become obese.
The rats gained weight around their abdomen, which directly affected a rise in circulating blood fats (triglycerides).
Because of the bad press HFCS has received over recent years, the Corn Refiners Association (CRA) tried to change the name of the product to corn syrup to fool the public into thinking this was a new and less dangerous sweetener.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rejected the CRA’s request that HFSC be referred to as corn sugar on nutrition labels. In a letter addressed to Audrae Erickson, president of the CRA, the reason the FDA gave was that their definition of sugar is a solid, dried and crystalized “food” – not syrup.
Erickson retorted that since HFCS is not a sugar, it must be confined to the “added sugar’ portion of the nutritional label and this exposure would make the substance’s presence obvious.
To coincide with their proposal to the FDA, the CRA launched a propaganda campaign to fool the public into thinking this renaming of the dangerous substance somehow gave it nutritional value. The CRA ‘s aim was for consumers to see corn sugar in the same way as they perceive granulated sugar.
Two years ago, researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) discovered that HFCS dramatically effects the brain’s ability to cognitively function; i.e. it makes you stupid.
Based on further research into the brains of the rats tested, scientists found that HFCS was actually blocking the rat’s ability to regulate insulin, effecting how their brain cells stored sugar for future use as energy stores. This problem was found within the brain’s areas for processing thoughts.
HFCS negatively affects the brain’s ability to recall information.
Susanne Posel, Occupy Corporatism