(NaturalHealth365) The newest research shows that high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is not only addictive, but can cause behavioral reactions similar to those produced by drugs such as cocaine. The results of these studies were presented by addiction expert Francesco Leri, Associate Professor of Neuroscience and Applied Cognitive Science at the University of Guelph Ontario, Canada.
These results clearly suggest that the current (global) obesity epidemic; violent crimes and disease largely stem from poor quality food laced with HFCS, MSG plus many other additive ingredients. Yet, the lame-stream media continues to focus on promoting greater governmental control over our lives in order to “save us”.
How does HFCS alter (damage) brain function?
Did you know that drug addicts and high fructose corn syrup users – use the same (over used) brain circuits? There is significant activity in all areas of the brain, especially in the hippocampus when consuming potent sweeteners. When addicted to powerful substances – you can literally burn out the brain from over-simulation.
So, when you consider that a healthy brain is essential for learning, memory and emotional wellbeing – it’s no wonder we have so many health problems from these unnatural sweeteners.
Dr. Leri stated, “We have evidence in laboratory animals of a shared vulnerability to develop preferences for sweet foods and cocaine.”
Dr. Leri investigated the behavioral, chemical and neurobiological changes induced by the consumption of “addictive foods” in the body and brains of lab animals.
Though we don’t always equate human studies with animal ones, there is one thing we surely have in common – humans (and animals) are being used experimentally. HFCS, aspartame and GMO’s do not have adequate safety testing – yet they have been approved, by soulless politicians, and the health consequences are devastating.
We are what we eat – literally
Our diet has the ability to modulate numerous pathways that can cause all types of inflammatory diseases such as, Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, cardiovascular disease and diabetes. And, let’s not forget, food has a great influence over our moods and behavior.
If you’re feeling a little depressed – clean up your diet!
Food can switch critical genes off and on; modulate cell-signaling molecules and target different organs. When we consume unnatural (toxic) substances – we make it easy for the “wrong” message to get into our cells. What do you think – could all of this toxic food be causing the rise in autoimmune disorders?
In a small human study, published recently in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), scientists used magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans to track blood flow in the brain of young normal-weight individuals. The scans showed that drinking plain glucose “turns off the areas of the brain that are critical for reward and desire for food,” according to Dr. Robert Sherwin, chief of endocrinology at Yale University School of Medicine.
According to Dr. Sherwin, it also showed that with fructose, “we don’t see those changes” and “as a result the desire to eat continues – it isn’t turned off.” The researchers saw these changes in the hypothalamus, insula, and striatum, which are regions in the brain that regulate appetite, motivation and reward processing, in addition to increasing connections in certain brain pathways linked to satiety.
Clearly, the multinational food producers are profiting from metabolic dis-ease. More and more people (literally) don’t know how to stop eating. Millions of people (aimlessly) purchase billions of dollars in processed foods and it’s slowly killing off humanity.
Is HFCS worse than sugar?
Researchers found that fructose was more potent than glucose in bring about changes within the central nervous system. We all know that excessive sugar intake can produce opiate-like effects similar to psycho-stimulants. Well, HFCS is no different – causing all kinds of food cravings, binging and withdrawal issues.
High fructose corn syrup may take longer to produce a cocaine-like reaction – but it’s real and quite harmful. In addition, HFCS will cause you to experience less focus and mental clarity; more drowsiness and a higher level of anxiety. If you’re having difficulty with concentration or being productive – remove processed sugar (and artificial sweeteners) from your diet.
We all want the same thing for ourselves and future generations – freedom, great health and happiness. If we really want to improve our society by eliminating senseless violence and avoid disease – we must improve the diet of humanity.
Our future depends on it.
About the author: Jonathan Landsman is the host of NaturalHealth365.com, the NaturalHealth365 Talk Hour – a free, weekly health show and the NaturalHealth365 INNER CIRCLE – a monthly subscription to the brightest minds in natural health and healing.
Reaching hundreds of thousands of people, worldwide, as a personal health consultant, writer and radio talk show host – Jonathan has been educating the public on the health benefits of an organic (non-GMO) diet along with high-quality supplementation and healthy lifestyle habits including exercise and meditation.
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