Reactive carbonyls HFCS connection: Is high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) worse than sugar? A recent soda study preformed by Chi-Tang Ho, P.h.D., at Rutgers University says it is. Ho and his researchers found extremely high levels of reactive carbonyls in 11 different carbonated soft drinks made with high fructose corn syrup. He estimates that one can of your favorite soft drink could contain five times the amount of reactive carbonyls than what would be typically found in the blood of an adult with diabetes, blood that would contain elevated levels of reactive carbonyls as a complication of the disease. Find out more about the reactive carbonyls HFCS connection.
Connecting Reactive Carbonyls HFCS to Increase in Diabetes
Unbound reactive carbonyls are dangerous as they are thought to cause tissue damage, unlike bound and chemically stable fructose and glucose components found in refined sugar.
Published in the Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the study claims that soda with high levels of reactive carbonyls from HFCS is connected to diabetes.
When consumed in high doses, soda containing HFCS leads to the development of diabetes.
I have compiled a list of resources for anyone interested in learning more about the connections between elevated reactive carbonyls in diabetes and over consumption of hfcs:
Kate Hopkins does a thorough job of defining and explaining the molecular status of high fructose corn syrup and why it is so controversial. Information is listed in a series of posts that date back to June 2005. She also lists several products with the ingredient for those that may want to avoid exposure.
For a more up to the minute video broadcast, check out the NBC video report about the Rutgers University High Fructose Corn Syrup and Diabetes study.
Another good article about the subject can be found on the following NBC news site: “Study Links Diabetes and High Fructose Corn Syrup Found in Soda“.
“People consume too much high-fructose corn syrup in this country,” says Ho. “It’s in way too many food and drink products and there’s growing evidence that it’s bad for you.”
Will Giving up Soda Help Me Lose Weight?
Many people try weight loss strategies, especially at the start of the new year. Dr. Oz featured a segment on one of his shows about cutting calories. He told his viewers that cutting out 100 calories a day would cause a person to lose about 10 pounds a year. One viewer decided to cut out soda and in just one month she claimed she lost 12 pounds according to an article at the Huffington Post. She says, “I was drinking at least six sodas per day, so that really got me thinking. I did the math and realized by stopping drinking soda I could easily cut out over 700 calories a day, that’s as much calorie lost as advertised by the top 3 diet pills in the world!”
Update: Does Drinking Soda Cause Depression?
According to the Smithsonian Magazine online, scientist Honglei Chen and colleagues from the National Institutes of Health say yes, drinking soda and depression are linked. Chen and colleagues surveyed 263,925 adults nationwide. The survey showed that depression was more common among those that drink sodas and other sweetened beverages, especially diet soda drinking. Chen claims that increased soda drinking, especially diet soda with aspartame, increases chances of developing clinical depression. Chen and colleagues will present their work at the American Academy of Neurology’s annual meeting in March.