If governments were serious about making food labels easier to understand, they would drop all those 20-letter words describing all the additives and that we can barely pronounce, and use a symbol everyone would recognize instantly.
Like those skull and crossbones you’d see on a box of rat poison.
A case in point are additives like sugars, especially fructose and high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). You’ll find HCFS packed into fizzy drinks (even the ‘diet’ kind), sports drinks, processed foods and even in fruit juices that claim to be healthy for you.
I see the deadly effects of a lifetime of HFCS consumption in my patients every day. It’s been linked to diabetes, stroke and weight gain, and is worse for our hearts than we ever imagined.
A new Swiss study just published in the journal Nature shows how HCFS triggers a deadly chain reaction that can enlarge your heart and even cause fatal heart failure.
You see, unlike glucose, which is converted into spikes of energy, HFCS is metabolized directly into fat that collects around the liver and the abdomen.
Eating too much HFCS can increase blood pressure, which causes your heart muscle to grow so it can pump more blood throughout your circulatory system. Even worse, your enlarged heart starts drawing on HFCS as an energy source, which triggers further growth of the muscle and can cause heart failure.
You can protect yourself by reading nutrition labels and avoiding added sugars and HFCS in particular. One easy way, which I recommend to my own patients, is giving the Paleo Diet a try.
It’s often known as the “caveman diet” because it harkens back to the eating habits of our ancestors in the Paleolithic period, which started a couple million years ago. Back then, humans could eat only what they could hunt and gather — meat, fish, leafy greens, and fruits and vegetables.
So no grains, no sugar, and no processed foods. And certainly no HFCS.
Our bodies simply aren’t adapting to modern foods and additives — especially the thousands being created by processed food companies — fast enough. Many common illnesses, like heart disease, are being caused by our inability to process HCFS, along with the dozens of other ingredients you’ll find in fizzy drinks, a bowl of sugary cereal or a microwaveable precooked dinner.
Paleo isn’t just a fad. Research has shown the Paleo Diet is far superior to other eating plans when it comes to weight loss, improving heart risk factors and providing nutritional vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
So, break the added sugar cycle and give Paleo a try. There are plenty of great cookbooks and recipes online. You’ll be eating healthier and better and your heart will thank you.Wishing you the best of health,
Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Nutrition & Healing
HIF-driven SF3B1 induces KHK-C to enforce fructolysis and heart disease, nature.com