The high fructose corn syrup vs. natural sweetener debate is a popular topic on social media and in PTA meetings around the country. Scores of people will have us believe that eating high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is bad for your body and has a negative impact on your overall health.
The people fighting the use of HFCS commonly urge others to eliminate the sweetener from their diets and replace it with raw honey, agave syrup, and/or cane sugar. The public is familiar with the hype, but the Monsanto corporation believes that we haven’t heard the actual truth.
“There are lots of rumors going around about corn syrup lately,” says Richard Wilde, a representative of Monsanto. “You hear all kinds of things from the misinformed public. Rumors pass from one person to the next and it just causes a lot of confusion.”
It’s been said that, when consumed daily, HFCS causes little tears in the lining of the gut which allow small particles of undigested food into the bloodstream, creating chronic inflammation. This condition is known in the alternative health community as leaky gut syndrome (intestinal permeability). Members of this same community even make the bold claim that HFCS is to blame for the obesity epidemic in the United States.
It’s impossible for the average consumer to sift through all of these claims and opinions to get to the truth of the matter. With the help of Richard Wilde and Monsanto, scientists here at WIT have uncovered the cold, hard facts. Not only is HFCS safe for human consumption, it’s actually very healthy! This news may come as a surprise to some, and a most unpleasant surprise to others. The facts, however, cannot be denied.
HFCS isn’t just a delicious and perfectly natural sweetener, it is a versatile product with many remarkable uses. Because it is derived from a vegetable, corn syrup can be taken as a supplement and is a miracle worker in cases of malnutrition. If a person isn’t getting the daily amount of vegetables recommended by the FDA and Monsanto, HFCS can be used to remedy that.
This super food is actually well known amongst scientists for having powerful healing properties. The alternative health community would have consumers believe the same of raw local honey. The research, however, suggests that HFCS is actually better than raw honey in almost every way. The cost of raw honey is much higher than corn syrup, so these untruths help to line the pockets of greedy health food store owners. HFCS is proven to be more effective than honey when used as a topical treatment for acne and superficial wounds because of its antibacterial properties. It is also a powerful anti-inflammatory and, far from causing leaky gut syndrome, it can heal the small injuries in the gut lining and rid the body of chronic inflammation.
When making decisions about food and health, it is important to remember that we are living in the age of misinformation. Opinions are often treated as facts, and rumors spread like wildfire. It would be beneficial, when confronted with popular suppositions, to use common sense. Spending extra money won’t sweeten the deal when it comes to your health or your wallet.