High Fructose Corn Syrup Causes Obesity & Liver Disease in Children

October 29, 2010

in Health News

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By Aaron Melius
HealthTechMall.com

High fructose corn syrup has been suspect for some time as being an underlying cause for obesity.  Found in many everyday items from juice drinks, chips and even bread, it has become the sweetener of choice for most manufacturers because it’s cheaper than sugar and more concentrated.

Most people understand that if you eat foods high in sugar it can cause weight gain and obesity, but now there are new revelations about the super sweetener causing disease too.

…over the course of six weeks, animals fed a diet rich in high fructose corn syrup and trans fat solids resulted in fatty liver disease.

Scientists at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center have discovered that increased dietary consumption of fructose and trans fats significantly increase childhood obesity and also lead to fatty liver disease, resulting in scar tissue of the liver. Researchers looked at animal studies and found that over the course of six weeks, animals fed a diet rich in high fructose corn syrup and trans fat solids (those found in margarine) resulted in fatty liver disease which can lead to permanent liver damage.

Fructose consumption accounts for approximately 11% of the calories in the average American diet and has been linked to many health conditions including obesity, cardiovascular disease and now liver disease. Clearly the American diet is killing our children. While liver disease was once thought of as only occurring in adults, particularly those who consume excess alcohol or drugs, liver health has become a major concern for the youth population as well.

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