High-Fructose Corn Syrup Is Hurting Your Immune System, Too

The obesity-promoting, diabetes-encouraging, liver-damaging abilities of HFCS has long been known

High-Fructose Corn Syrup Is Hurting Your Immune System, Too

Tina Fey, in her book "Bossypants," summed up American's self-destructive love affair with added fructose—especially high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS)—pretty accurately: "We City Folk can pretend that we prefer the rotgut from Starcorps with skim milk and Splenda, but who are we kidding? Maxwell House with French vanilla corn syrup cannot be beat." Recent stats show that the average American consumed just over 22 pounds of HFCS in 2018, and that was in addition to more than 40 pounds of refined cane and beet sugar.

The obesity-promoting, diabetes-encouraging, liver-damaging abilities of HFCS, which shows up in sodas and teas, packaged baked goods, and even yogurt and applesauce, has long been known. But now researchers have published a breakthrough study in "Nature Communications" that shows it also damages your immune system. Seems eating a steady diet of added fructose and HFCS reprograms part of your metabolism, causing your immune system cells to produce chronic inflammation throughout your body, and this falsely-evoked immune response damages your internal organs.

Avoiding added fructose (fructose in fresh fruit is no worry) is easy if you ditch packaged baked goods, many salad dressings, sweetened yogurts, frozen pizzas and dinners, many condiments (read the labels), and sweetened sodas, teas, energy drinks and sports drinks. The rewards are more energy, smoother skin, a better sex life, less risk of chronic disease, and a longer life. For more info check out "The Sugar Wars" with Sanjay Gupta.

So what foods can actually help your immune system? We've got that here.

Foods For Your Immune System to Start Eating Now


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