Consuming High Fructose Corn Syrup Causes Brain Damage – UCLA Research Shows

My Take:  I read about the dangers of high fructose corn syrup about five years ago, and ever since then I try to check every product I purchase to insure it’s not in there.  This study by researchers at UCLA should give everyone pause and I suggest at the very least you do your own homework.  Particularly since it is apparently in a lot of baby food.

So after feeding rats high fructose corn syrup…

“Their brain cells had trouble signaling each other, disrupting the rats’ ability to think clearly and recall the route they’d learned six weeks earlier.”

In other words, eating too much fructose could interfere with insulin’s ability to regulate how cells use and store sugar, which is necessary for processing thoughts and emotions.

“Our study shows that a high-fructose diet harms the brain as well as the body. This is something new.”

High-fructose corn syrup is commonly found in soda, condiments, applesauce, baby food and other processed snacks.

The average American consumes more than 40 pounds (18 kilograms) of high-fructose corn syrup per year, according to the US Department of Agriculture.

Well on the positive side, at least now we have an decent idea as to why the sheeple are so completely oblivious to reality in general, and to their slide into debt serfdom in particular.

Read the article here.

5 thoughts on “Consuming High Fructose Corn Syrup Causes Brain Damage – UCLA Research Shows

  1. “Well on the positive side, at least now we have an decent idea as to why the sheeple are so completely oblivious”

    I think the sheeple are oblivious because as Wayne Gretzky once said, “I skate to where the puck is going not where it’s been.” Let me explain. You’re in front of the curve Mike; you’re skating to where the puck is going not where it’s been or where it currently sits. And I’m equally guilty of being ahead of the curve.

    It’s hard not to be guilty of being in front of the curve when the data is so obvious to us but look at it from the Sheeple’s perspective: at the end of the day, right now, the vast majority of Americans will have had a good day. Think about that for a second.

    For those that can’t make their mortgage payments, no problem. Just squat. For those that have a hard time making ends meet, no problem. Just SNAP up some food. For those that lost their jobs, no problem. Collect unemployment, squat or have your mortgage HARP’ed, plus SNAP up some food, and hope things get better; in the meantime, party like it’s 1999 and go buy yourself a nice iProduct. And you fall off the unemployment roll just sign up for the SSDI roll. I’m not suggesting life is easy for these people is necessarily emotionally but most of them still will have had a good day as the sun sets tonight.

    And for those that never lost their jobs and lived prudently and well below their means–aside from some inflation at the pump, etc. the bill hasn’t really even come due yet for all the record stimulus and deficit spending–heck the dollar is even strengthening right now. Sure, savers have been punished with the zero bound. But not your typical Joe-Six-pack who has seen his 401k mushroom and his standard of living relatively stable and his main asset, his house, propped up. This guy is pretty happy right now.

    And that’s where America is at for the moment. How could the sheeple be anything but ignorant to what is going on? Sure, it’s unsustainable–WE KNOW THIS. The problem is—THEY, the sheeple, DO NOT. They really think the government can save all that is ill with a magic ball. Heck, it’s what our politicians promise them election after election.

    But we know that without the unsustainable record transfer payments and record annual deficits year after year we’d already be living in the Great Depression II. Instead, we have to hear the countless claims that we’re making our way through the Great Recession. But to quote Celente, what we’re actually living through is the great “cover up” and the “Greater Depression.” It’s just not obvious–yet. But it will be…..just like the housing bubble was built like a castle made of sand, so too is this artificial and phony economy we’re living in right now; it will drift into the sea, eventually–as Hendrix once sang.

    Total Credit Market Debt–the grease for the entire system–has barely moved despite the unprecedented measures and bubbles in sub-prime car loans and student debt. And we KNOW the velocity of money is just not moving into the economy. But even if it did? So what? If banks loaned out all 1.6 trillion in excess reserves at the standard leverage ratio of 10:1 that’d be 16 trillion. NOT GOING TO HAPPEN. Even if it did, think about how ridiculous our predicament is: we need total market credit to grow by over $50 trillion within the next 10 years just to keep the system from unraveling.

    As the non-leadership “leaders” pretend all is well–their task is impossible. They will not get credit to grow in a safe way out of the perils of runaway crazy inflation–we’ve hit the proverbial wall of one kind or another–hyper-deflation or inflation. Forget about it. The sheeple will be awoken soon enough.

    Before then, though, we’ll have these periods where they get the hopium sufficiently loaded. And the powers that be are TRYING to create the next bubble in STOCKS and are going to be successful IMO (heck they already are to some extent). It’s as clear as day. Greenspan called stocks cheap (14x trailing earnings at record profit margins cheap?). Buffett says to buy stocks hand over fist because that should be the asset of choice over cash, bonds, and gold. Larry Fink says everyone should be 100% invested in stocks. Jamie Dimon says he owns stocks and you get America “cheap” with them. No one in their right mind really thinks 14x peak profit margins is cheap. But THEY know more QE will just mean MORE liquidity to the banks that will be sent into the stock market to get that desired “wealth effect.” Plus, the constant smash downson PM’s is nothing more then the powers that be trying dissuade the public from them and to channel them into stocks where a 5% down move will not be tolerated–unlike silver that will be smashed down 5% by the markets open. It’s so obvious what they are doing.They are just PRAYING by creating the next bubble that’s they get things moving again. But we’ve seen this movie before.

    Equally obvious is how it will end. It will end just the way the housing bubble ended. It will end the way the tech bubble ended. It will end the way ever bubble ends. Badly.

    This scheme surely can’t and won’t last—everything eventually falls on its own weight. When it does, the sheeple will be lead to slaughter. Keep up the good fight. One saved sheeple is worth all the work you do…..

  2. Today is their M.O. to create a stock bubble. Everything tanks on Greek news within a few nano-seconds. Miraculous bounce last minute–precious metals remain depressed. What a sad state.

    • Hey Michael:
      Right, but interestingly I visited the original article only to discover it was already spinning the discovery by creating a linguistic equivalence between the word sugar and the studied substance HFCS. From the headline on the writer freely uses one to mean the other. This is a clear case of attempting to destroy a legitimate distinction in the reader’s mind. When we hear sugar, we think of something derived from cane or beets, not corn. Whoever is writing and editing this piece is clearly trying to wrestle the term sugar away from cane and into “all sweeteners” territory.
      Control the language, control the debate, of course. But it’s such a ham-fisted attempt that it’s glaring. Doesn’t change the facts of the study or kill the informational quality, it’s merely strange and dispiriting.

  3. Right on Mike, part of the food democracy; we can end the Fed and topple bankers, but Monsanto needs to go before they destroy all our health and control food worldwide with their round-up ready seeds. Part of the corporate control where government official sit on Monsanto’s board; not unlike the financial world.

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