I decided to combine these three items since they typically go “hand in hand” in our “Big Gulp” society, despite what you hear from the sugar industry and its efforts to prevent the distribution of information that accurately links refined sugars to chronic disease. Sugar, high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS), and sodas are all on the “no no” list if you want to obtain optimal health.
Remember, cancer cells grow by anaerobic respiration. In other word, they ferment sugar. If you’ve ever made wine, you’ll know that fermentation requires sugar. There are many nutritional cancer therapies, but not a single on allows foods high in carbohydrates and not a single one allows sugar, because sugar feeds cancer cells
HFCS has taken our food shelves by storm. It is present in almost everything we eat today, including breads, sweets, sodas, oatmeal, barbeque sauce, ketchup, jelly, jam, yogurt, chocolate, milk, pop tarts, and cereal, to name a few. But isn’t HFCS a healthy alternative to sugar? Well, in a word, “no.” A few months ago I remember seeing commercials about HFCS, the core message of which was that HFCS is made from corn, has no artificial ingredients, has the same calories as sugar, and is OK to eat. The ads are priceless in their total misrepresentation of facts and in their complete lack of respect for the IQ of the viewing public.
The truth is that HFCS doesn’t actually exist anywhere in nature. It is a manufactured product created by using enzymes (two natural, one synthetic) to increase the fructose content of corn syrup to about 90%. This super HFCS is then blended “down” with a 100% glucose corn syrup to be added to our foods. When HFCS is ingested, it travels straight to the liver which turns the sugary liquid into fat. According to the USDA, HFCS depletes the body of chromium, which is important in helping glucose pass from the bloodstream into the cells. This depletion of chromium in combination with an overworked pancreas frequently results in diabetes.
But isn’t HFCS made from corn? Yes, it’s absolutely true that HFCS is made from corn, but that means nothing. Biodiesel is also made from corn, but you don’t want to eat biodiesel! The bottom line is that just because you start with a natural, safe substance doesn’t automatically make derivatives of that substance safe. Let’s think about this for a moment. What do farmers feed cows when they want to fatten them up for market? Corn, of course! So, if you want to look like a cow, all you have to do is eat lots of corn and corn by-products, including HFCS.
And to make matters worse, two separate studies- one published in the Journal of Environmental Health and the other conducted by the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) – recently revealed the fact that HFCS may also contain mercury. And if that’s not enough, over 86% of corn in the USA is now genetically modified.
“But why didn’t my doctor warn me about HFCS?” It wasn’t too long ago when doctors were being paid by cigarette companies to actually endorse cigarettes. So it’s really no surprise that there are some doctors who are clueless on the dangers of HFCS, despite the fact that it’s basically common sense to anyone who has half a brain and has spent more than a few minutes studying the issue.
One can of soda has almost 13 teaspoons of sugar, most of which is fructose from HFCS. Another reason to avoid carbonated sodas is that they have a pH of around 2.0, which will contribute to a highly acidic terrain. According to Dr. James Howenstine, in his book A Physician’s Guide to Natural Health Products That Work: “In an interesting experiment the sugar from one soft drink was able to damage the white blood cells’ ability to ingest and kill gonococcal bacteria for seven hours…. Soft drinks also contain large quantities of phosphorus, which when excreted pulls calcium out of the bones. Heavy users of soft drinks will have osteoporosis along with their damaged arteries.”
In 1951, Dr. Clive McCay, a Navy nutritionist at the Naval Medical Research Institute, found that human teeth softened and started to dissolve in a short period of time after sitting in a cup of Coca Cola. He stated the acidity of cola beverages is about the same as vinegar, only it is masked by the sugar content. Maybe this is why sodas are also referred to as “soft drinks” – because they soften your teeth and bones!!
And if you think diet sodas are better, think again. Diet sodas typically have a lower pH than normal soda, and they also contain harmful artificial sweeteners like aspartame. If you want to sweeten foods, I recommend stevia, which is an herb 300 times sweeter than sugar. Its medicinal uses include regulating blood sugar, preventing hypertension, treatment of skin disorders, and prevention of tooth decay. Other studies show that it is a natural antibacterial and antiviral agent as well. So, while it will make your food tasty, stevia is also actually good for you! For the cancer patient, sugar is a definite “no no.” If you hate your cancer, then starve it. If you regularly drink sodas, try drinking water instead. Eliminating sugar, HFCS, and sodas from your diet is one of the easiest ways to immediately improve your health.