Americans eat huge doses of sugar, most specifically high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) on a daily basis. Because HFCS is sweeter and cheaper than regular sugar and is in every processed food and sugar-sweetened drink, we have gone from 20 teaspoons of sugar per person per year to about 150 pounds of sugar per person per year. That’s a half pound a day for every man, woman, and child in America.
HFCS is made from corn starch that is turned into glucose, then further broken down into fructose. Fructose becomes separated allowing it to make a beeline directly into your liver, turning on a fat production in your liver called lipogenesis.
This leads to fatty liver, the most common disease in America today, affecting 90 million Americans. That fatty liver leads to diabesity — pre-diabetes and Type 2 diabetes. So, HFCS -high fructose corn syrup is the real driver of the current epidemic of heart attacks, strokes, cancer, dementia, and of course, Type 2 diabetes
Foods like soda, dressings, frozen foods, breads, boxed foods and cereals to name a few, contain HFCS and when you eat sugar in those doses, it becomes a toxin. Reading your labels and simply choosing a better ingredient can keep you from the maladies that can occur.