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It’s tragic when a person falls into a heroin or meth addiction, but if you really want to know the struggle he or she must face to beat it, do this:

Go cold turkey on fructose.

It’s a drastic analogy, but one that should raise our awareness. After all, any ingestive damage to our health is still avoidable damage.

As with any health claim, it’s good practice to check the references. It’s also wise to check multiple sources. The videos shown here — with citations listed below each one — contain a recurring theme, which infers a valid takeaway.

We truly are what we eat.

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It’s always important to remember that science is a process with conclusions that are repeatable by independent parties. As such, here’s what science currently tells us about High Fructose Corn Syrup:

  • We are consuming high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) and sugar in pharmacological quantities never before experienced in human history: 140 pounds a year versus 20 teaspoons a year 10,000 years ago.
  • HFCS is always found in very poor-quality foods that are nutritionally vacuous and filled with all sorts of other disease promoting compounds, fats, salt, chemicals, and even mercury.

The time is now to be proactive. Otherwise …

A peer-reviewed study in 2004 confirmed that only the increase in corn syrup and a decrease in fiber intake correlated positively with the prevalence of type 2 diabetes.

Here are five common-sense tips to protect yourself against the danger of excess fructose:

    • Avoid all sweetened soft drinks.
    • Read labels and avoid any products containing high-fructose corn syrup or fructose.
    • Cut your overall intake of table sugar.
    • Use the natural non-caloric sweetener stevia extract in powder or liquid form.
    • Consider taking supplements that may prevent or ameliorate the damage associated with elevated blood sugar

Here are four supplements that have produced results for some who already have Type 2 diabetes:

    • R-Alpha Lipoic Acid is recommended to prevent glycation and may decrease the development or improve the symptoms of neuropathy in diabetic patients.
    • Benfotiamine is a bio-available vitamin B1 analog that’s been shown to prevent some of the damage associated with diabetes-related high blood sugar levels.
    • Carnosine acts as an anti-glycating agent that inhibits AGE formation as well as protein glycation, oxidation, and cross-linking associated with aging.
    • Pyridoxamine is an advanced formulation of vitamin B6 and has been shown by Harvard-based researchers acts as a “broad inhibitor” of advanced glycation to benefit patients with diabetic nephropathy.

If you don’t take action, the damage will continue.

Of course, the scientific process will constantly refine its observations on this subject. But for now, any responsible presentation for weight loss or related condition should include a caveat regarding the effects of high-fructose corn syrup.

If it doesn’t and you don’t check references yourself, then the joke’s on you.

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