54. Ban High Fructose Corn Syrup: High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) is not broken down like other sugars. Normal sugar is broken down by the pancreas, which results in the body releasing insulin to moderate blood sugar. HFCS is not recognized by the body as a sugar, it is broken down by the liver. Since the body does not recognize HFCS as a sugar, blood sugar level spikes wildly causing a reduction in the feeling of being full since it does not trigger the normal sugar and insulin response. HFCS has been linked to cirrhosis of the liver, fatty liver disease, type II diabetes and obesity. HFCS is cheep to make and has replaced nearly every food that once contained sugar. Most HFCS foods are aimed at children or young adult consumption. At the very least, ban HFCS from all cereals, juices, and bread products. The rise in obesity rates has direct links to HFCS and should be recognized as such. Stop subsidizing HFCS and restart subsidizing other sugars such as beet and sugar cane products. If you can’t ban HFCS then tax it to death, this will force predatory capitalists to go back to healthier sugars.
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